Colour me Ombré!

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Continuing with our hair topics and  something I  have been mulling over is Hair Colour. So I know there are mixed opinion about hair colour mostly in terms of hair damage. But lets not get bogged down by only the disadvantages. There are advantages too in terms of what it does to your hair and entire look. You can get an idea of what colour would work for you by taking the colour quiz. But lets take a look at some questions to keep in mind while selecting your perfect colour:
1. How much colour? The answer is either highlights or global. Which means the colouring style you want to opt for :

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1. Global : full hair colour

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2. Ombré: latest technique and the biggest rage. It shades hair in dark to light from top to ends. It gives dimension as the hair shades change in dark and light tones of the same shade.

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3. Highlights : lighter shades are used to add dimension to your hair.

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4. Low lights : darker shades are added to give more body to your hair.
Thus, colouring techniques are based on your hair style and face cut to enhance your feautures and beauty.

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2. What type of colour? Whether you should use tube, foam, oil based, mouse etc. That will actually depend on your hair texture but ammonia free are good as they are less damaging. Whether you want temperory or permanent is also important, as hair chalks, maskaras or extensions can be donned for an evening and washed off.  The darker your hair the stronger the colour is needed for the colour to go onto it.
3. The colour for you? There are numerous colours and trends keep changing whether its blonde, caramel, red, brown, ash, black , pink, blue, purple. You can never go wrong with shades which are a couple of shades lighter than your natural hair colour as they will compliment your natural skin and eye colour.  Lets check out the hair colour shades which would look good as per your hair and skin tone:

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1. Warm undertone : yellow undertones are warm undertones. So irrespective of fair, medium or dark opt for these hues to get the best results: brown, auburn, mohagany. Highlights of cinnamon and copper bring out your natural colours. Avoid blonde as it dulls your complexion be partial towards reds as it compliments the yellow.

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2. Cool undertones : pink tinge or undertones have cool undertone. Choose brown in forms of honey,wheat or taupe or rather with bluish tinge to even out the redness. Avoid dark colours and opt for light shades.

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3.Fair tones : you should opt for lighter shades of brown and red like walnut and mahogany.  You can carry unusual colours  like  mermaid blue , ivory, turqoiseas  well but they should be in cooler tones. Important is your undertone as if you have a pink tinge then avoid reds as you might look tomatoish. And please remember that even if you are Indian fair you are not American or European fair so blonde will never look natural. It just makes one look bleached out and is a bad luck. While choosing hues of brown you can opt for ash or light, darker shades will make your features look harder and older.

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4. Wheatish : caramel and copper tones bring out your skin colour and set of your eyes. Ash blonde might look great as highlights. Unusual colours like plum and mulberry and Carolina blue work well .

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5. Dark : burgundy and dark brown and red look great on your skin. Darker shades with one shade lighter highlights look great and play up your duskiness. Even unusual colours in dark shades like orchid, crimson, indigo, amethyst and brick red look good.
  Thus, hair colours can change your look entirely. 2 of the most important things to keep in mind while colouring is the technique and the colour as only the right combination will give you the desired look. Global colouring will complete change your look but others could soften or harden your feautures. Just like make up, hair colour should play up the qualities of your natural hair and skin colour. So experiment, am keen on  ombré- ing up my tresses 🙂

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