Hair colour advise!


Hey Ladies,

I've had jet black (blue black) hair (coloured, not natural) for a long time now, and although it suits me, I'm getting a bit bored of it (also I'm paranoid, I think it's aging me!). 

Anywho, I can't decide on what to do with my hair to make a difference (and look younger lol).  Any ideas?

I was thinking of going to a medium ash brown shade or a deep chocolate brown... what do you think?  If you can suggest any other colours / stuff to do I'd be grateful :-)

About my skin tone: it's brown.  I sort of have the same skin tone as her though nowhere near as pretty :-)
Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:35 am

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and my hair is long - past my shoulder blades, almost to the small of my back. and I have a "long layered"
Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:37 am

Hi Becky

What's your natural color? I found out the hard way that any color I put
in my hair has to have ash in it, or my hair turns red.

How thick is your hair? Mine fine, but its very long, almost to my but.
If you do yours yourself you should get two boxes to cover all of your
hair, I always use two boxes to get a good even coverage. I think your
on the right track, going to a lighter brown color will not only make
you feel freshened up, it will make you look it too. You could even just
go a lighter shade of the color you have now, or add highlights. A
friend of mind went on a web site a few years ago where you can up load
your pic and then place different cuts and colors on yourself so you can
see if you'll like it before you do it. I'll ask her if she can
remember the name of the site and if she can I'll post it on here for
Jan 12, 2012 @ 08:58 am


I talked to my friend about adding different cuts and colors to your pic to see how you like it. She told me she did that years ago and it was at a hair dresser's not on line. I bet if you looked around you'd be able to find a web site where you can still do that. I just thought I'd let you know in case you were thinking about trying that idea. Good luck.
Jan 12, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

Deep brown

I think a deep chocolate brown with some ligher brown (tone-on-tone kind kind of thing) would look great! You'd have dimension and the colour would be lovely.

Picking a hair colour change can be so daunting. So often I even find I pick what I want then when I take it to my stylist she tweeks it to suit me perfectly. So when you're ready, go to your stylist with your idea and I'm sure he/she will make it look even better than you're imagining. Good luck!
Jan 12, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

thanks guys!!

Thanks guys :) I was initially planning to do it myself. I always colour my own hair. The few times i went to professionals i came out looking like a freak and ended up heading to shoppers to do it myself anyways. This one, as I'm planning on doing Colour Oops plus hair colour, I'm looking at approx $44 (2 colour oops boxes) and $22 (2 colours) .. i have long thick hair so I always use 2 boxes. That's about $88!! I went to some of the hair salons nearby my work and spoke to them about what I want to do. Some were utterly ridiculous, this one lady was trying to convince me that it will cost $300 to remove and re-colour my hair. Anyways I found a very nice lady (in a salon, I forget the name right now) who's price was reasonable compared to the rest. So she quoted about $130 (incl 20 percent off 'cuz I'm a first time customer). So $130 isn't that far away from $88, and at least for the $42 dollars more I'll be spending, I won't be stinking up my apartment with colour oops and it won't be a gamble ... she assured me it will turn out how i want or i don't pay. :-) now the hard part is choosing the colour...hence my colour help question :-)

@beachbabe I love that colour suggestion! I was thinking along chocolate brown or dark ash brown myself! Nothing red. I dunno who thinks brown skin red hair makes a good combo, but that looks not for me :-/
Jan 13, 2012 @ 05:17 pm

if you go pro..

If you are going to a professional, I honestly just went in and gave an idea of what I wanted based on pictures I liked with people of similar skin tone. If they are an experienced colourist they should know what colours work best with your skin and your natural colour.

I'm not sure how it works for dying over dyed hair but my colorist was able to get my hair to about a dark golden brown with no bleach.

Also for the red point takoda made. I find I have similar problems having asian hair so my colorist actually added a bit of green dye that helps neutralize it (not literal green, but some sort of neutralizer). I went with a recomendation from a friend b/c she also had asian hair which is tricky to dye.
- I think something like this with low or high lights would look nice. Or you could go more golden if you plan to get it before summer.
Jan 14, 2012 @ 07:02 pm

that's it!!

@shiorim: that's exactly the shade of brown I want! Dark ash brown! Maybe I'll print it out and take it with me :-) Thanks!
Jan 16, 2012 @ 01:57 pm

Hair color ? go for blonde color.

I prefer this because it suits to all skin colors where your are brown or wheatish.
Jan 20, 2012 @ 06:51 am
Ali de Bold

Dark/Medium brown

That would be my guess for what would be a nice change. Since I know you're in TO, I highly recommend you go and visit my stylist, Eric del Monaco of Del Monaco Hair Studio. He's a genius with this and he's also the hair expert for L'Oreal Paris so you really can't go wrong. Also, he's a super nice guy. The salon is downtown at Richmond Adelaide. Better to invest in a professional than wing it when making changes like this :). Let us know how it goes!
Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:48 am

Ooh thank you!!

@lawrencesharon: I don't think blonde is the colour for me (or for anyone with brown / "indian" colouring, imo), but thanks for the suggestion anyways :-)

@ali, thanks!!! I'm gonna give him a call! :-) I think dark / medium brown (with no red / copper undertones) would suit me best! Do you think I should do caramel peekaboos? Or will that look retarded? Also, here's another big question; should I do dark / medium ash brown all over, OR .... ombre? :)
Jan 20, 2012 @ 03:43 pm

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