Whether your hair is just starting to gray or you’ve been rocking a full head of stunning silver strands for the last few years, the question remains the same: To dye or not to dye?
If you’ve decided that dyeing your hair is the right move for you, then you probably have a few questions, such as:
- Should I lighten my grays or darken them?
- Do I want to completely cover my gray? Or should I make my natural grays look more like highlights in darker hair?
- Does my skin’s undertone matter? If it does, how do I determine mine so that I choose the right hair color for my skin tone?
Let’s pause here for a moment because this last one is super-important and will become a common theme throughout your hair-coloring journey. While your skin’s undertone is probably not the first thing that pops into your head when contemplating your new hair color, it’s actually more significant than you might think. Have you ever heard horror stories from friends who’ve left the salon, looked in the mirror, and felt that something about their new color was just… off? This might have been due to them or their stylist not taking their undertone into account.
Fear not: All colors come in both warm and cool tones, so your skin’s undertone shouldn’t keep you from getting the hair color you really want. It just might mean getting a different version of brown, blonde or purple. Yes, we said purple—more on that later.