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Hair Color Highlight Ideas - Hair Coloring Advice

How You Can be Sure Your New Hair Color Really Suits You

There seems to be so much you need to know about how to color your hair and how to highlight hair. However it's not all that complicated. Here is some usefull hair coloring/highlighting information for you that will help you understand it better.

Most of all you'll get hair color ideas on how to pick a hair color for yourself (Don't forget to scroll further down)

Hair Color Chart and Hair Highlight Ideas

You can see Highlights for blonde hair and Highlight for brown hair.

Can you perm hair that is streaked - highlighted? Yes. Use a perm lotion for colored hair and if you have more streaked hair than virgin hair, use a perm lotion for bleached hair.

This hair is highlighted hair and has a hair perm.

Every three to four months I have a root perm which I do myself. Having a root perm assures that I always have body in my hair (itt's fine, straight and limp otherwise) and by not perming over the perm that is still left in the hair I keep my hair in better condition.

  • How can you best prevent your hair color from fading? The best way is to keep your hair in the best condition possible. How can you do that? Hair conditioners are mostly cosmetic and once your hair is in bad condition a hair conditioner can only make your hair easier to work with, not restore it.
  • When you color your hair (with permanent hair color) only apply the color on the re-growth. Don’t put the color through on the rest of the hair. Not even for the last ten minutes of processing time. Using this technique has two major advantages.
  • One is that by not applying hair color on the part of your hair that has already been colored, you avoid drying it out and therefore keep it in good condition. The second advantage is that this technique makes hair colors look more natural and adds the most natural looking highlights. (If you have spent weeks on the beach your color will have faded too much and you will have to bring the color through the ends).
  • When coloring your hair at home are you afraid that the color you have applied might get too dark? Do you wash it off before the required processing time has elapsed? It is not a good idea to wash your color off before the required time because you are interrupting the coloring process which means that you didn’t give it enough time to deposit all the color pigments
  • . What you get is a hair color that is half finished. You need never worry about your hair color getting too dark because the color of your hair will never go darker than the color you have chosen. For instance, if you have decided to use a light brown shade you never have to worry that it will become black. You could leave your color on for two hours and the result would still be light brown.


When your scalp is sensitive and you have your hair colored ask your hair colorist to mix your permanent hair color with 10 volume peroxide instead of 20 volume. (Unfortunately you can not do this if you use a high lifting hair color). You may also rinse with tonic water after rinsing off the color.
  • Whenyou want to get a better effect using henna, then mix henna with very hot coffee and add some vinegar.
  • To soften the harshness of white/gray hair, put in highlights/streaks.
  • To avoid having too many highlights, only highlight the re-growth. This will prevent your hair color from becoming too light. The beauty of highlights is the contrast. Light and dark.
  • When you buy your hair color at the drug store check the package instructions to see if you are buying a hair color that washes out or a hair color that grows out.
  • Highlight your hair taking in consideration the shape of your face. For example, have more highlights on top and less on the sides if your face is square or round. If your face is long, then put fewer highlights on top and more down to the nape and on the sides.
  • Adding highlights using the painting technique. When you paint on your highlights and if you want them to be light you have to remember this technique will not make them really light. The only time it will is if your base color is already quite light, such as light blond.
  • To cover white roots around the hair line. If you have a lot of white hair you will have found that the roots shows after a period of three weeks in the area of the hair line. Use a coloring stick in the same color, dampen it and apply it on the re-growth around the hair line.
  • Why a temporary rinse is ineffective on your re-growth. When your roots are growing out and your gray hair is showing you may think that if you could just put a rinse on in between hair coloring it will temporarily cover the gray. One of the reasons why this doesn’t work is because the rinse is very watery and doesn’t stay on the roots. Instead it will go onto the ends where it gets absorbed because this hair is more porous.

What hair highlight-hair color is best for me

How to pick a hair color and the shade and tone of highlights

by Doris Möller


Whether you have your hair stylist/colorist color your hair or whether you buy hair color in the drug store and color your hair yourself, your aim is to have your new hair color/highlights make you look good. If you already go through the effort and expense of coloring your hair, wouldn't it be wonderful if the result were spectacular? A hair color has the power to make a big difference in your appearance - good or bad. Get the right shade and tone and you can look fantastic.

The trick is to know which hair color shade and tone makes you look fabulous and which one doesn't. Most people don't know what shade and tone makes them look great. That applies to your hair color and highlights. When you know which shade and tone to use also on your highlights you will be assured of looking fantastic. They are unaware that there are guidelines that they can follow assuring you of making the right choice. Without this knowledge all they can do is guess and hope that their new hair color will be right for them.

How to choose the best hair color. Do you know what color, shade and tone suits you? Do you look good in blonde, black, brown or red hair? Are you unhappy with your hair color right now and thinking of changing it? Are you a brunette and thinking that if you could you would be a blonde. Maybe you are blonde and really want to be a red head. However deep down you are not quite sure if these changes will be right for you. You might be wondering how you will know what hair color is right for you. Years ago and even today, many hair stylists/colorists would suggest that you add some red to your hair in order to make it more interesting and improve the way you look. But you can't be sure. You can only hope that it will work for you. Hoping is really not good enough when the result could work against you.

What you need is a method and guidelines that help you make the right decision. There is a method that will guide you in your color choice: It is your own color-type.

Know your color-type and you will know what hair color/highlight suits you the best. Once you know your color-type you can base your color choice on that. Your judgment will be based on a natural principal, which is: every person's hair color, skin tone and eye color all fit perfectly together.

When your hair color suits you it is because your skin tone, eye color and hair color are all in harmony. Your new hair color is totally compatible with your color type. This is the secret behind getting a hair color that truly suits you. This is also the reason you get an inferior result if you interfere with that harmony. For example, if you have naturally red hair - you are a "warm color-type" - and if you wanted to change it to an ash tone or add silver white streaks, it would look off. The new hair color would especially clash with your skin tone and to a lesser degree with your eye color. In other words you have deviated from your color-type. You have broken color harmony law.

What is your color-type?

Let's find out what color-type you are. If you have red, blonde, mousey blonde, brown or black hair, etc., you belong to a particular color-type. Mother nature has seen to it that your hair color, skin tone and eye color go together. If your natural hair color has gold, dark gold or gold highlights, is reddish brown, red or strawberry blonde, then you are a warm color-type. All of these colors have warm tones. The darker warm tones are strong - warm, the lighter warm tones are soft - warm. Now if your hair is black, dark brown, medium brown and light brown and these colors have no visible red tone then you are a strong-cool color type. Again, the darker colors are called strong - cool. The lighter colors following light brown are dark ash blonde (mousey blonde), medium ash blonde (dirty blonde) light ash blonde or platinum blonde and will make you a soft-cool color type.

So, when you color your hair make sure that your new hair color stays within the boundaries of your own color-type and doing that will ensure that your new hair color will really suit you. This recommondation applies to hair highlighting just as much. For example if you have mousey blonde (dark ash blonde) hair you are a soft-cool color-type. Lets say you are coloring your hair strawberry blonde. Your new hair color might be beautiful but it won't make you look beautiful.

Why? Strawberry blonde falls into a different color-type, the soft-warm color-type. It will clash with your skin tone and therefore will not suit you. Or a person with black hair colors their hair orange-red. This is the wrong color. This color is for a warm color-type. If you had medium ash blonde hair, you would be a soft-cool color type. However if you color you hair dark brown which belongs to a strong-cool color type you are not matching your skin tone and eye color with your hair. The result will be unsuitable for you because it is too dark.

How you can determine your color-type?

You might be asking, how you can tell your color-type. The best and easiest way is to look at your natural hair color. Know your natural hair color and you will know your color-type. Also include in this analysis your hair color when you were a child. Think of the hair color of your parents. If you have white/gray hair think of the color when it had pigments. Your hair might have been a light blonde when you were a child but later changed to a mousey, dirty blonde tone which gives your hair a cool tone. Or perhaps as a child your hair had quite a bit of red in it but as you got older it was not so visible any more. Nevertheless you are still a warm color-type.

The next step is to find out what your hair color level is and what tone your hair color has.

When you talk about a hair color being black or medium brown, red or light blonde, you are describing a hair color level which is the degree of lightness or darkness of a hair color. A color level is also called a shade. Hair color levels can go from level 1, the darkest color, which is blue black to level 10, platinum blonde, which is the lightest color. It is very important that you are able to identify the correct level of your hair color. One level can make a lot of difference. It may mean that you choose a color shade (if you color your hair yourself) that might be too light or too dark and which will constitute a different color-type. For example, your natural hair color is medium blonde but you describe it as "brown", which makes it at least two levels darker than it really is. If you color your hair brown it will move you into an incorrect color type and, therefore your new hair color will not suit you.

In order to get a better understanding of the color levels go to a drug store and look at a hair color chart with hair swatches. Take some of these hair swatches and hold them against your hair close to your scalp and compare and match the colors. Here is what you will need to do:

Step 1: Your hair should be clean and dry. Wet and oily hair always appears darker. You will need a color chart with swatches of all the color levels.
Step 2: Part your hair on top or at the side of your head.
Step 3: Hold it apart with both hands. Raise the hair a little by pushing it up with your hands against your head.
Step 4: You might want another person to hold a hair swatch from the color chart alongside your hair, close to your scalp. Compare different shades until you find the one that matches your own.

  • A color tone indicates if a hair color shade is warm such as strawberry blonde or chestnut brown or red or if it is cool such as an ash tone. Black (can also be warm if you have freckles, mousey blonde, dirty blonde and platinum blonde hair are all cool. Cool tones are the opposite of warm tones. Cool tones do not have any visible gold or red tones (warm).

So what you need to know a) the color level/shade of your hair and b) the tone of your hair. The more precise you are the better. Now when you describe your natural hair color you might say, my hair color is light ash blonde or chestnut red, or warm brown, or carrot red or dark brown, light gold blonde etc.

The next step in determining your color-type is to find out if your hair color is warm or cool and if it's color level is light or dark because each color-type falls into two categories, light which is soft and, dark which is strong.


It is important to know that color tones also have levels.


Basic Shades
Ash Tones
Gold Tones
Red Tones
Platinum Blonde
Platinum Blonde
Very Light Blonde
Very Light Ash Blonde
Extra Light Golden Blonde
Light Blonde
Light Ash Blonde
Light Gold Blonde
Strawberry Blonde
Medium Blonde

Medium Ash Blonde
Soft Cool

Meduim Gold Blonde
Dark Blonde
Dark Ash Blonde
Dark Gold Blonde
Light Brown
Light Ash Brown
Light Golden (Warm) Brown
Medium Brown
Medium Ash Brown
(no warm red hightlights)
Burgundy, Cherry
Medium Warm Brown
Dark Brown
Dark Brown
Strong Cool
Strong Warm
Strong Warm
You now know your color level and color tone. You know that you fit into one of the two main color-types - warm or cool and to be precise you are either a "strong" or "soft" color-type. You have found the method for choosing the right hair color.
Strong Warm Color Type - Autumn
Soft Warm Color Type - Spring
Strong Cool Color Type - Winter
Soft Cool Color Type - Summer
Finding your color-type is the key to your hair coloring success. Although determining your color-type seems like a lot of work the rewards are well worth this effort
Cool Color-Types
How To Color Your Hair:
Your Natural Hair Color is:

Dark Brown

Medium Brown

Light Brown

* Examples of a strong cool color-type: Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery and Al Pacino

When you color your hair you must make sure to keep the overall look dark. (In order to stay within your color-type). You can add highlights in burgundy red tones or even dark gold tones if you you want to make your hair color more interesting.
* If you color your gray hair for the first time, use a shade that is two levels lighter than your original shade. Otherwise the contrast will be too strong. The lighter shade will be softer yet dark enough to remain within your color-type. You can also put lowlights in your hair. Add strands of medium brown, which takes away from the harsh gray color.

Dark Ash Blonde

Medium Ash Blonde

Light Ash Blonde

Platinum Blonde

* Examples of a soft cool color-type: Candice Bergen, Linda Evens, Farah Fawcett, Kevin Costner, Leonardo di Caprio.

Dirty blonde hair colors look best with streaks. As children you were all very, very light blonde. So you look your best with highlights/streaks that are cool. You can create the most beautiful light blondes with highlighting techniques.
If you have gray hair, you can also highlight your hair. It will take the gray away and become more like a very light blonde or platinum blonde. This fits right into your color-type. You could also color your hair medium ash blonde as the base color and then add cool highlights.
Warm Color-Types
How To Color Your Hair:
Your natural hair color is:

Light gold blonde

Honey Blonde

Dark Gold Blonde

Strawberry Blonde*

* Examples of a soft-warm color-type: Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Close, Julie Andrews and Robert Redford

You can add light gold to dark gold highlights. You can also make the gold a little stronger by adding a bit of red..
* If your hair is gray you can add gold blonde highlights or color your entire hair strawberry blonde or medium gold blonde.

Black and Dark brown (if you have freckles)

Warm Brown

Medium/Light Brown with red highlights



* Examples of a soft cool color-type: Candice Bergen, Linda Evens, Farah Fawcett, Kevin Costner, Leonardo di Caprio.

You can add warm red, strong red and gold highlights. Or make the whole hair color a stronger red.
* If your hair is gray and you want to color all your hair, you should choose a warm tone in two shades lighter. The change will be softer. You can also add lowlighting to your hair by coloring strands in auburn or light warm brown, etc. Gray hair is particulary hard on the warm color-type. This is a way of adding warmth.

Use Virtual Imaging

Now you have a very good idea of the hair color that will make you look your best. In addition to this knowledge there is another tool you can use to make sure that you like your new hair color. You can try on different hair colors (and hairstyles) and have your own hair color changed on the computer through what is called "Virtual Imaging". changed on the computer. Seeing yourself on the computer gives you a good perspective on a hair color, what you might look like.

What is Virtual Imaging?

How does Virtual Imaging work? First, you will have your picture taken (your face) with a digital camera in the salon. (You may have to come back for the imaging session). You can also get a print (prints) of yourself with different hair colors or hairstyles. With the Virtual Imaging method you can get an idea of what you might look like with a different hair color or hairstyle.

Well, now you have two methods at your disposal to determine the best hair color for yourself. If you color your hair yourself you don't have to guess anymore and if you have your hair colored by a hair colorist you will be the judge on what looks good on you because you know what you are talking about.

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