Choosing your hair colour

When it comes to finding the correct hair colour for you, help is on hand here at Hair In The City. Whether it’s a bold, bright shimmering look or more subtle hues that you’re after, the high end colour ranges at our disposal caters for every hair type, and our highly trained hair colourists will be more than happy to talk you through the following considerations:

Skin tone
If you want a natural-looking finish, you’ll need to consider your skin tone. As a general rule, cool skin tones suit cool colours (such as blue and purple), whereas warm skin tones suit warm shades (such as red and orange). These colours should form the base of any tint you add to your hair.

The secret to natural-looking hair colour is to make any changes subtly. If you’re after a shade that simply enhances what you already have, or returns your hair to its natural tone, it’s often best to stay within three shades of your natural hair colour. Highlights should look sun-kissed and add shine.

Make solid, dark shades more interesting with lowlights. These thin stripes of subtle bright shades look like filtered light and are often viewed as highlights for brunettes, but can be placed through red hair, too. Lowlights should add depth, texture, movement and shine. If your hair is dark, and you want a bright flash of a colour that contrasts with your original shade, you’ll need to have your hair section bleached first. When the base colour is light enough, your new, bold shade will be much more vibrant and potentially last longer.

Bold shades
Colouring your hair is a great way to express your individuality. If your hair’s dark but you fancy a playful bright pink, you’ll need to lighten your hair first with a full-head bleach. You can also bleach smaller sections of hair and colour to suit your mood.

Hair shine
Some colour treatments thicken the hair strand. With this in mind, if you’re after a shade that maintains your hair health, then an all-over semi-permanent is less damaging than permanent colours.