Ask Chuck: Gorgeous colors galore, even from home?

Feb. 21, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:21 p.m.

Does the color of our skin really predict the best hair color success? And do you have any tips for at home remedies?

Oh yes, there are several options to do at-home makeovers. Thanks again to magazines such as women's "First," to give explicit details such as advice for someone having fair, medium or olive skin. There is a popular color called Toasted Chestnut. It is flattering because of deep auburn shades typically having more dark brown than red pigments. The color appears dramatic yet giving a more natural look. This shade compliments the eyes and eyebrow color extremely well. It blends so well as to give the skin a flawless peaches-and-cream radiance, said stylist Edward Hruz. Pigments absorb evenly when hair is hydrated, which means just leaving a conditioning treatment out before coloring with permanent dyes. Just wait until the last stage, before styling, to use conditioners. The results are much better because it prevents spotty coloring problems. So, if need be, simply dampen dry hair with water and apply color before shampooing. Since colors are timed processes, make sure you apply the color as quickly as possible. Always try choose an oil-based color for best results. During the timing, it is wise to lift small sections of hair away from the scalp. This allows proper air flow that is imminent for even coloring. Go ahead. Take the challenge. You're worth it to be gorgeous.

How about a color that is attractive for medium and dark skins. Any hope for us at home?

As a matter of fact, there are actually several shades to choose from for all types and colors of skin. Keep colors alive and try several throughout the year. Don't stay complacent.

Another popular shade is called Chocolate Truffle. This is where a rich brunette can help her hair appear softer and silkier. The key is to choose the right undertone. Brassey brown looks can bring out too much yellow in the skin. A deep, natural brown contains a balance of blue and yellow pigments that are useful in toning down the orangey tinge. This creates a contrast that brightens skin and even the eyes sparkle more, Hruz said. Going with a rich, darker shade is especially beneficial for hair that is damaged and brittle-looking. It simply adds sheen to the hair shaft.

If your hair may be too damaged at this time, these rich colors can be achieved by using semi-permanent colors that easily wash out within a month's time. This is also a perfect solution for just trying out new shades before choosing that permanent one. Semi-permanent colors are definitely ammonia-free and will not penetrate the cuticle of the hair. A good tip when applying semi-permanent colors is to wrap hair in plastic after application. This traps body heat that allows color to process at the same rate and evenly. This is not necessary when using permanent dyes. Natural body heat takes over automatically.

Another great idea, when choosing a completely different change to your hair color is to take a trip to the wig salon and try on different shades of wigs, just to see which is the most stunning choice for you. Good idea?

Are there such shades of colors that might go with any color of skin tones?

Excellent question. Taking any shade of hair, whether in natural state or color treated, and adding subtle highlights throughout the lower portion of the hair gives it a very low key highlight effect. This is quite beneficial to balance out hair that may already have two or three evident shades that simply need more blending and still keep that natural look. These are the methods used today that are quite trendy.

OK guys, you aren't ruled out for using hair color also. If this frightens you a bit, have a professional stylist choose what may be best for your hair. Let's get the whole family sparkling.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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