The beauty savvy amongst you probably already follow The Beauty Department, the excellent beauty blog started by Lauren Conrad's beauty team: Amy Nadine (makeup) & Kristine Ess (hair & nails). The site offers easy-to-follow tutorials, as well as professional insight into a myriad of beauty woes. However, their latest series on hair color is just so genius we just had to recap it for you! It addresses a huge consultation issue: shade vs. tone in hair color.
Shade describes how light or dark your hair color is, commonly referred to by your stylist on a scale of 1 (black) to 10 (lightest platinum blonde).
Tone describes the hue of a hair color. For instance a level 9 blonde could have predominately gold tones, neutral tones, or ash tones depending on the desired results.
HINT OF RED
- Ginger. This is the kind of color you see on someone who is a natural redhead. Think of Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Isla Fisher, Jessica Chastain, etc… Ginger is not an intense red so the darker you go, the less you see the red. I suggest you go for this if you have fair skin and light eyes.
- Copper/Orange. This is one of the most popular reds on earth thanks to Christina Hendricks and Taylor Tomassi-Hill. Admit it! You’ve definitely wondered if you could pull of that sparkling shade of Joan. The good news is it can be done on almost any skin tone as long as it’s done right. A true copper will have a very “orange” tone to it so you’ll have to work hard to keep it from fading but it’s so worth it.
- Blue Reds. Don’t let the blue part scare you. It just means this is more of a true red. Think kool-aid, think red velvet cake, think Jessica Rabbit. Just like the copper/orange family, you can put this on anyone that wants to try it! It looks great on any skin tone if it’s done right. This color isn’t for the shy girl.
- Purple Reds. We’re talking merlot, black cherry, plum and berries. These are best for girls who have naturally dark hair and want to dip into the red family. It tends to go well with a more olive skin tone. Purple based reds aren’t supposed to look natural! Shine and intensity is what this color is all about.
Fading: Synthetic reds (as in anything you use color to achieve) are known for fading fast.
- Use a color shampoo. Either one that deposits color or one that is intended to keep the color longer.
- Start strong. It's best to formulate color so that it’s extra bright for the first week and then fades out to a perfect shade by the second week, then it holds that color for weeks to come.
- Give it some time. With red, you have to apply it over and over and over in order for it to really stick– especially if you’re going red from a lighter color. Give it time.
- It’s easier to keep the color in if you’re going from a darker shade to red vs. a lighter shade to red. Natural dark hair color has so much red under it already that it supports the red and keeps it from fading so fast. Lighter hair doesn’t have the same underlying red tones to support. Just know it may be a little harder.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Finding the perfect color for you may just be a question of switching your tone. To ensure you get the hue you had in mind, be sure to bring plenty of pictures to your stylist! And remember, booking that color appointment is just a click away with our convenient online booking! Pageboy also offers a full range of Pureology and KEVIN.MURPHY shampoos & conditioners, guaranteed to keep your color looking vibrant until your next appointment!