hair dyeBy Rita Hazan
Not matter how cute your 'do is, if your hair color doesn't complement your skin tone and facial features, it could age you. New York City hair stylist Rita Hazan, owner of Rita Hazan Salon, offers four strategies for getting it right.
1. Choose the right base color. "As we mature, our skin loses
pigment, so your hair color has to compensate to complement your skin
tone. If your hair is too dark you'll look pale, and if it's too light
it'll wash you out completely." Rule of thumb: If you're a brunette,
lighten your base color one shade; if you're a blonde, go one shade
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2. Add warm highlights. "Golden highlights bring color to your complexion and make it look youthful. If you have auburn hair, go with golden copper highlights. Brunettes should be more of a caramel, and blondes look best with a honey, golden tone."
3. Don't go to extremes. With highlights, less is more-a few
framing the face and at the crown look natural (start about an inch back
so you can see the contrast between your face and hair). A full head of
highlights, however, "can make you look older-the tone of vibrant,
dramatic colors may clash with your skin."
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4. Darken gray hair. Gray hair lacks pigment, so if you have no
pigment in your hair and less in your skin from aging, it can wash you
out. To restore color, use a darker shade. If you'd rather go entirely
gray, try using Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights shampoo ($8.99; at professional beauty supply stores). It contains a violet hue that reduces the yellow tint often found in salt-and-pepper hair.
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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