How do I choose the right hair color? - Hair Dilemma of the Week - iVillage Beauty Hair Expert

What's the best way to choose what shade to color my hair?

When you are on a quest for the perfect hair color, there are two things you must take into consideration: the type of color that is best for your hair and the shade that will best complement your skin tone.

The two main types of hair color are permanent and semi-permanent. Permanent color is the only color that can cover gray. If your hair is more than 30 percent gray and your primary motivation for coloring it is to cover the gray, permanent color is your best option. Many people shy away from permanent color because they are afraid it will cause serious damage to their hair. But with the improved formulations most products have today, this is very unlikely. In fact, permanent color can actually make gray hair less wiry. When you color you hair, keep in mind that you need to consider maintenance, which can involve time and money. Ask your colorist to explain the steps that will be required to upkeep your color.

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