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What Color Should I Dye My Hair? 6 Things You Should Consider

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What color should I dye my hair? It’s an age-old question colorists have faced time and time again.

Before you take the plunge, hear us out. We talked to Angel Montague Sayers, British creative director at the Sally Montague Hair Group, to round up the top six things to consider before your appointment. Whether you're into dark brown hair or androgynous haircuts, expect to find something you love when you step outside the old comfort zone!

Read on to make sure you're fully prepared to make the leap.

What color should I dye my hair?

Hair color, like fashion sense or favorite food, varies from person to person. A good stylist will take into account your skin tone, hair type, and desired level of maintenance.

While your killer final look will ultimately be up to you, use these six steps to consider what you really, really want—and let your creativity guide you.

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Whether you find inspiration for hair color ideas online or through you colorist, it’s essential to evaluate whether or not dying your hair is just a fleeting impulse.

“Color choice varies from client to client," Sayers says. "The younger generation is generally guided by Instagram, but more mature women are more open to working with what will suit them and how their colorist can help them achieve this."

Whether you want a subtle change or have been craving a bold, fashion-forward hue, take some time to evaluate whether you’ll feel the same way a month or two down the road. Even a small period of self-reflection can make all the difference.

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Skin Tone

It’s vital to think about your skin tone before you even ask yourself, “What color should I dye my hair?”

“It's really important to take suitability into consideration when conducting a successful color consultation with clients," Sayers explains. "A beautiful color can look flawless on one client and unflattering on another depending on their complexion."

If your skin is olive-toned, golden blondes and warm reds can look gorgeous; conversely, ashy and cooler shades will look best on you if you have pink undertones.

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Aesthetic preference and sense of style is another critical factor to take into account when looking for hair color ideas. Are you a classic gal who favors natural hues or are you a daring fashionista who loves wild hair colors? Some of both, perhaps?

“I think it’s great for clients to show their personality through their hair choices,” Sayers says.

Age, on the other hand, should never be a concern—at least according to the pro artist.

“Often, a woman thinks about her age when choosing color options, however, I don't think this should be a part of the equation.”

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Hair Type

Ultimately, everything depends on the health and quality of the hair you're coming into the salon with.

Hair type is a factor to work with, not against. Being realistic about what is achievable is crucial to getting the perfect color choice,” Sayers explains.

Simply put: If your hair is very dark or very damaged, don’t expect to leave the salon with platinum blonde hair in one session.

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Seasonal Trends

Many women opt to lighten up their look in the summer and go darker in the fall and winter months.

“Seasonal trends not only influence what colors we will be wearing but also our hair color," Sayers says. "In autumn, I often get asked for warmer shades—but if they don't suit your complexion, then they aren't going to work."

In a nutshell, it’s vital to employ a comprehensive approach to ensure you get the best result.

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Color Maintenance

Are you a low-maintenance gal who doesn’t want to worry about having to touch up her color every six to eight weeks? If that’s the case, perhaps an ombre or balayage coloring technique is best for you.

“I always ask my clients what exactly they do with their hair from a styling point of view and how often they visit the salon,” Sayers says. “This then gives me a clear indication of if I should base my work around a high or low maintenance style.”

Whatever your color, aftercare is critical.

“A color will never look stunning if the hair isn't in optimum condition. Investing in hair care, treatments, and regular haircuts is as important as skin care is,” Sayers says.

We suggest the L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A OX Shampoo and Conditioner—available in salon—to help prolong the life of your color while maintaining its vibrancy and shine.

The next time you ask yourself which hair color is for you, be sure to take these six factors into consideration to ensure you avoid disappointment down the line. You can thank us later!

Interested in a new hair color but not sure which? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with as stylist near you.

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