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Picking The Right Hair Color

Choosing the right hair color can be confusing. There are a ton of colors to pick from in today’s market, ranging from natural red, brown, blonde, and black hues to every other color in the rainbow. To even begin to make a decision on what color best suits you, you must start by learning about your personal color palette and how the various products work.

1. Determine what you need the hair color to do for your hair. Are you trying to cover the gray? If so, you’ll need to use a product that’s designed to penetrate stubborn gray shafts. If you’re looking to highlight your existing color, you’ll need to choose a product that has multiple tones to achieve the effect. If you are looking to completely change the base color, you must first decide what color will work best for your skin tone to narrow down potential options.


2. Identify what your “color palette” is. Figure out if your skin is warm or cool toned. You are a warm tone if your skin is pale colored with peach undertones or brown with pink or caramel undertones. You’re considered a cool tone if your skin is pale with pink undertones, olive colored, or very dark brown.


3. Decide how long you want your new color to last. There are temporary colors, semi-permanent options, and permanent colors.


Temporary colors last through only a few shampoos. Semi-permanent colors will give you color for a few months or longer depending on your hair washing routine. Permanent colors will dye your hair the shade of your choosing until you either cut it off or color it again.

4. Consider what type of coloring you want to use. Henna dyes are organic products made from natural substances but are generally more limited in choices of color. Chemical rinses are human-made but offer the widest variety of color options.


5. Select a color that’s right for your skin tone. Warm tones should look for deeper browns, blondes, or reds with keywords in the title such as gold or golden and highlights of reddish color. Cool skin tones should opt for medium browns, blondes, or reds with keywords such as medium or ash with honey or golden colored highlights.


6. Use a software program or website to preview your new hair color. These programs allow you to upload your photo to try on hair colors virtually before committing to the color. If don’t have Internet access or are unable to find a program, consult salons in your area because many may offer this virtual service prior to coloring.




DIY Ombré Hair

Don’t call it a comeback! I LOVE Ombré and I was so sad to see it fade (lol) last fall. Imagine my pleasant surprise to see ombré hair cycling right back into fashion this Spring. And everyone should be excited about it because now you can FINALLY try it out (you KNOW you want to!)

How to Ombre Your Hair At Home:


Ombre is actually really simple. What’s difficult is determining how light you want to go and where to start the fade. Assess your ends, obviousness we’d all love to go full Drew Barrymore brunette-to-ash blonde, but if your ends are weak a more subtle gradient is the healthiest choice for your hair. Some DIYers prefer the 2-step process but I personally think the one-step is better for your hair. There are limits to how light your hair can go with just one bleaching so if you REALLY want light blonde at the ends, go for the two-step tutorial found here on ZOELLA’s Beauty Blog.


1.) Combine 40vol Developer and Powder bleach. Use your own hands (with gloves of course) and just work it into the ends. This will be the lightest part of your ombre so you want to bleach about 3-4 inches (lengthwise) or more, depending on your hair length. Wrap the bleached ends with foil and let that process for about 30-45mins (trust me your hair is lighter than it looks at this point).

2.) After you un-foil, repeat the same step, comb the bleach into your hair with your fingers from the starting point and over your already bleached ends (Don’t forget the back!). Foil and process for another 20-30mins. Try to leave some bleached hair outside the foil at the top for a better gradient.

Tip: A good starting point for ombre is your cheeks. The messier and more uneven the you are with applying the bleach the better. You don’t want your ombre to look like a color block. Messy= Natural, right! 🙂

TONER TIME: If you’re using an ash-blonde box color kit or highlighting kit for Ombre, then there’s probably toner in  the mix to keep your hair from going YELLOW or BRASS. Brassy blonde is perfectly normal after bleaching dark toned hair. Toner helps to eliminate the yellow and brassy tones. I went with an ASH toner “Wella Color Charm T14“.  Rinse and towel dry your hair. Combine Wella toner with 20vol developer and let that stay in your hair for 30 mins. Rinse (No Shampoo) & Condition.

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Three Easy Ways to Get Pink Hair

Why should Easter eggs have all the fun? There should be PASTEL for EVERYONE!

While I may have disregarded the pink trend last year, thinking pink hair went out of style along with bands like Simple Plan, the thought of wearing a dainty Easter frock with a candy pink french braid this spring is just too tempting to resist. And so…

Three Simply Ways to Go Pink:

1. Chalk it up!

Lauren Conrad probably sent a wave of women running to the school supply isle to buy chalk last winter, and for good reason; chalk makes a great temporary color! Chalk with water and heat create a temporary tint to the hair that’s  excellent for vibrant color streaks and highlights.

For all-over, ombre, and dip dyeing, Color Bug uses the same concept of the chalk without the damaging heat. It’s a staining powder  that, more importantly, comes in lavender and bright pink for your dip-dying pleasure! Plus, putting it on will make you feel daintier than Marie Antoinette.

Sadly Color Bug isn’t in stores here in the states…yet, but you can definitely find it online. Here’s a tutorial showing how it works.

2. Clip it in

Say you’re not a blonde. Or you don’t feel like powdering your hair like an 18th century courtesan. You can actually clip extensions in to get this multicolored look. Use color for highlights that pop or combine several colors and taste the rainbow! Easilites are my choice for cheap but easy clip-ins made with human hair so you can curl and style as you wish.

3. Commit to it!

If you’re just cool like that or your boss at your job is cool like that, then you should try a semi-permanent pink. Manic Panic in Hot Pink and Raw Color’s Candy are two bright and fluffy pink dyes you’ll find in your neighborhood Hot Topic. The bottles say they last up to 6 weeks. Don’t pay attention to that. It actually lasts up to 3 weeks before it starts to pale. Of course, limiting your number of weekly washes will help.

I bet you didn’t know that pink hair was so easy to do. What do you think? Are you going pink this spring?

Lauren Conrad goes Peach, Katie Holmes on the Cover of Marie Claire

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Lauren Conrad has done it again! After creating a global hair color craze as thousands of girls attempted to reacreate her rainbow hair tips, LC and her best friend colorist Kristin Ess decided to go with Ombre highlights of yet another color – Peach!

I think the tips look dreamily good (and also make me crave some serious Orange Dreamsicle – just me?), but I wonder how long this color will last. Some speculate that her first tye-dye color job was not even real hair color – or not even her in the pictures! What do you think? Should she stick with the color? Would you wear it? [Read more from Allure]

Call me crazy, but I haven’t seen Katie Holmes in the spotlight of much of anything minus tabloids since she married Tom Cruise and became a mom. However, a refreshingly real interview with the actress about daughter Suri and her future plans for a fashion label will accompany her appearance on the cover of Marie Claire’s November 2011 issue.

I never noticed it before, but how much to Katie and the newest member of the royal family Kate Middleton look alike? They could be twins! Especially in one of the shots of Katie in Marie Claire’s spread where she has her hair styled in a soft blowout – all I could think of was Princess Kate. All in all, I’d call her cover appearance and interview in Marie Claire a win. [See more shots of Katie in Marie Claire]

Product Spotlight: EasiLites Clip In Color

Last week, I asked you guys whether you would ever wear Printed Hair Extensions – you guys protested a loud NO WAY! C’mon, not even for Halloween??

Regardless, I got some of my own extensions – no, not the print kind, sorry, but they are colored, and they have definitely prompted my interest in hair extensions. I have been seriously craving a splash of color in my hair, especially with all the bold color moves we’ve been seeing lately from Katy Perry to Lauren Conrad to ombre color all over the fall runways. However, if you’re like me, you might not want color all the time, especially if you work in an office or like to change up your look a lot.

I tried some temporary hair streaks, and really liked adding color to my hair, but still, I’m a light brunette – bright color doesn’t show up very well! So now I tried some of these EasiLites clip in color extensions from

See below:

To be honest, I have no idea where I’ll end up wearing these, but Halloween is right around the corner, so all of  you gals wanting to add some craziness to your hair but are afraid of temporary dyes or are brunette like me, check these out!

A word to the warning, the extension shown in my picture is actually 4 separate extensions, they are each about 3/4ths an inch in width. It gives you a lot of flexibility in placement, and you can also mix a few different colors together seamlessly. I am such a fan of how easy these are to use, plus you can hot iron or curl them.

Any of you love extensions? What kinds have you used?

Top 3 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair

I feel like all too often we hear a breaking news report on how things we believe to be healthy for us really aren’t. No matter what we do day-to-day, harm seems unavoidable, doesn’t it? Even doing “good” can end up bad. Well, the positive news is making your hair look beautiful does not have to go hand in hand with damaging your luscious locks.

Like most things, awareness is key to ensuring that what you put your hair through everyday is keeping it healthy, not causing harm.


It’s no mystery that our hot styling tools cause our hair damage. Most of our curling irons, hair dryers, and straighteners reach temperatures of over 400 degrees – and the horrible part is, we need them to in order to tame our tresses! You think I am ever giving up my hair straightener? Think again.

However, high heat burns your hair. Plain and simple. It’s going to dry your hair out, making it more prone to the frizzes, breakage, and split ends.

The thing about heat, however, is that we need to protect our hair from it if we can’t do anything to eliminate it from our lives – and it is so easy to do so. First, make sure your hair is completely dry when you use hot tools on it – sizzling the H2O off your hair is only going to make things worse. Second, use the lowest settings you can on your irons and blow dryers (without sacrificing functionality, of course). Third, use a heat protectant spray before straightening and curling to cut down on damage.


I just read an article talking about natural ways to lighten your hair and cringed when I found people STILL think it’s okay to dowse their hair in lemon juice and “naturally” highlight their hair, and that it’s safer than chemically lightening. The thing is, you are damaging your hair just as much doing that as you are bleaching your hair. UV rays are just as harsh on your hair as they are on your skin – we just have no feeling in our strands, so we have no idea it’s happening.

Not only should you not dowse your hair in lemon juice and burn your poor hair to crisp (for the same reason we don’t dowse our skin in baby oil and lay out by the pool), but you should protect your hair from the sun all the time. Sunscreens for your hair are everywhere – check out our post from earlier this summer on the best methods of sun protection. It’s SO easy to protect your hair from the sun – most of us just don’t consider it a need.


Here is another area of hair damage that most of us aren’t willing to avoid. Whether you like changing it up, enjoy highlights, or want to cover up greys, it’s highly unlikely we are ALL going to ditch coloring our hair. However, just like hair that is damaged with heat or sunlight, your locks will be much more prone to frizz and breakage.

If you do dye your hair consistently, keep in mind you should wait as long as possible in between all over colorings as you can take, at least 8 weeks. Get root touch up to make a dye job last longer. Also, go to a salon to get your hair done so you can ensure you are putting high quality dye in your hair. Not all hair colors are made equal.

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Hair Trends: Dyeing Your Hair Neon… Conservatively?

When Rihanna went shocking red with her hair color, it seemed a little daring – but yes, she’s a music icon, and she’s allowed to do whatever she wants with her hair. When Lauren Conrad decided to go bold with a little color experimentation these past few weeks, we all had a double-take.

It begs the question – is crazy colored hair not so crazy after all?

This New York Times Fashion & Style article explores just that question. At least in New York, the article reports that shockingly dyed locks can be displayed in conservative looks quite well. A look previously donned only by chick rockers like Avril Lavigne and rebellious punk teens is now becoming quite common – as well as commonly accepted.

Some people call me nuts, but I think this is great.

I always wish I was brave enough to add a splash of wild color permanently to my mane – but I’m always too worried it would deem me unprofessional if I did.

What do you think, can bold color be conservative? Or does it make your image lose credibility?