How to Choose Your Perfect Hair Color

Changing up your look is an exciting experience! Don’t let the fear of picking the wrong color discourage you from trying. Try our 4 proven expert tips to get the perfect hair color for you!
We’ve all had it happen. You try on a shirt or dress, and something looks off. It’s just not your style, or maybe not your color. Thankfully, it’s easy to switch out your outfit and carry on with your day. However, when choosing a permanent hair color, the margin of error is much smaller. “Fixing” the wrong color is not only frustrating but can be costly.

We’re here to help ensure your color comes out beautiful every time with 4 of our best tips to make permanent hair color less daunting.

1. Create Balance with Skin Tone.

If you’re not sure about your skin tone, look down at the veins by your wrist. Green-toned veins mean you have warm or yellow undertones. Blue-toned veins mean you have a cool or pink undertone.

Choosing hair color that is the opposite of your skin tone creates contrast. It can make a dramatic statement or simply balance out your skin tones.

Picking a color that is the same as your skin tone may seem like a safe choice, but that’s not always true. If you already have warmer skin with yellow undertones, adding golden hair may not create much of a contrast.  

2. Stay within the Two-Shade Range.

If you are searching for the color that looks most natural on you, stick with one or two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. This range will typically match your skin tone best.

Pro-Tip: It’s easy to color your hair as dark as you want. However, if you’re wanting to drastically lighten your hair, remember Naturtint permanent hair color can only lighten by one or two shades per treatment. Lightening more than two shades at a time can often create unwanted brassy tones.

3. Do a Strand Test.

Now it’s time to pick your hair coloring kit! Keep in mind that the pictures on the box are estimates of what your hair could look like. Because each person’s hair is unique it is impossible to predict if the color will turn out exactly like the model’s hair on the box.

The best way to predict your final color is to do a strand test before coloring. We know it’s really tempting to skip this step! But it’s especially helpful if you’ve never colored your hair before or aren’t sure how it will react.

Pro-Tip: We advise you to separate a lock of your hair, not just one individual strand. Also be sure you don’t mix the entire contents of the bottles for this test, as the unmixed portions should be reserved for your full color application. Check your hair color kit for specific instructions on how to conduct the strand test.

4. Mix and Match.

Finished with the strand test? If you didn’t get the color you hoped for, don’t despair! With Naturtint hair coloring products, you can definitely mix and match our 32 colors to help you get your desired shade.

Carefully read and follow the instructions. Or if it all seems overwhelming, we’re here to give you customized help! Just contact our color specialists for FREE expert personalized guidance.

Changing up your look is an exciting experience! Don’t let the fear of picking the wrong color discourage you from trying. Try our proven expert tips to get the perfect hair color for you!

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9 thoughts on “How to Choose Your Perfect Hair Color”

  1. I have been dying my hair natural chestnut, but want to lighten it to tiede brown. I tried it with my gray roots hanging out about an inch, and it does not look good at all. How can I do it?

    1. Ashley Naturtint USA

      Hello Barb,
      You may wish to gradually lighten your hair only 1 or maybe 2 shades at a time, so that you do not see such a difference between your roots and length. The 5N is one shade lighter. (It is recommend to wait at least two weeks between coloring for best results.) The 7.7 is 3 shades lighter than the 4N Natural Chestnut which is why you are seeing such a difference. Once you have lightened your current tone by 1 or 2 shades you should have better results with the 7.7!

  2. I am really blonde due to already having blonde hair and then going to the beach as you know saltwater and sun can change things. however I want my roots to be a shade darker than my current color as I feel it washes me out and I am over 50. So I am using wheat germ blonde on a shade like 10A. Is that the best shade for me? do you have any suggestions?

    1. Naturtint USA

      Hello Blakely,
      Going one shade darker is definitely doable! I recommend root touch-ups with 7N – Hazelnut Blonde. If you stick with just applying the color to your roots it will naturally lighten over time as your roots become your length.

  3. My hair breaks off when I had it colored in a salon — three different times! Luckily I was just getting highlights, so I only lost 1/3 of my hair each time. This was with three different “formulas” used by three different professional hair colorists.. I’m a natural med. /dark blonde with warm golden skin tone. Will one of the medium blonde kits break off my hair? Do they contain ammonia and peroxide? Help!

    1. Naturtint USA

      Hello Molly,
      That sounds awful! Luckily, Naturtint has a lower chemical content, does not contain ammonia, and a plant enriched formula! Hydrogen peroxide is a necessary ingredient to any permanent hair color. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our customer service line – 877.372.6567

  4. Carolyn Headrick

    I am a former natural redhead…more copper than orange. It was beautiful, but now have gone platinum and feel like a dandelion gone to seed! I had my hair done at a salon and it was awful!! Just fire-engine red and at my age ( in my 70’s) it looked awful. So I have been working to make it tolerable. It is now just right….light ash blond. I love, love, love your hair color but most of all love the CC Cream included in your boxes. I was wondering if you make it separate so it can be used between colorings? It is wonderful and my hair feels marvelous after I put it on. I am hoping you sell it separately!!! Do you?

    1. Hello, Carolyn! Yes! You can always find where to purchase our products right on this website under the Where to Buy > Buy Now link. You can also purchase Naturtint’s CC Cream leave-in conditioner on Amazon.com. Just type in Naturtint CC Cream into your Amazon search browser.

  5. Hello, Carolyn! Yes! You can always find where to purchase our products right on this website under the Where to Buy > Buy Now link. You can also purchase Naturtint’s CC Cream leave-in conditioner on Amazon.com. Just type in Naturtint CC Cream into your Amazon search browser or follow this link – shorturl.at/prI58

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