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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19 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

  6. Hello, I’m so excited about buying my Naturtint color in Honey Blond and I can’t wait to use it. The only problem is I can’t seem to find a store that sells the coloring kit with the bowl, brush and comb to do the separations. Any suggestions? I checked Amazon but I would have to order and it will take a day or so for delivery. Thanks

    1. Jenean Naturtint USA

      Hello! If you are not mixing two colors together, a bowl and brush is not necessary. You can mix the colorant and the developer in the developer applicator bottle and apply with the bottle and massage in with your gloved hands. If you are mixing more than one color – or trying to save a portion to do root touch-ups – we recommend visiting your local beauty supply store and picking up a mixing bowl.

  7. Now I have 5cm natural roots on 6 level with a little grays and the bleached blond length. I want to dye same color as on picture of 8A. How can I do it?

    1. Jenean Naturtint USA

      Hello Alena!
      Level 5 roots and 8A – Ash Blonde are a bit of a stretch beyond the two shade rule and might cause you to battle hot roots. Also, 8A – Ash Blonde does not have a sufficient amount of pigment to cover grey/white hair by itself. Natural tones are best for grey coverage. My suggestion would be to mix 8N – Wheat Germ Blonde with 8A – Ash Blonde, but keep in mind that your roots may end up with warm hues. We recommend performing a strand test with a small mount to get an indication of what your final results will be. If you’d like more advice on how to mix for a color strand test or to ask any further questions, please reach out to our customer service team at 877.372.6567. We’d be happy to talk to you!

  8. Does Naturtint come in 9G Blonde?
    If not, what Naturtint color is the closest to L’Oreal Preference 9G Light Golden Blonde (Warmer)?
    Where is Naturtint sold, only at Whole Foods and through Amazon.com?

    1. Jenean Naturtint USA

      Hello Theresa,
      Our lightest golden (G) color is 8G – Sandy Golden Blonde. To lighten that color you would need to mix with 9N – Honey Blonde. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to give our customer service line a call (877.372.6567) or send us a message through our Contact Us page.

  9. I have natural dark brown hair with only a few greys. I been dying my hair with Naturtint Golden Blonde 7G for a year. It does lighten my hair quite a bit, and I am happy with it, however, the colour is a bit too reddish for my taste. It only looks nice when it fades, after a few washes, as the red mostly goes away. I was wondering if one of the Natural (N) shades would be more appropriate. I was thinking about switching to Hazelnut Blonde (7N). Would this shade lighten my hair as much as the 7G without the golden/red effect? Or do you have another suggestion?

    1. Jenean Naturtint USA

      Hello Iara,
      The only difference between 7N – Hazelnut Blonde and 7G – Golden Blonde is that 7G has added yellow and orange to make the golden (G) tones. They are the same level of color.

      A lot of times, depending on the amount of grey/white that you are covering you will begin to see those brassy hues when using warm tones. The natural (N) tones have the right amount of the pigments necessary to cover grey. My suggestion would be to mix those two colors together in a 50/50 mixture – 7N and 7G. Because they are the same shade they also have the same volume developer. So, you can simply pour in 30 milliliters of each colorant into one of the developer bottles for a full application. If doing a root touch-up mix 15 milliliters of each color with 30 milliliters of developer. A cough syrup cup is a good measuring tool to use. Whatever you do not mix can be saved until your next color treatment.

      If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone – 877.372.6567 – or by email at [email protected]

  10. Hello….I am 64 with blue veins, natural very dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and very light skin. My problem is dealing with 75% grey roots which are too much against the darker hair, so I went blonde. Mainly because my hair seems to grow out so quickly. OMG it makes me look 10 years older! If I drop back to a light brown, can I use your product safely every 3 weeks? Has anyone seen a woman fitting my description that had a good looking hair color? What was it? Thanks!

    1. Jenean Naturtint USA

      Hello Lori,
      There’s a hair color that is right for everyone! Sometimes it just takes a little bit of experimenting to find it 🙂

      Before choosing a color we have to know a few things – how much grey you’re covering, which you mentioned above – and what shade your original color was. If you were naturally darker than a level 5 in color you might have problems getting to a 6 or 7, but it’s not impossible. Call us at 877.372.6567 and we can walk you through obtaining your desired color. One of our color specialist would be happy to assist you!

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