How To Fuel A Hair Color Change

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Ready for your hair color change?

Before you take the plunge, make sure you know the do’s and don’ts of wearing your new shade, provided by eSalon’s expert Color Director Estelle Baumhauer.

Going brunette

“If your hair is that ‘in-between’ shade of not quite blonde, not quite brown, darkening it to brunette can be a great way to add some vibrancy,” says Estelle.

If you’re going brunette, stock up on mascara! Dark accents on your face (especially black lashes) will balance out the darker tone of your hair. And while you’re at it, play around with dramatic colors on your eyes, such as jewel tones – these often look flattering on brunettes.

“Keep in mind that the contrast between dark hair and fair skin could make you look washed-out,” warns Estelle. “But you can use light-reflecting shades, such as peach and coral, to warm up your skin,” she adds. A shimmery bronzer can also help even out your tone.

Going blonde

“A blonde shade can be fun, but color with care since it might not work for everybody,” says Estelle. “Often, people who had fair hair when they were younger have the perfect skin tone to wear blonde when they’re older.” You can always check with eSalon’s experts to see if it’s right for you.

Extreme lightening can damage your hair because it involves harsh chemical processes. Instead, try lightening just a little, by up to one shade – it can brighten hair without being too extreme, says Estelle.

For those who plan on lightening up, make sure you have brown mascara on hand since it looks softer on your face. Try to go easy on makeup and avoid bold or intense colors, because they may look overdone on you. Instead, stick with soft, muted shades like pink, peach, or nude, and play up one feature at a time. If you want a bright lipstick, try to keep it sheer and soft.

Going red

Many people with cooler skin tones tend to be perfect candidates for a red hair color. However, keep in mind that red shades may fade faster than other colors, especially on dry or damaged hair. Redheads should keep their hair healthy and condition it often. Other factors can cause fading, such as the sun’s rays or using a harsh shampoo – so try to keep your tresses protected!

When it comes to makeup, be prepared to keep it light and simple. Pink lips and blush often complement red hair nicely. Avoid making your eyes dark and smoky, since it competes with your bold hair. One good makeup trick is to adjust match the undertones in your hair. For example, with a warm hair color it can be flattering to go with warmer makeup shades for color harmony.

Hottest home hair color solution

To get your best hair color change at home, check out eSalon.com. It’s a young company that’s ruffling the feathers of hairstylists across the country. eSalon’s Color Director Estelle Baumhauer says: “Outraged colorists tell me, ‘You’re going to put us out of business!’”

They’re outraged because eSalon provides high quality home hair color at an affordable price, under the guidance of salon professionals.

eSalon is nothing like the one-size-fits-all boxed hair color you get at a drugstore. Instead, they provide custom blended hair color like you’d get in a salon. They use salon-grade ingredients that leave hair soft, shiny and provide excellent gray coverage. The personalized pigment even has your name on the bottle, because it’s made for you and no one else.

For the ultimate convenience, the order is delivered to your doorstep for under $20. Compare that to the $100-plus price tag local hairdressers charge!

Right now, first time customers can get a full color kit for just $10 by visiting www.eSalon.com. Try it now!