This Handy Chart Makes Choosing a Hair Colour So Easy
Hair colour is so multifaceted now that it's impossible to settle on a shade anymore. To make it more complicated, instead of "brown" hair, now there's "tigereye," "deep sable brown," and even chocolate mauve if you're vying for a tinge of rose gold hue. But the balayage, highlights, and smatterings of colour are just part of step two—it's step one you need to settle on first: the base colour. Although, trying to decide on that can keep you up at night too.
To help make the selection process a bit easier, we spoke with master colourist Gio Bargallo of Rita Hazan Salon in NYC to compile the ultimate hair colour chart for brunette, red, and blond shades. Peruse the colours below, study up on their undertones, and bring your new hair inspo to the salon. Keep scrolling to get started!
Platinum blonde is the lightest of all the blond shades. It has a white/yellow base, but you'll need to work closely with your colourist to make sure you're a good candidate. (And avoid trying to achieve this colour on your own—doing so can yield more yellow than you bargained for.) Because this colour is so prone to yellowing, be sure to use a toning shampoo like Orbie's Bringht Blonde Shampoo ($20) to keep it looking fresh and lustrous.
With a darker base than beige blonde, dirty blonde has similar facets: caramel and golden highlights against a deep blonde or bronde hue.
Strawberry red is great for fair and neutral skin tones, but if your skin is deeper, aim for a red hue with hints of brown (see below). Otherwise, your skin may appear a bit green with this colour.