One of the reasons I started this blog was to use my years of experience as a stylist/business owner and offer advice to readers. So, if you have questions, please send me an email: I would love to help you out!

Here is a hair question from a reader.

I want to try a darker hair color for the winter but I don’t want to look pasty. Do you have any advice for me?

If you want to color your hair darker for the winter without looking pasty, the first thing you should do is have a complete consultation with your stylist: cut, color and makeup. This way you will have an idea of what to expect, before you make the change.

Choosing a color that suits you best all depends on your skin tone, eye color and what state your hair is in. Generally going darker is easier on the hair of course, but if your hair is really, really dry you might not be able to achieve certain colors.

You might want to consider changing up your style. Maybe grow out a fringe or get a side sweep – between the cut and color, there should be a flow that makes them work together.

Once you have your desired color, you shouldn’t look pasty at all. But, if you do feel it a little at first, make up as you know is your savior and can do wonders. Ask your stylist or a make up artist to recommend products that will help you adjust to your new look.

wella-hair-color-shades_dh The hair industry has come a long way in developing products that give guests healthy-looking hair color. There are so many great lines available on the market. At our shop we use Wella Professionals. Signup

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