Hair Extension Color Guide
Hair extensions are perfect for those who love wearing their hair in different styles without the commitment or the damage that comes with over styling their own hair. However, choosing the perfect color for hair extensions is not exactly a walk in the park. There are various factors to consider if you want to achieve a more natural look. Choosing the right shade is more than just matching the shade family to your natural hair. You must also consider selecting the color with the right undertone, color depth, and if you prefer darker or lighter strands as highlights or lowlights for added volume and dimension.
Choosing the Right Color Family Shade
Most hair extensions companies offer a variety of shades and label them by number, so it is easier for both the salon and customers to be familiar with the shades that blend well with their natural hair color or the shade family they belong to.
Blonde family shades range from light golden beige to sandy dark blonde color. There is some truth to the saying that blondes have more fun. If you are naturally blonde, it would be easier for you to dye your natural hair because unlike brunettes, you do not have to bleach it first to lift the color every time you decide on a different color.
If you have a blend of chocolate and caramel tones, you are under the brunette family shade. There is a wide array of colors you can choose from. Most hair extension shades range from light ash brown to dark chocolate brown. You can choose a lighter or darker shade and even blend two contrasting shades depending on the effect you are trying to achieve.
If you think black is the simplest color, you are very mistaken. There is a distinguishable difference between natural black and jet black. Jet black usually has a cooler blue undertone while the natural black has a warmer, brown with red undertones.
Auburn is sometimes be mistaken as brown but it is in a shade family of its own. If your natural hair color is red, you belong to this family shade. Most hair extensions in this family shade range from light auburn to almost red or dark red copper.
Grey shades include platinum, natural grey, and slate. People who previously dyed their natural hair in this shade can play with colors by blending 1-2 shades in this family to create a more stylish hairstyle.
For the bold and daring, the sky's the limit. There are different solid or mixed bold colors such as red, violet, blue, etc. available for you.
You can always play with shades close to your natural hair if you are planning to dye it. However, if you do not like to commit to a particular hair color, but would love to add volume to your hair, you can opt for a hair extension that is many shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color. No matter your natural hair color is, you can still apply the same rules.
Choosing the Trendy Ombre Hair Extensions
It seems that ombre trend is one that will stay for a while. The light and dark color contrast adds volume and dimension to your hair in an instant and is very easy to pull off. This is usually done by Balayage or hand painting to create the perfect dark to light effect.
This could damage your natural hair and can cost you a lot of money. That is why a lot of women who likes to switch look and change hairstyles go for ombre hair extensions instead. Ombre hairstyles are created by applying a gradient dye to hair, creating a dual-color transition effect. However, not all ombre are created the same. Some ombre hairstyles are even created using multiple colors instead of one. Before you make your final purchase, make sure you are choosing the ombre style that fits you best.
Only buy from a company that sells ombre hair extensions that has a great blend and a nice fade for a more natural look. Some companies sell low-quality ombre hair extensions with detectable straight lines that make them look obviously fake.
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