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So you've found that perfect haircut. Maybe you're wondering what it would look like colored in different ways? These days most people just walk into a salon, flip through a few magazines, find a picture of a gorgeous-looking model with a fabulous hairstyle and color, and automatically think "that'll look great on me." But there are so many other factors involved! To avoid disappointment (and inevitably blaming your poor stylist) KEEP READING.

At TheHairStyler.com we take the difficulty and drama out of choosing hair colors. How? We make it easy by showing what the same haircut would look like in a range of different colors. This month we've chosen to look at hair that's medium to fine in texture, medium length, and straight. We're sure you'll get a better understanding of exactly the impact a color choice can make on your haircut.

This is a heavenly style. It's soft and sleek though the top, and spun-out at the bottom. It looks just great on medium to thick hair types. The sides have been cut to the shoulders and flicked out; the back has also been cut to the shoulders to give this look an all over evenness. The color is a lovely hue of warm, deep, reds. A warm color often suits similar skin tones; such as fair-warm, peaches and cream, tan-warm, and dark-warm complexions.

The Cut

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Light Hazelnut Brown

This lovely hair color is a light, cool shade of brown. The hue works well to create a smooth look all over, at the same time enhancing perfectly the flicked effect of the cut.

This color is great for hiding something we all hate, regrowth- particularly for those whose natural hair color is brown or lighter. It's not a high maintenance style, only needing touch ups every 4 to 6 weeks (for permanent color) or 12 weeks (for semi permanent color). And, we think this color will work best for people with fair, olive and dark-cool complexions.

With The Right Skin Tone

Light hazelnut brown hair color

Here it's clear how well this color works with a pale to light model. And as you can probably tell, the color complements the model's skin tone perfectly.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Light hazelnut brown hair color

Look closely: what you see is an example of what not to do! This color on the peaches and cream model really doesn't suit, as it gives the model's skin tone quite a reddish haze. Red's a good hue for your hair, but it's not the most desirable all over skin tone.

Auburn Brown

I love this auburn-brown tone. It's the noticeable hint of copper that makes it such a great mix. In terms of maintenance, this color's pretty good. It's between light and dark, which means it will disguise regrowth fairly well, but it might fade. So a good preventative measure is to use a color-care shampoo and conditioner (these will hold the color for a little longer). The auburn-brown tone you see here will suit the following complexions best: fair-warm, peaches and cream, tan-warm and dark-warm.

With The Right Skin Tone

Auburn brown hair color

As you can see this color really looks great with our peaches and cream model. This hue's great because it really makes her skin glow.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Auburn brown hair color

Notice the same color on a fair skin tone? It's quite clear that the color just doesn't look that appealing, making the model's skin rather cherry in color- as if she's been blushing all day.

Darkest Violet

Violet is definitely one of a kind in the color spectrum, and it can be a little overpowering for some. But it doesn't have to be. The violet we've featured here is a little more subtle than a full, bright violet, so don't be too afraid to take the plunge. One thing to remember is that this style can be vulnerable to fading depending on your natural hair color; for example, blondes will have a higher rate of fading than those with light brown to dark brown hair. Also, this violet color will work best on cool skin tones, such as fair, olive and dark-cool complexions.

With The Right Skin Tone

Darkest violet hair color

See for yourself how great this color looks on our dark-cool model. It really makes her complexion shine.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Darkest violet hair color

Pale and washed out; that's really the best way to describe how this hair color makes the complexion look on a model with olive or warm skin. But if you like the "gothic" look, go for it.

Copper Blonde

It's bright! This color is a great example of how to give your hair that sun-kissed look. It adds a lovely all over glossy feel, making those flicks look fuller and showing off every strand of hair. This color works well on warm complexions: fair-warm, peaches and cream, tan-warm and dark-warm.

With The Right Skin Tone

Copper blonde hair color

This color really makes our model glow and shows her complexion in the best possible way.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Copper blonde hair color

This color really doesn't work well on this model: it just makes her look sickly and artificial.

Light Blonde

I really love blonde, especially this light blond hue. The color is perfect in tone and really works well here to show off every angle of a great style. On the downside, however, this particular color needs regular touch ups when used over dark natural tones (and of course, less touch ups with light hair- such as natural blonde). It'll work best with cool complexions- fair, olive, and dark-cool- so if you've got one of these, I definitely recommend trying this color out.

With The Right Skin Tone

Light blonde hair color

As we can see, this blonde hue works well with our pale to fair model. It gives her a little color and creates a more natural look.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Light blonde hair color

But we can't be so positive about this color with a warm model. It makes her skin look like it has lost color.

Black

I like blonde, but if I had to choose a favorite color it would be black. In many ways black's quite a neutral tone and can really go with anything. And without fail, it'll add a mysterious and seductive feel to your image. This color works well with this style of cut, and I think it'll work well on all skin tones as it features both warm and cool hues throughout.

With The Right Skin Tone

Black hair color

As we can see, this black hue works well with our model and makes her complexion radiant. But we think black works well with any skin tone.

With The Wrong Skin Tone

Black hair color

"Wrong skin tone?" There are none with black hair!

Deciding on a perfect color is a complex process that involves much more than browsing through a magazine filled with gorgeous models. At TheHairStyler.com, we make sure you'll get the right results from your color choice by making it simple to see what the same haircut would look like in a range of different colors.

Go forth and color!






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