While you might think choosing a hair color is as easy as picking the shade that looks good on the model on the hair color box, or the shiniest and prettiest looking color swatch at the salon, the fact is that there are plenty of ways to choose the right or wrong color. And these hair color do's list some of the easiest ways to ensure that you get the right hair color for you.

Hair Color Do's

1. Do take inspiration from others.
If you see a hair color you like on a friend, family member, or even someone walking down the street, ask them what the shade is. If you see a celebrity in a magazine with the exact shade you want, or if you find a great color on any of the celebrity or salon hairstyles from TheHairStyler.com's range of hairstyles then take it along to your hairstylist.

Golden blonde hair color

2. Do choose the right hair color for you and your hair.
While changing from brunette to blonde or vice-versa works well for some, for others it can be a real disaster. The color clashing with their skin tone or making their locks brittle and prone to hair damage are just some of the side-effects for choosing the wrong hair color for you and the wrong type of hair color for your hair. Avoid mistakes by choosing the right shade for your skin tone and ensuring that your hair is healthy enough to go through the color process that will be required to achieve the color that you want.

Model with long wavy black hair and blue highlights

3. Do ease into a color change.

If you're going for a complete hair color change, ease into it by trying a more natural shade instead of something bright or shocking. For example, if you're thinking or trying a red hair color, start out with something that is closer to a soft, dark red instead of jumping right into the brightest red shade you can find.

Hair Color Don'ts

1. Don't pick a shade that is more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural shade.
This rule applies to those coloring their hair for the first time and anyone who wants the most flattering hair color look. Of course you can go two shades darker or lighter if you want a total color change, but that kind of color work is best left to the professionals who can get your color to the exact shade that you want in the least damaging way possible.

Long black hairstyle

2. Don't underestimate hair color maintenance.
If you're picking a color that is drastically different to your natural hair color then you'll need regular touch-ups to your roots. If your new color is a fantastically bright red shade then it'll begin fading as soon as your wash your hair and anytime you step out into the sun, also requiring regular touch-ups. Damaging hair colors such as platinum blonde may mean you'll need to start a weekly or monthly hair care routine to keep your locks soft and manageable, and the list goes on. If that all sounds like too much effort for you then stick to a hair color option that is low maintenance. If you are willing to look after a high maintenance hair color, however, then find out what's involved before coloring so you're prepared.

Long Brunette Half Up Hairstyle with Light Blonde Highlights

3. Don't forget to be realistic.

If you pick a blonde color off the supermarket shelf to apply to your black hair, or if you take a photo of Rihanna's bright red shade to your hairdresser and expect them to take your brunette locks to that color level in one session then you're going to be severely disappointed. The fact is that certain hair color changes and shades need time and many salon or hair coloring sessions to achieve them, so be realistic about the hair color you want and the time it will take to get it.

Now that you have an idea about what to do when picking a great hair color, find a shade for you by using our Virtual Hairstyler to try on a range of true-to-life hair colors and virtual hair colors with your photo or a model photo.