I don’t think there is many women or men can say they have never experienced that bad hair day. What’s the big deal anyway as it is easily sorted. It is when dyeing or cutting the hair and something goes wrong is when it becomes a big deal.

Note: Just because Lady Gaga and Lily Allen’s hair colour looked fabulous, it doesn’t mean its’s colour for you, so be careful choosing a hair colour. A common bad hair mistake is when girls go yellow, and all because they heard men prefer blondes and that they have more fun, yeah maybe so, but don’t forget that stigma (dumb blonde).

When choosing what colour to dye your hair, your skin type should be considered first. You may bet Lady Gaga and Lily Allen had an expert hairstylist advising them on this.

You need to work with your natural skin tone…

There are four main complexions: dark, olive, porcelain, peaches and cream.

Note: Get the colour right first time around to avoid disappointment, and especially more so if the hair dye is permanent.

If you’re ready for change and decided to go darker then “olive” skin is the most versatile and can take rich chestnut browns, but, if you fall into the peaches and cream then ignore these colours as they’ll redden the cheeks. Harsh reds can look fabulous on porcelain skin. You only have to look at celebrities like Florence Welch, Paloma Faith and Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud the famous girl band which X Factor judge Cheryl Cole was part of, and “who” we’ve seen with a tint of red in her hair… who was it that said red wasn’t sexy?

Plum type browns and mahogany is best matched to women with dark skin. Be wary if you want to go that shade lighter as it can show unnatural.

Be cautious with porcelain skin. Opt for cool ashy blondes, because yellowish shades against this skin tone can make a woman look brassy. Ladies with olive or peaches and cream skin tone is best sticking with caramel or golden blonde. Avoid ashy colours and champagne shades because they tend to make the skin look drab.

Stick to colours that compliment skin tone, figure out if you’re better off with single-process colour or highlights.

If you were fair-haired as a child then you’ll likely look good with blonde hair as a grown-up.

Bottle blondes shouldn’t colour hair more than 2 shades lighter than their natural shade.

If the skin is truly pale and you have brown hair, go lighter. Dark strong shades can wash you out and put years on you.

Anyone can go red as long as it is the right shade of red. The amount of women that dye their hair red and it comes out orange is quite high, so it makes sense to talk to an expert.

Colour or highlight? If you have a great base hair tone go with highlights. If the base colour drains the skin tone then look towards single-process colour. It also works out cheaper than having highlights.

Highlights look fabulous with at least two different shades. Ask the hairdresser if getting it done in the salon for more around the face, it will brighten the complexion making it look fresh and healthy. Ask the stylist to pamper the hair with gloss treatment following the colouring. Gloss boosts colour and makes hair shinier looking full of health. Remember to touch up the roots every four to eight weeks and about two or three months for particular highlights.

If you want to keep things straight forward and simple then choose a semipermanent hair colour as it will wash out after a few shampoos, whereas a permanent colour has to grow out and can look messy if you haven’t time to touch up root growth.

If colouring the hair at home rub Vaseline around the hairline as a protective measure before applying the hair colourant. If you have an accident and the skin is stained, remove the stain with an alcohol-based toner.

Grey hair can cause problems if you want to dye it. It can be resilient to hair dye because of its coarse texture. If the hair is less than 15 per cent grey, then it may be best to try a semi-permanent colour that is a shade lighter than your natural colour.

If you’re not happy with the final result, not to panic as there are lots of things you can do to get it to look the way you want. If a semi-permanent colour was used, then treat with a shampoo containing “ammonium laurel sulfate” to wash away the colour quicker.

Worst hair colours for different skin tones

Porcelain skin (pale): Golden, caramel blondes and strong deep shades.

Peaches & Cream: Rich reds or chestnut browns these make the cheeks appear redder.

Olive skin: Pale ashy, champagne colours can make the skin look jaundiced.

Dark skin: No matter what makeup or style of dress you wear will not make blonde hair against dark skin look natural. However, if you have the personality it can make a bold statement.

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