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How to tell what color dye would match my skin color?

Hiya Melody,

In general, if you have warm skin, you'll want a warmer color for your hair. If you have pink tones in your skin, a neutral or cooler tone will look nice. If you have gold flecks in your iris, you probably need warm tones in your hair.

Another way to tell, is to look at your wardrobe. If you look best in blues and greens, you might prefer cooler tones in your hair.  If you look better in yellows and golds, warmer hair tones.

The BEST way, of course, is take advantage of the complimentary consultations that better salons offer and let a pro make suggestions for you.  If you find a Redken salon, for example, they'll do a consultation and analyze your skin tone, hair type, etc and be able to tell you exactly what to avoid and will look great. Redken salons aren't the only salons that do this though. Most reputable salons do. Just call and ask if the offer complimentary consultations. They usually take about 15 minutes and you'll be amazed at the amount of info you'll get. We do these in our salon all the time. People just make an appointment and when we're done, they leave knowing more than they expected. Sometimes they call back and have us do the work and sometimes they don't. Either way, the consultation is free and you're under no obligation to hav us do the work. I DO recommend that you choose a full service salon because you want someone who does a lot of color advising you.

Good luck.



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Dana Sear


I can answer questions on all types of hairstyling, cutting, designing, coloring, corrective color, perming techniques,product knowledge, and in general, anything that has anything to do with hair. PLEASE NOTE: I am a professional designer and trainer. I do hair and teach advanced classes to licensed designers. I do not, under any circumstances, recommend doing chemical services including but not limited to relaxers, perms, color, highlights, or any other chemical service at home. I will not tell you how to use professional products nor will I tell you how to do your color at home. What I CAN do is arm you with current and accurate information and help you to be able to better communicate with your stylist/designer. I can also help you with what you need to do at home to maintain, protect, and treat your hair.


I have been a designer and educator for 31 years. I have been a salon consultant for Redken, affiliate trainer for ABBA Pure and Natural, Director of Education for my own salon and am currently a member of the design team and advanced trainer for my company. I specialize in corrective color, perming and style support, and image updates (make overs)

I have been actively licensed for 31 years. I actively participate in and teach cutting, perming, coloring, and business building classes. I am a REDKEN Certified Haircolorist, and REDKEN Specialist. I also have extensive training in Structure in Motion Cutting Techniques and Tigi Cutting.

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