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Your color questions answered

I’M NERVOUS TO COLOR MY OWN HAIR—WILL EVERYONE KNOW I DID IT MYSELF?
The trick to making it look completely believable is to stay within two shades of your natural color, says Los Angeles-based celebrity colorist Lorri Goddard- Clark. “That means you can go a little lighter, a little darker or cover your grays and get good results,” she says. Leave major changes, like going blonde, to the pros.

HOW DO I PICK THE RIGHT SHADE?
Make sure you use the chart on the side of the box—not the model’s hair—as your guide, says Harry Josh, John Frieda celebrity colorist. If you’re torn between two shades, always pick the lighter one. It’s much easier to go darker than lighter if you need to fix it later.

SHOULD I BUY A WARM TONE OR AN ASH TONE?
Whether you’re brunette or blonde, a warm shade is best if you have green or brown eyes or gold undertones in your skin or hair. “Warm tones also can give richness and life if you’ve got flat, boring color,”. But if you have a lot of red in your hair and want less of it, a cool, ashy tone will help neutralize it.

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I VE BEEN GETTING SALON HIGHLIGHTS FOREVER. CAN I COLOR AT HOME?
Yes, but only if you’re ready to transition to singleprocess color (most pros don’t recommend DIY highlights). If you currently have lots of blonde or platinum highlights, go to your salon first to get a more-uniform shade. “Otherwise you’ll end up with stripes where the color changes drastically,”, a celebrity hairstylist. If you’ve got darker blonde or light brown highlights, it’s safe to do single process at home as long as you stay within two shades of your highlights, Clairol celebrity colorist.

I ALWAYS SEEM TO SPILL HAIR COLOR SOMEWHERE. HELP!
First, protect your skin by rubbing a line of Vaseline along your hairline and around your ears. Wear an old button-up shirt while you work and keep an old towel and washcloth handy to blot up spills and drips before they have time to dry. Don’t forget to put your rubber gloves back on before you rinse out the color so you don’t stain your fingertips.

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WHAT’S THE MOST LOW-MAINTENANCE WAY TO COVER UP MY GRAYS?
Use a root-touch-up kit or apply your regular box color just to your gray regrowth. “Grays are notoriously resistant,”, Professionals color ambassador, “so make sure you thoroughly saturate your roots when you apply the dye.”