How to Choose the Right Color for You.


I wanted to talk today about the history of dsparada Color Salon and what it is that sets us apart from our competitors. Also I want to touch on our color philosophy. First of all dsparada was founded in 2000 by Don Stacy Patronelli. Don has worked in all major cities from London to Miami to New York and has had the most prestigious of training from the like of Vidal Sassoon to Oribe.
What sets us apart from other salons in the shear fact “no pun intended” that we value our work to the highest standards there for we take pride in continuing to learn about the latest trends and what is evolving in hair and hair care. This means traveling to different cities and states to be apart of educational seminars that will better the services that we provide to our clients.
Our salon is based on color and hair cutting, the 2 most important aspects of the hair, the shape and the color. 55% of women in the US color their hair, that’s a huge number and a lot of chances to make a mistake. There are 2 main determining factors when choosing the right color for your hair. Skin tone and eye color. Color is also based on tone (whether it’s warm or cool) and level (whether it is light or dark). Color is less about what we like seeing with our eyes and like and more about what suits our skin tone. Meaning, you may look at a picture of a beautiful hair color and decide that is what you want for yourself, but it might be all wrong for you. The wrong color can wash you out and make you look years older, the right color can enhance your best features and make you look years younger. Choosing the right color means determining what your skin’s undertone is, one way to determine this is by looking at the veins on your wrist in the sunlight or quartz lighting. If your veins have a bluish tint then you have a cooler undertone if your veins have a more greenish tint then you have a warmer undertone. For the longest-lasting and most natural-looking color, think about the color that the sun turns your hair during mid-summer months. Those tones are what come naturally and what you should stick with when you dye your hair. When you change your hair color with permanent hair dye, it lifts the outer color and reveals the natural underlying pigments—or highlights—in the hair. That is why people are always saying that they do not want red in their hair, when in fact it is hard to cover because that is their natural underlying pigment. Meaning it’s always in the hair.
Matching your skin tone and eye color to your hair is a pretty basic formula. First you must determine your light or dark threshold. Hair color ranges on a scale from 1-10. 1 being the darkest or blue black and 10 being the lightest or platinum blonde. Most people fall somewhere in the middle as far as their darkest color and go up to about a level 8 blonde as their lightest. Once you have determined that , now it is time to look at your eyecolor.
• Eye color is also a good marker for hair color because most people really want to make their eyes stand out. If you have chestnut brown eyes than chances are you look great with a deep chesnut hair color and maybe some golden highlights.
• A hair color with warm tones like red, gold and auburn shades are best for people with brown, green or hazel eyes. This is because these particular eye colors also have a yellow base.
• Hair colors like light gold or ash are cooler-toned colors and are best suited to people with blue or grey eyes. These eye colors have a blue base as opposed to having a yellow or brown base.

• If you have olive skin you suit darker hair colours. You should never go lighter than your skin because it appears fake.
• If you have pink skin, avoid shades of warm red or golden blonde. Stick to ash tones to neutralize your coloring.
• Pale skin suits nearly any hair colour, though this does not necessarily mean it will be flattering.
• Bright, striking colours particularly flatter dark skin tones, but softer shades can potentially make you look washed-out.
• If you are extremely pale then don’t go for black or very dark hair because it makes you look even more pale then you already are (unless that’s the effect you’re after!). Dark hair can also be ageing on very pale skin.
• If you have yellow hues to your skin be careful with yellow, gold or orange tones. Deep reds and dark browns are often safer.
Determine what clothing colour suits you best. This will be directly related to the hair color you should select.
• If you look good in red, orange, golden yellow, olive green or rust, you suit warm hair tones such as golden blonde, golden brown, strawberry blonde and auburn.
• If you look good in bluish red, fuchsia, black, royal blue or pine green, you suit cool hair tones such as platinum, ash blonde, ash brown, burgundy and jet black.
• If you look good in red, purple, charcoal grey, periwinkle or teal, you suit neutral tones like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate brown and mahogany.
Remember the darker the hair typically the shinier the hair, because lights reflects and bounces off darker hair, blonde hair can be shiny but remember the lighter the hair the more light it will absorb but you can always use assistance from glazing or toning… which brings me to my next subject low maintenance color, Semi permamanent color is not a complete gray covering color. It’s job is to deposit color on the hairshaft and then slowly fade out in 4-6 weeks or neutralize unwanted tones in hair color from fadage .Men use semi permanent hair color a lot to “blend” their gray, it won’t cover it completely like I said but you can make your hair look like it did 5 or 10 years ago. It’s a great way to color the hair with out the maintenance of having your roots touched up every 5-6 weeks. Semi permanents are also used to take out any unwanted tones in the hair. If you feel like your blond is a little yellow or little gold then this will help take those tones out and neutralize the color. There are many options for color and it can be as high maintenance or as low as you need to fit your lifestyle.
The next thing I want to talk about is cutting your hair for your face shape. I think that this can be confusing for a lot people because they are unsure as to what face shape they have. The basic rule of finding a great haircut for your face shape is never highlight your problem spot, and try to create the illusion that you have an oval face.
This means if you have a round face, (round cheeks and cheekbones) you may want to avoid short curly hair that makes your round face appear rounder. The better option would be a cut that hits below the chin or longer. L
If you have a square face, you may want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends.
Oval faces tend to look good in everything, but their faces can appear long, so think twice before adding height on top of the head in the form of a trendy, ginormous donut bun, a teased updo or a spiky short cut. And always consider your hair texture. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut or risk looking like a pyramid.
Heart-shaped faces tend to come with pointy chins and wide forheads (think Reese Witherspoon). Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead.
For us long face girls, while we should avoid long hair, we can get away with it if we cut in long layers that hit at the cheekbones and the chin. Long, wavy hair also looks good on us because the waves add width to the sides of a long face.

So next time you go to get your hair done ask your hairstylist these 3 questions…..I am cool or warm toned, is the color that I have complimentary to my skin and eyes, is my haircut appropriate for the type of face shape I have? You won’t go wrong I promise!