Summer is almost over – so this is the perfect time to start thinking about buying some new pieces for your fall wardrobe and changing up the color of your hair.

At some point we will or have all faced the dilemma of choosing the right hair color.

It can be overwhelming.

There are so many factors to consider: skin tone, natural hair color, color levels, color tones, color shades, highlights, low lights, foiling, cap method, tri-color method, color charts and understanding the natural pigment in your hair and the end results of adding artificial pigment. It’s exhausting.

And have you been down a hair product aisle lately? There are so many different brands and products to choose from.

We have had trouble, in the past, picking the right shade of foundation, let alone picking the right hair color. Neither of us has ever colored our own hair and the thought has never crossed our minds. Why? If we ever did attempt it ourselves, it would be a complete and utter disaster. Picking the wrong foundation is one thing. You can just wipe it off and go back to the cosmetics counter. Correcting a bad hair color could cost more than if you had gone to a salon in the first place.

Choosing the perfect hair color

We read a few articles and here are two common mistakes they listed:

It will most likely come up green. When we read this, we instantly thought of the scene from Anne of Green Gables, where Anne tries to dye her hair and it comes out green so Marilla has to cut Anne’s hair short.

Grey is very resistant and needs to process longer. What does that mean? If you leave color in too long it can damage the hair. If you don’t leave it in long enough, it might not cover your grey and you’ll have to do it all over again.

“Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.”

 Hubert de Givenchy

We know ourselves and our limitations.  We can do many things in life but coloring our own hair is not one of them.

Our advice?

Avoid the trouble. Avoid the stress. Go to a professional. Hair stylists are skilled, trained, professionals. They do this for a living. Let them be the ones to help you find your own personalized hair color.

This is also a chance to get pampered. Think of it as a mini get away from your husband and the kids. Enjoy having someone shampoo your hair, massage your scalp and blow dry your hair.

Read a magazine or book – without interruptions. Enjoy a coffee or glass of wine. You’ll leave the salon feeling refreshed and looking radiant. Treat yourself. You deserve it!

Communication is the key!

This post offers great advice. I always do a very thorough consultation with my guests. I find this helps me understand what look they are trying to achieve and what the steps I need to take, to ensure that satisfaction is reached.

It’s a process that should be fun, easy and professional. It’s important that my guests feel very comfortable and confident that I am the right stylist for them.

Communication is very important and the only way the desired color and cut will be reached.

So, once you find a stylist and you are happy. Never let them go.

 Ramsey Sayah | Master Stylist