This Handy Chart Makes Choosing a Hair Color So Easy
Hair color is so multifaceted now that it's impossible to settle on a shade anymore. To make it more complicated, instead of "brown" hair, now there's "tigereye," "deep sable brown," and even chocolate mauve if you're vying for a tinge of rose gold hue. But the balayage, highlights, and smatterings of color are just part of step two—it's step one you need to settle on first: the base color. Although, trying to decide on that can keep you up at night too.
To help make the selection process a bit easier, we spoke with master colorist Gio Bargallo of Rita Hazan Salon in NYC to compile the ultimate hair color chart for brunette, red, and blond shades. Peruse the colors below, study up on their undertones, and bring your new hair inspo to the salon. Keep scrolling to get started!
Platinum blond is the lightest of all the blond shades. It has a white/yellow base, but you'll need to work closely with your colorist to make sure you're a good candidate. (And avoid trying to achieve this color on your own—doing so can yield more yellow than you bargained for.) Because this color is so prone to yellowing, be sure to use a toning shampoo like Beauty Protector Protect & Blonde Toning Shampoo ($23) to keep it looking fresh and lustrous.
With a darker base than beige blond, dirty blond has similar facets: caramel and golden highlights against a deep blond or brond hue.
Strawberry red is great for fair and neutral skin tones, but if your skin is deeper, aim for a red hue with hints of brown (see below). Otherwise, your skin may appear a bit green with this color.
Though it goes without description, Bargallo dresses up jet-black hair's namesake by comparing it to "black licorice polish." Keep it looking sleek and shiny with an Olaplex treatment ($28) once a week.