From soft pastels to daring neon, the colorful hair trend has gone mainstream — in a major way. According to Redken Artist and Colorist Sean Godard, it's the new creative channel for women to express themselves. "Bright colors are now a foundation right next to balayages and full highlights. We've reached the point of 'everything goes' and 'it's all been done before,' so people are really showing off their personalities with fun splashes of color," he says.
But what some clients fail to consider when choosing colorful hair is how it will look against their skin tone and features. Blue might be your favorite color, but you don't want something that will make you look washed out. You want a hair color that will complement your personality and your skin tone, says Godard.
Here, the shades that will look amazing on you — plus, the at-home hair dyes that will give you perfect DIY hair color.
Disclaimer: Before you take the plunge, know this — No matter what you're told, you'll need to start with platinum- or light blonde hair. Going that light can be supremely damaging, so always leave this step to the professionals.
Ready to rock your killer personality with an equally amazing hair color? Here, your ideal colorful hair shade.
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Colorful Hair: Lavender or Purple
If you've been filling your Pinterest boards with lilac locks, but fear you will come out looking like a grape -- think again. This hair color is a gorgeous way to flair up any dull 'do, and fair skin tones rock this look particularly well according to Godard. "Violets are generally cooler, so they work best on balanced skin tones," Godard says. "Meaning, neither pink nor cool, or yellow and warm undertones. This is because violet is opposite those tones on the color wheel. So, the color and neutral complexion combo will really make the eye colors pop."
Try: While we recommend hitting a salon for this particular shade, you can try L'oréal Paris Feria Smokey Pastels, $9.99, in Lavender, for at-home hair color.
Lavender Hair With Brown Eyes
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Purple Hair With Green Eyes
Lilac Hair With Blue Eyes
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