At-home hair coloring is one of those things that you either embrace or shun — there’s no middle ground. We asked celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi, of the De Berardinis Salon in NYC, to give us his tips for applying color like a pro. When selecting a shade, don’t be wooed by the model’s hair on the box — your color won’t necessarily turn out that exact shade. Instead, Petrizzi says to match your hair color up with box hair color ones on the back of the box, which will tell you how that shade will affect your starting shade.
If you’re looking to go darker, Petrizzi suggests skipping anything in the warm brown family. Unless you want orange hair, steer clear of this inviting, snuggle-up-to-me color,” he says. When dying your hair darker, those tempting ammoniated colors will actually just develop brassy. It may sound counterintuitive but choose an ashy shade. It will do anything but singe your hair and will actually balance out any brassy undertones that may pop up,” says Petrizzi.
Buying two different shades and mixing them together is the best way to get beautiful, believable hair color. Think about it: A colorist at the salon doesn’t use just one shade on your strands. They use a mix to create an end result that’s full of both highlights and lowlights. So grab a box of color that’s one shade darker than your natural shade and one that’s one shade lighter, and get mixing!