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Old 01-05-2008, 02:30 PM
Location: FL
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I am a red hed, but I have to dye myself because I have sooooooooooo many whites that I probably have more whites then red!!

I don't want to be a blond.

I was thinking of a change, and dying my hair a brown. Not a mousy brown, but a dark brown...but not dark enough that it would look witchy color and look fake.

My SIL told me that the older you get, your hair should get lighter, not darker.

I am 35.

I also am fair skinned and I was told it would make me look washed out.

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Old 01-05-2008, 02:43 PM
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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a medium golden brown would work with your skin tones, and what red is left in your hair. I wouldnt go dark brown, you have that fabulous redhead skin, and it would be a bit too much.
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:46 PM
Location: huh?
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at age 35 youre probably still safe to go with a dark brown. but yes i have heard that you should go lighter as you get older. 35 is probably not the "older" they are speaking of. i would definitey not recommend that horrible black on anyone over 40 though. we have all seen young women who can get away with it and even look stunning but on a fairskinned older women it looks like a cheap halloween wig.
plus, if you ever want to go lighter after being black haired, you either have to shave your head (think brittany spears) or pay millions of dollars to sit in a salon for millions of hours!
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:27 PM
Location: Chi-Town soon to be NYC and eventually Ireland
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If you watch the makeover shows, the stylists ALWAYS try to convince older women who have been dying their hair blonde for years to go to a deeper, richer color. I think that women have heard exactly what you're saying for years, but in truth, I think it does make women look washed out. I think TOO dark is not good either, but I would stick to as close to your natual shade as possible- people *always* look better that way!
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:32 PM
Location: huh?
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just make sure that there is enuf contrast between your skin color and hair color. my mother has the fairest skin youve ever seen and also has platinum blond hair. it doesnt work because i cant tell where her skin stops and her hair starts.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:46 PM
Location: CO
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YOUR 35!!!!! Not 75!!!! To young to worry about the going lighter with age!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:53 PM
Location: Southern Oregon
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What's wrong with the white?

sounds like it would be stunning.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:07 PM
Location: in a house
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If your skin coloring is fair and if you have a red heads complextion than I would stay in the lighter rather than darker tones. The most natural coloring is one with several different hues so the color is not flat and boring. That will make you look older. In answer to your question about should your color go lighter as you get older...my answer would be yes, especially with fair skin..to severe. Redish or auburn hair looks great if you have light eyes..really makes them pop, but be prepared to have to dye your hair much more often if you make it dark as the grey really shows more. I have been many colors but found the upkeep to be easier being blond as the grey blends in much more.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:26 PM
Location: Capitan, NM
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I'm a redhead too with a light complexion.
I've heard to go with the eye color. For instance, my eyes are hazel/green so if I wanted to go brown or blonde, I was told to go with golden undertones and not ashy undertones. If your eyes are blue, go for the ashy undertones.
Dark brown or black would look horrible on me. I had a black wig for Halloween one time. Made me look sick.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:30 PM
Location: For Pig Latin Ess-Pray Ee-Thray
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JMO But I think as we get older our skin tone changes but we sill have our basic warm or cool skin tone. So even tho you need to brighten/lighten up, you still need to pick a hair color thats flattering to your skin tone. If it were me Id stay in the warm red family since red heads are tradionally warm skin tone.

I have auburn hair myself. When I was young and stupid and thought I had to look like everybody else I made it blonde , strawberry blonde, darker, you name it. Finally I got old and smart. . This is the color Im supposed to have . It just needs some oomph.

I get it striped/foiled whatever you call it with three shades of auburn/red two or three times a year. Then I use a small amount of auburn Clairol Loving Care 6wk color like a creme rinse every time I shampoo to keep my colors from fading. I get alot of compliments on my hair and its pretty maintenance free.

I cant say this will work for peeps with lots of gray. Im 58 but I dont have much gray. 95 % of what I have is in a small skunk stripe right in the front. So far its been working on my skunk stripe.

Id say that since yours is so white already id stick with something light. You could go all white like Babara Stanwyck. Or how about strawberry blonde. Just dont do old lady pink.
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