Hair Dye and Your Personal Color Analysis: What You Need to Know
Navigating your color journey can bring up a lot of questions, especially if you color your hair. As a certified Personal Color Analyst, I often get asked about the impact of hair dye on Personal Color Analysis (PCA) results. To clarify, let's delve into how hair dye influences your PCA and the best way to prepare for your session.
Understanding the Role of Hair Color in PCA
Hair color is a significant element of your overall coloring. But when it comes to PCA, we're primarily focused on the skin’s undertones, which doesn't change with hair color or other cosmetic alterations. To ensure an accurate analysis, the dyed hair is covered with a neutral gray bonnet during the draping process. This helps neutralize any influence your hair color might have on the colors being draped.
Timing Your PCA with Hair Dye
One question that often arises is whether to schedule your PCA right after refreshing your hair color or just before you're due for a touch-up. My advice is to aim for a time when your hair color is at its most 'normal' or 'average' – basically, how your hair looks most of the time. This provides a baseline and reflects the coloring you're living with most days.
Another method is to come in with a hair color that you particularly like. We can then evaluate whether that shade truly complements your overall coloring or not, providing valuable insights for future dye jobs.
What Happens If You Change Your Hair Color?
Another concern is how a change in hair color might affect your color season. While certain hair colors can harmonize better with some color seasons, changing your hair color doesn't change your skin’s undertones or your color season. However, a drastic hair color change could can push you into other subseasons or even into a completely different season. It’s possible to approach the hair dye with several options at this point. Click here to see how this played out with a past client.
Ultimately, whether you color your hair or not, a PCA is a powerful tool for understanding your unique coloring and learning to work with it to enhance your natural beauty. The key is to approach it in a way that represents your everyday appearance, offering results you can practically apply in your daily life.
If you're thinking about scheduling a PCA and have questions about preparing for your session, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to guide you on your journey to discovering your true colors!