What’s Your Color? (Part 2)

Now that you’ve discovered your undertone (see What’s Your Color? Part 1) what next? GO PRACTICE! If you can’t go shopping, you should at least do some window shopping: this way you’ll know which colors look best on your skin complexion next time you have some money to spend. Again, the right colors can make you stand out and the wrong colors will make you seem drab :

Cool Tone Advice:

YOUR BEST COLORS

  • black
  • navy
  • grey
  • purple

Avoid:

  • Gold, bronze or warm red tones. These can give you a sallow look
  • Yellow based colors as your hair and skin will begin to blend making you look ill, washed out or it may exaggerate any ‘yellowness’ in your skin

Warm Tone Advice:

YOUR BEST COLORS:

  • rust, olive
  • khaki, mustard
  • warm rich browns
  • olive greens
  • tomato reds

Avoid:

  • Violet, blue and white colors, which can wash out your natural coloring
  • Too much ash in your hair as this can make you look older, pale and drawn

Neutral Tone Advice:

Neither too warm nor too cool, you most likely be able to pull off almost any color.

  • Choose a color that will enhance your eye color
  • Bring out yellow flecks with golds and reds
  • Enhance dark eyes with exotic colors like dark wine
  • Try colors like sandy blonde, beige blonde, chocolate-brown and mahogany

Avoid:

  • Earth tones and muted colors (charcoal, beige, grey)

Check out this short video that further explains it may not be the outfit but the color that makes a difference:

http://video.about.com/fashion/Dress-for-Your-Skin-Tone.htm

Keep in mind, there are no right or wrong colors, just the ones that make you look the most fabulous! For now at least, I urge you to go to your favorite store, and play around with the colors (see chart) that work with your undertone. If you have some time to play, go to one of your favorite high-end luxury stores and go see a stylist/personal shopper. Most of them will provide this service for free! This is your excuse to go frolic at your favorite store and have fun with colors!

 

Modern Naturalista

Cut hair styling time in half!

It’s that time again… My hair is asking… no begging for a wash and perhaps even a treatment. While I enjoy the long shower when washing and conditioning and I really love the smell of my own products, I sometimes dread having to retwist my locs. It’s almost been 4 years and my hair has nearly reached my mid back. There are so many styles I can do to it at this point and that’s the fun part! I love the fact that my hair has so much length but I also find that it takes a little more time to get through it. Over the years, I’ve cut my hair twisting and styling time in half but the longer it gets, the more elaborate styles I can do to it and the more time it can take to get through it.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way that help with getting through the tiredness and sometimes boredom of doing my own hair:

  1. Read a book: With the technology available on our phones today, I find myself always reading a business article or a book. Currently I’m reading Think and Grow Rich and I’m getting through it a lot faster than I would’ve imagined. I would recommend getting a screen protector so that any oils or moisturizer you’re using doesn’t seep into your phone. If you’re a student with reading assignments, you may want to consider reading while styling hair. I’ve found it very helpful!
  2. Play your favorite song (… and DANCE!)! I admit it… I’m a dance music junkie! Something about the electronic beats, the constant drums and synthesized melody can power me for the whole day. When I put on my Pandora or my playlist, I find that I get through my hair in half the time.
  3. Talk to a friend. Sometimes, it takes a good friend to get us through those difficult times and this is no exception. When there’s someone else in the house while I’m doing my hair, if possible, I engage in conversation with them. I’m an extrovert so I can always find something to talk about… that is, if someone is willing to listen. LOL!

Whatever you do…

DO NOT WATCH T.V.!!

I’ve found that t.v. is a big distraction and I try to stay away from until ALL  of my days’ activities have been met, be it business or personal. If you turn on the tube while doing hair, you may find your attention slip and it takes you hours to finish your hair. Have you ever been to a salon and the stylist is watching t.v. and you’ve noticed 15 or 20 minutes go by and she hasn’t started?! I would recommend not even going into a room with a t.v. to avoid the temptation altogether. This will cause lots of frustration as well as loss of time.

I hope will find these tips useful especially if you’re already accustomed to doing more than one thing at a time. I feel so productive when I have to do my hair because I’m killing two birds (sometimes 3) with one stone! Have any tips of your own? Share them with us!