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The Ultimate Alternative Hair Guide is intended to help people who are advanced or at least somewhat experienced with dying or bleaching their hair. It is full of tips and tricks that are meant to get you the crazy color you want while keeping your hair in the best possible condition, whether it is long, short, straight, curly, young or old.

INCLUDES photos of bleaching, dyed hair, and more!

Published: Carrie Ann Maxwell on
ISBN: 9781466170902
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Chapter 1

Color Theory

Picking Pink/Green/Blue or?

When it comes to dying your hair an alternative color, the rules of color theory still apply. Color theory is the basic rule behind what colors go together to achieve a certain effect. It applies to natural hair colors by complimenting a person's skintone and eyecolor to enhance their complexion. Using the wrong color can make a person look washed out or older than they actually are. This means understanding a person's natural base hair color. There are two different types of hair colors, warm and cool. Understanding which one yours is will determine what colors will work best on you, whether they are natural browns, blonds, reds or blacks, or alternative colors like pink, red, blue, orange, green, etc. Skin tone and eye color also play a part in determining whether you are a natural warm or a natural cool.

Some people are both a warm and a cool, a neutral, and can wear both warm and cool colors that are flattering to them. However, most of the time even these people will look their best in either warm or cool.


Warm tones include hair that has a gold or red tone to it, which can be seen easily in natural light. This can include strawberry or honey blondes, golden blondes, golden browns, browns with red, coppers and auburns. Skin may have a gold or peach undertone and can include ivory, fair with peach tones, gold or yellow, olive, deep golden brown. Warm skin tends to tan easily rather than burn.

Eye colors can be hazel, green, blue, or brown, and can have gold flecks in the centres.


Cool tones in hair tend to have an ashy base. This includes ash blonde, ash brown, platinum blonde, plum-reds, and blue-blacks. Checking the hair color under natural or even sunlight will reflect any tones or blue or green that may be in the hair.

Skin may be fair with a slight pink undertone, to pinkish-beige, to a chocolate brown.

Cool skin can often burn easily rather than tan.

Eye colors can be green, blue or brown, and can have white flecks in the centres.


If a person has no noticeable warm/cool tones in their skin or hair, and looks equally good in both cool and warm makeup, than they are a neutral. This