Beige Hair : There's little variation in this soft, light shade of blonde, which is what makes it so special. It has an even more dramatic effect if it closely resembles your skin tone, like you see here with Nicole Kidman. Softly Contrasting Hair : Selena Gomez's surprise transformation from brunette to blonde is sure to inspire others. What makes her switch different from other blonde makeovers? Soft brown roots and her still_dark brows. The intentional contrast is both pretty and convenient, as it will allow her hair to grow out with less maintenance. "Ask your colorist to put a darker semi_permanent color at the roots while leaving the face frame and the ends lighter, allowing for purposeful roots," recommends Clairol Color Director James Corbett.
A surprising number of testers revealed a dirty secret: stripping down when coloring to avoid staining clothes. If that's not your style, wear an old button_front shirt or robe that way, you won't have to lift anything over your head when it's time to rinse. You can also lay down garbage bags instead of covering surfaces with towels or sheets, which can soak through and need washing. Keep your chapstick handy : There's nothing worse than ending up with stripes of color on your forehead. Rather than using a goopy salve to protect skin from dye, glide a clear solid lip balm along your hairline, Hill says: "Its small size makes for concise application."