Expert Advice: Find Your Best Hair Color

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Perfect color goes beyond basic blond, brunette or red. The shades and tones are what make color multidimensional and vibrant. The right language is essential when communicating your desired color to your colorist, which is why we’ve asked Goldwell celebrity colorist Rona O’Conner how to go about achieving the exact look you want.

Blond:
To achieve medium, golden blond-flecked hair with highlights, O’Conner says to ask for a medium golden honey blond base with ivory highlights and adds, “This looks best for those with natural golden hair and tan.” Ideal for those with light to medium warm skin tones is a light golden blond shade. O’Conner suggests telling your colorist that you want a single process golden blond base with fine ivory highlights woven throughout. “The base color will need to be touched up about every four weeks: highlight just the crown every eight weeks.”

Brunette:
For a caramel hue with honey undertones, O’Connor suggests asking for “a honey brown base and very fine caramel and natural honey highlights woven throughout.” If you’re going for a rich espresso brown look, “Ask for a dark espresso brown shade that’s highlighted midlength to the ends with a cool auburn hue. This color works well on almost all skin tones,” O’Conner adds.

Red:
According to O’Conner, medium copper is a low-maintenance color that consists of a warm brunette shade with copper undertones and is worn well on pale, medium and dark skin tones with freckles. If you want a bright red, O’Conner says, “Pale skin with peach undertones is ideal for this cooper shade with orange and gold undertones, but it suits pale cool skin with pink undertones, too.”

Once you've found your perfect shade, O'Conner recomends using Goldwell Dual Senses Fade Stop Shampoo ($15), Color Detangling Conditioner ($16) and Goldwell Dualsenses 60-sec Treatment ($20) to preserve the color.

To learn more about what shades work best for you and how to replicate your favorite celebrity color, pick up the 2013 summer-fall NewBeauty issue, on stands now or download the app.