Alright, alright so at home hair color isn't the best way to go we admit. However, with the dollar floundering around like a fish out of water, $200+ salon trips just ain't happenin. So we've had to resort to that $10 box with high hopes that one day, just maybe one day, we'll get that at home color right.

Are you a warm or cool? Don't know? Most cools have fair skin, blue or green eyes, burn before they tan, and have veins in their wrists that are blue. Warms on the other hand have golden, olive or dark skin with dark eyes, tan easily, and their veins run green.

So now comes the scary task of picking the right box. Most boxes will state whether they are for warm or cool tones. The box dye lingo is typically golden for warm and ash for cool. If you are still throwing up in your mouth a little bit at the thought, try a semi-permanent color that will wash out after a few shampoos. If you're going with a permanent shade that is 1 or more colors off of your current hue, you may want to consider using a peroxide solution prior to coloring to avoid hot roots and brassiness. A store like Sally Beauty might be your best friend to get the peroxide solution just right.

Warm's should opt for golden colors like caramel or bronze that are darker than their skin tone. Jet black can make anybody look washed out, especially warm skin tones. Going too light can make hair turn hideous orange like those days we used to all use Sun-In (don't lie, you know you did).

Cool's should opt for ash and cool colors like browns and blondes. A gold, auburn, or copper will make skin look sallow which just ain't cool.

Some other easy rules to follow:

• If you were blonde as a child, you are probably okay to go blonde as an adult.

• Red looks good on everyone but the trick is finding the right shade for you.

• If your gray, ash colors will help cover more so than a warm color.

• Do not go more than 2 shades off of your current hair color. If you do, your hair will experience color shock which results in d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r.

• If you still botch up the job, see a professional. Re-dying will over process your hair which can lead to extreme hair loss, baldy.

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