Written by

Sarah Ingham


The Best Photos For A Hair Extensions Colour Match

In order to achieve a flawless, natural-looking finish with your hair extensions, it’s important to get an accurate hair extensions colour match. As part of our service at Additional Lengths, we give you the opportunity to send photos to us, so our experienced hair extension specialists can assess your hair colour and advise you on the perfect colour match for your hair. In our handy guide, we’ve rounded up the dos and don’ts when it comes to photographing your hair. Get ready for your best colour match yet...


How To Take Good Photos For A Colour Match

Before you even begin taking the photos for your colour match, it’s important to consider a few things...

- Ensure you are best place possible for natural light. So, take your photos outdoors but try to avoid direct sunlight and shadows.

- Your hair should be down and visible from root to tip, so we can assess its length, colour and tone.

- Avoid busy backgrounds that may distract from your hair colour.

- Don't use any filters. 


The Best Hair Extension Colour Match Photos 

Front View

Overall, you should aim to take three photos, the first being a good front view. In this photo, we should be able to see...

- Your hair’s full length, from root to tip.

- Your hair in its natural parting.

- The length clearly, so bring it to the front of your shoulders.


Back View 

To photograph the back of your hair, it may be worth using a tripod and self-timer or asking someone to help you. For this view it’s important that most of your hair is behind your shoulders. 


Side View

A good side view photo can really help with colour matching. For the best result, try not to push your hair behind your ears and make sure that we can see it hanging naturally. 


Hair Extension Colour Match Photos Don'ts


Don’t use your flash or add a filter

Using the flash can distort the colour of your hair, leaving you with an inaccurate colour match.

Regarding filters, although they may make you feel better about your photo, they don’t do much in the way of showing off your hair colour. So, for best results, show us your natural beauty (we promise your hair will thank you for it later!).


Don’t take photos in the sun

Sunlight can also distort the natural appearance of your hair colour. Natural light is good, but if your photo appears too bright, take another photograph that’s out of the sun. For the perfect balance, don’t choose a place that’s too shaded either.


Don’t take a close-up selfie

Although you might think that we need a close-up of your roots for a colour match, we actually don’t! As your hair extensions are colour matched to the ends and the mixed tones running through your hair, your root colour is less relevant. With a good front, side and back view, we should be able to clearly see all of the colours and tones running through your hair. 


Don’t tie your hair up

Avoid messy buns, ponytails and unnecessary hair clips in your photos (even if you wear your hair that way all of the time). To assess your length and varying colours and tones, we need to see all of your hair, so make sure you have it down in all of your photos, for perfect colour-matching results.


Other Considerations

Although we’ve rounded up the main dos and don’t for achieving seamless colour-matched hair, here are some other don’ts to consider;-

  • Don’t use ring lights or any artificial light to enhance your photos as they can distort your hair’s shades.
  • Don’t take photos indoors as the light can appear much warmer and can also distort the appearance of your hair colour
  • Don’t edit your photos


Sending Your Images

For the best at-home colour match possible, take your photographs by following our guide, and then email them to us or message us on our social channels, where our experienced stylists can advise you on the correct colour match and the extensions most suitable for your hair.


We can't wait to colour match you. If you have any questions regarding getting the right photos, feel free to contact us

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