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2 Steps to Avoid Your Own Kim Kardashian Blonde Horror Story

03/06/2015 03:52 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2015

I was shocked to see that Kim Kardashian has gone back to blonde, platinum blonde this time around for that matter! Click here to link to Kim's before and after look on People Magazine Online.

Kim's latest hair color choice is a great example of what happens when you choose a hair color that is not aligned with your coloring: you will more often than not look dull, worn, unprofessional, outdated, odd, unbalanced and even older.

Here are 2 steps to avoid creating your own "Kim Kardashian Blonde Horror Story":

1. Choose hair colors that align with your skin undertone: Hair colors are grouped by undertone in hair color swatch books that you find at hair salons -- choose a hair color that matches your skin undertone. If you are unable to do a formal undertone analysis with a trained color analysis professional, ask your hair colorist if he/she can determine by looking at you if you have a cool, warm or a neutral undertone.

2. Choose hair colors that align with your seasonal color palette: The best way to do this is by working with a professional trained in color analysis and/or a hair colorist who has significant training or experience identifying what your most optimal hair colors are.

By knowing whether your best colors are in the Winter, Summer, Spring or Autumn palettes and what flow of these palettes you are in, you will be in a much better position to make color choices with regards to hair, makeup, clothing and accessories that give off the best you.

The optimal hair colors between color seasons vary significantly. For example if you are a True Winter, you should avoid warm red in your hair, whereas if you are a True Autumn, warm red is recommended. My guess is Kim Kardashian is in the Deep color palette - blonde is not recommended for this palette, instead deep brown hair colors are recommended.

Before you make a new hair color choice, know your skin undertone and seasonal color palette. By making color choices that give off your best, you are allowing the world to see the authentic vibrant you and rather than looking worn or older, you will instead look more elegant, refined, and vibrant.

I hope this article inspires you to wear your authenticity!

Carol Brailey is an Image Consultant who specializes in color analysis. More of her color blogs can be found at carolbrailey.com and virtualcoloranalysis.com.