The 3 Best Hair Color Apps For 2019

Test Drive a New Look Before You Commit

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Dying your hair is a way of life for many, but deciding to change your hair color can also be intimidating. Are you ready to try something new, but you're wondering how it might look? An app can help you make a decision.

The App Store and Google Play are full of options to play with hair and makeup, but the majority of them are buggy and filled with advertisements, offering limited functionality. Here are the three best hair color apps, top-rated and straight from the pros, to help you visualize your future look.

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Hair Color Dye - Switch Hairstyles

Screenshots of the Hair Color Dye app on iOS

What We Like

  • Full creative placement of each color individually.

  • Select the hair area to edit, the style doesn't have to be basic.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to accurately select the hair area.

  • Must watch an advertisement to save photos.

Want to try something really unique? Hair Color Dye - Switch Styles helps you decide exactly what you want. The color styles are varied and vibrant, with the option to select a color and apply it to the hair by hand as well. Want red, but only on the tips? No problem. Want a stripe of neon blue in your bangs? You can do that with this app.

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YouCam Makeup: Magic Selfie Cam

Screenshot of YouCam Makeup app

What We Like

  • Applies color automatically using AR technology.

  • References hair dyes you can take to your stylist.

  • Try different makeup looks.

  • Fun selfie filters for social media.

What We Don't Like

  • Only applies a uniform all-over color to your hair.

  • Free version has a watermark on some saved photos.

  • Free version includes some ads.

Coming from hair guru Redken and developer Perfect Corp., YouCam Makeup is a solid app to try on a new hair color. It uses augmented reality to take your live image and overlay different hair colors on top. You'll want to have your hair styled down and use the app against a solid background for the clearest shot of the color overlay.

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Style My Hair

Screenshot of the Style My Hair app

L'oreal 

What We Like

  • Tons of color palettes to choose from.

  • Before and after shots showing current hair and future color.

  • Varied color applications show how the color looks.

  • Free and doesn't include ads.

What We Don't Like

  • Sometimes there's a slight delay in the video, but if you keep the app updated it should run smoothly.

Style My Hair from L'Oreal Professionnel Paris is a flexible, accurate hair color change app. Using augmented reality, it takes the YouCam Makeup app's technology and adds features that give you much more control over your style.

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