Learn more about this versatile and multi-dimensional hair color to find the right brunette shade for you!
Brown hair is the most common hair color—but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! Brown hair is versatile, multi-dimensional, and flattering on just about everybody. And it comes in so many different shades, it’s easy to find one that complements your style perfectly.
Brown hair is also a very forgiving and easy-to-maintain hair color option—especially if you add some depth to your brunette locks with an ombre or balayage style. Here’s everything you need to know about the different shades of brown hair and how to choose the best shade for you.
The best shade of brown hair color for you depends on your natural undertones, eye color, and even what you wear.
If you have:
Take a peek at the veins in your wrist. Do they appear greenish? If so, you probably have warm undertones and warm hazel, green or brown eyes.
Cool shades like chestnut, ashy brown, and dark chocolate can help brighten up your complexion and bring out the warmth in your eyes. On the other hand, golden, and reddish shades like auburn, caramel, mahogany, cherry red, and honey bring out the sunniness in your complexion.
Stock your wardrobe with earth tones like olive green, deep red, coral and warm, creamy neutrals to soften your complexion and complement your natural undertones.
If you have light, cool eyes in shades of blue, green, grey, or brown with veins that appear blue or purple, your undertones are cool.
Warm shades of brown like amber, caramel, honey, or golden highlights can really pop on cool-toned ladies. On the other hand, neutral shades like chocolate brown and beige can help neutralize and redness in your complexion, balancing out your overall tone.
Bright jewel tones look fantastic on cool skin tones. Try bright blues, emerald greens, icy purples or neutral navy.
Can’t tell one way or another what your skin tone is? You most likely have neutral skin. Lucky for you, almost any shade will look fabulous on you. Rock a light natural brown color, or go dark with a cool espresso shade. You can also bring some extra warmth to your look by adding soft golden, caramel, or honey highlights.
In addition to rocking any shade of brunette (whether it be from a brown shade of a 4n, 5n hair color, or even as dark as 2n), you’ll look good in just about any color shirt or dress. Red, green, blue, white—you can wear them all! But stick to the more muted shades of each color. Over-saturated shades like magenta or electric blue can overwhelm your neutral skin tone.
Red, orange, and yellow undertones naturally combine to make up the different shades of brown hair. And if you dye hair a shade of brown, those naturally warm, sometimes brassy tones can sometimes show through your color. Brassiness gives hair a dull, matte look. So to keep your color looking shiny, healthy and vibrant, follow these tips.
Because blue is across from orange on the color wheel, blue pigments in blue shampoo and conditioner help cancel out brassy orange and red tones in shades of brown hair. Try adding blue shampoo and conditioner to your color maintenance routine to keep your brunette locks fresh and luminous.
When caring for your ideal brown shade, stock up on products formulated for brunettes. From brown shampoos to brown hair gloss, there are many products for brunettes that can easily refresh hair color. The right products can subtly brighten and deepen different tones in your brown hair as you wash for a shinier, more dimensional brunette.
The sun’s rays have a natural bleaching effect on colored hair, causing your color to fade and brassiness to show through. Where a wide-brimmed hat or experiment with a UV-protecting hairspray.
Blow-drying, curling, and flat-ironing dries out your hair, and dryness can lead to brassiness. Give your hair a break and opt to air dry your hair instead. When you do use hot tools, always use a heat-protecting spray.
Use a color-safe hair mask once a week to keep your brunette hair healthy, shiny, and deeply hydrated. To boost your hair’s shine, you can also use a hair glaze to give you more depth. Both of these products can help you prolong your color and keep it looking salon fresh.
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