They say blondes have more fun, but that can’t be when brunettes have so many flirty and attractive hair color options. The term “brunette” refers to many different shades of brown hair, and if you’re dyeing your hair brown, you should explore which shades of brunette are best for you.
Know Your Skin Tone
Different shades of brown hair compliment different skin tones. Your skin tone is either warm, cool, or neutral. Before you can decide on a shade of brunette, you need to identify your skin tone.
- Warm skin generally has yellow or gold undertones, while cool skin is more pink or olive.
- The easiest way to identify skin tone is with the wrist test. Look at the visible veins in the inside of your wrists. If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins are green, you have a warm skin tone.
- Your skin tone will bring out different pigment colors in your eyes. Warm skin tones make eyes appear more golden, hazel, or brown. Cool skin makes eyes appear blue or green.
- Some people have neutral skin, meaning their skin has elements of both warm and cool skin. If the tests above don’t give a definitive result, you most likely have neutral skin.
Once you know your skin tone, you can make a better choice of the best complimentary shade of brown hair for you!
Picking the Right Shade of Brown Hair
When it comes to brown hair, the options are plentiful. With so many shades to choose from, the chances are good you’ll find something that flatters your specific skin tone.
- Contrast is key when it comes to skin tone and hair color. If you have a cool skin tone, opt for a warm shade of brown. If you have warm skin, a cool shade of brown will look more flattering.
- Shades like dark chocolate, chestnut, ash brown, and mocha are all cool and pair well with warm skin.
- Warm shades include light brown hair colors like caramel, honey, and amber, or dark shades like mahogany, which means they pair very well with cool skin tones.
- People with a neutral skin tone can rock either warm or cool shades of brown.
You may want to emulate your favorite celebrity or style icon, but this won’t always be the best look if they don’t share your skin tone. It’s best to focus on what’s right for you, rather than what works for someone else.
Picking the Color of Your Highlights
Is coloring your whole head of hair too much of a change?
Well, if you already have brown hair and want to change up your look without losing your natural color, brown highlights are a flattering and natural-looking way to brighten dark or light brown hair.
- When choosing a highlight color, consider not only your skin tone but also your overall hair color. Speak with your stylist if you’re unsure what color pairs best with your brown hair.
- If you have dark skin and dark brown hair, you should look for deep cognac or milk chocolate highlights to brighten your hair.
- If you have lighter skin with either light brown hair or dark brown hair, butterscotch, caramel, or coffee make great options for highlights.
- Honey is a good highlight color if you have light skin and dark brown hair, and it looks fabulous with light brown hair, too.
It can be difficult to apply highlights to yourself, so if you want to go this route, see a professional hair stylist.
General Dyeing Tips
Once you’ve got the right shade of brown hair for your skin tone, it’s time to take the leap! Here are a few tips to ensure that your hair dye is successful, healthy, and attractive.
- Generally, dyed brunette hair will look most natural if you stay within 1-2 shades of your natural color. A dramatic shift from dark to light brown hair, or vice versa, is more likely to look flat or unnatural.
- While bleaching your hair to make it lighter can often damage it, dark-colored hair dyes aren’t as likely to damage your hair.1 These dyes can also be applied more frequently for touch-ups without weakening or damaging your hair.
- Brunette hair naturally has highlights and lowlights throughout. If you’re going for a rich, natural look, try to pick two or three complementary shades, or let your stylist pick them for you.
Finding the right hair color can take a bit of time. But doing the work to get your shade right up front will pay off when you have the luminous brunette shade of your dreams!
Enjoy Your New Brunette ‘Do
Your skin’s tone and shade can help determine which brown shades work best for you. And while you might not be able to exactly reproduce your favorite celebrity’s look, you can find the right hair color for you.
Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Once you find that perfect color, get out and rock the shade of brown hair that makes your complexion glow and your eyes pop!
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