Sometimes, brown hair can get a bad rap. But the truth is, with the right brunette shade—especially one that’s perfectly matched to your skin tone—brown hair is anything but boring. So, whether you’re ditching your blonde, black, or red hair in favor of brown hair dye or you simply want to enhance your natural hair color, the possibilities are almost endless. After deciding that a brown hair color is for you, it’s time to find your most flattering shade. Keep reading to learn how to figure out your undertones so that you can pick the prettiest shade of brown hair for you.
YOUR UNDERTONES BEFORE CHOOSING A BROWN HAIR COLOR
First things first, let’s figure out what undertones your skin has. Unsure of how to identify your skin’s undertones? Instead of looking super-closely at your skin in hopes of having a better idea of what your undertones are, try one of these super-quick tricks.
Look at your eyes. Look in a mirror. What do you see? If you have blue or green eyes, you most likely have cool undertones, whereas if there are little golden specks in your eyes, there’s a good chance you have warm undertones.
OK, but why does this really matter? Well, the key to finding your perfect pretty hair color is to pick shades with undertones that are the opposite of your skin’s undertones. At this point, maybe that color wheel from elementary school is popping into your head. Yep, it’s the same concept! So, when it comes to picking a shade from all the brown hair colors out there, just remember you want to choose cooler shades for warmer skin and warmer shades for cooler skin. Makes sense, right?
THE BEST SHADE OF BROWN HAIR FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
Unless you majored in color theory, it’s understandable that you might still be scratching your head wondering which brown color is really best for you. That’s why we’re here!
If you have warm undertones…cool brown shades like chestnut, dark chocolate, mushroom brown, and dark auburn will look fabulous with your skin. By pairing these complementary hues together, you can help brighten up the look of your complexion. What’s more, a cooler hair color can help make yellow undertones look a bit creamier for an overall softer effect. Gorgeous!
If you have cool undertones…warm shades can work magic for your complexion. Think: amber, caramel with blonde highlights, golden brown, honey, or warm red. When you rock warm colors, this can help make your hair color really pop. Talk about alluring!
WAYS TO GET BROWN HAIR WITHOUT GOING ALL IN
Love the idea of brown hair but aren’t quite ready to commit to a full brunette mane? No problem! Here are a few hair color trends that will let you gradually transition into the brown hue of your dreams.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW BROWN HAIR
Remember, once you’ve achieved your perfect hair color, you’ll want to switch up your hair care to color-treated hair. Use a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask that are formulated to be safe for colored hair, Use the shampoo and conditioner daily, switching out the conditioner for the hair mask a few times a week.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR NEW BROWN HAIR
Of course, a new hair color calls for new hairstyles to show off your look. Whether you’re headed to the gym or going out for a night on the town, we have a hairstyle worthy of your brunette locks.