Thinking about moving over to the dark side, but unsure about the best brunette hair colour shades for your hair and skin tone? Look no further: we're here to explain the different shades of brown available, as well as how you can get creative with different colouring techniques, so you'll be sure to get the perfect look.
WHY BRUNETTE IS BEST!
Whether you're already brunette, but want to try a different shade, or you're transitioning from blond, the brown colour scale has a wealth of options, ensuring there's no excuse not to find the ideal brunette shade!
Rich, darker colours can add volume, thickness and shine to your hair, as well as giving warmth to the complexion and accentuating your eyes, while lighter and cooler shades of brown – such as beige blond – have been big hits on the red carpet and catwalks this season.
FIND YOUR SKIN TONE
The most important step to finding your dream brunette look is to ascertain your skin tone, which has nothing to do with its colour.
If your skin looks better against silver, and your veins are mostly a blue colour, it's likely you have a cool-toned complexion. If, however, gold brightens your face and your veins are more of a green shade, you most likely have warm tone to your skin. Of course, there's always a middle ground, and those lucky enough to have neutral-toned skin can wear almost any shade of brown.
Here are the most flattering brunette hair colour shades for each skin tone
MELTED CARAMEL FOR WARM SKIN TONES
It's all about complimenting your skin tone when it comes to finding your perfect brunette shade. The most complementary browns for warm undertones are those with red and/or orange undertones such as caramel, honey brown, russet and copper.
ICED COFFEE FOR COOL SKIN TONES
For naturally cool skin tones, certain shades really brighten the complexion. Cool coffee, dark auburn and chestnut brown, or a light ash brown shade if you don't want to go too dark, are all winners for a cool complexion.
If you're unsure about whether a brunette colour will suit you, ask your professional stylist, who may suggest you opt for the semi-permanent, natural-looking shades from the DIA hair colour collection - perfect for trying out a new brunette hair colour without the commitment!
GET CREATIVE WITH BROWN HAIR
Finding the best brunette hair colour shades isn't necessarily about one single all-over colour. These days there are a multitude of hair colouring techniques that enable professional hair stylists to create unique combinations of colour that flatter every face.
FRENCH HAIR GIRL
You know that effortless "I woke up like this" look typically associated with the naturally-stunning brunette Parisian woman? Well, now it's possible to channel your inner Frenchie with French Girl Hair colouring techniques!
Your colourist will apply a subtle blend of brunette shades with lowlights and highlights using on-trend expert techniques such as contouring, draping, micro-balayage or foils depending on your desired look.
SEASONAL TRANSITIONING: BRUNETTES
You want to update your look with the season, but aren't looking for a complete change of colour? Give your brown hair a seasonal boost with the most flattering hair colour techniques.
Bronzer is one of the professionals' most popular styles come autumn and winter, where subtle coppery sections are blended seamlessly into the hair. The face looks instantly more radiant, catching the light with every movement.
For the warmer months, brunettes can let their hair down and inject some summer fun into their locks using the French Browns hair colour collection by Majirel. Still ultra subtle, they can be used to add light brown babylights, create a refreshing cool ash shade, or as part of a summery balayage using different brunette hair colour shades.
Don't forget to take care of your brunette hair colour by using a tailored haircare routine. The Vitamino Color A-OX shampoo and conditioner protect hair and infuse shine, while the Colour Correcting Cream for brunettes neutralises artificial-looking red tones. Keep the brunette shade you love for longer!
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