For the longest time, brown, especially brown without reddish hues, was considered the camouflage variant among the hair colours. The new hair trends make an end of this perception.
The scale of the now hot natural colours goes from ebony to deep chocolate brown and to the medium hues like brown, which is almost dark blond with a shimmer of reddish colour or tiny light streaks. Last summer in 2010, a washed-out, sun-bleached variation of brown was popular. This mixture of blond and brunette was dubbed ‘bronde’ or ‘blonette’. Jennifer Aniston was the inspiration for this trend.
- Hair trends for the spring of 2011 do well without a lot of contrast. Brunette and blonde hair alike is most cherished in harmonious almost uniform colours in shimmering hues, which appear to change with the light.
Caring for Brown Hair
Blonde and red hair gets everybody’s attention on first sight – for a second. Second looks linger. The attention lasts longer. This is a good reason to present brown hair at its shiniest best
Brown hair tends to reveal its special appeal to us on second look. Our appreciation grows over time as we look closer. Of all hair colours, brown hues are the richest in pigmentation. When taken care of properly brown hair, maybe even artfully coloured is a feast for the eyes just like a five course meal is a feast for our senses. Neither is in easy reach without effort, dedication and the right ingredients.
- UV protection is important for brunettes, almost as important as for blondes. While the natural brown pigments are indeed able to convert UV rays into heat, in the long run the sun will still cause brunettes to appear pale. Brown hair must be protected from the sun’s rays especially when the hair has been colour-treated. UV rays fade artificial pigments faster than the natural ones. Long-time UV exposure also weakens and destabilises the hair. My suggestion would be to apply a leave in conditoner into your hair before entering the sun for long periods of time.
- After changing your hair to a brown colour you should use hair care products for colour treated hair. These products help keep the hair from fading and add more nourishment to the hair. As well as using the special shampoos and conditioners to give brown hair a healthy shine, you can also use leave-in treatments such as leave in conditoner argon oil, heat protectant spray, all of these are added to the hair when lightly damp.
- Chlorinated water may cause a visible green tinge in lighter brown coloured hair. If this happens you can use a mixture thata consists of an acidic rinse either with diluted lemon juice or with in water dissolved Aspirin tablets
- Natural oils, such as the oils from olives, argan nuts help to build up the substance of every individual hair. The use of these oils is the ideal way for brunettes to condition their hair and give it lasting natural shine. You will see the best results if you use a repair treatment with such natural shine boosters regularly
Finding the Right Tone
So, you have decided to become a brunette? Your brown hair colour should have just the right depth, the perfect hint of red and it should blend well with your complexion and eyes.
Those with a yellow or golden skin undertone have a warm skin tone. Hair Colors that have a warm overtone will usually look more natural on you. This Color rule also goes for clothing, makeup, and accessories.
Those with pink or blue skin undertones are in the cool category. So the hair color with the cool overtone will usually look best on you.
The quickest way to work out if you’re warm or cool is to take a look at the veins in your arms while in natural light. If the color looks green then you are warm. If it’s blue then you are cool.
Tustin Hair Salon Brunette Tips
Rinsable tinting solutions are ideal for trying on the ideal brown hair colour, providing your hair is neither colour-treated nor bleached.
If your hair is damaged the pigments in a tinting application may attach easier to your hair if it is stressed or damaged. Initially, it will be safest to darken the hair by only a single shade
Be especially cautious when colouring already bleached hair. Bleaching alters the hair structure and as a result, the applied hair colour may not turn out perfect or even turn to the extraordinary. Red hues may be a lot more intense than intended or too many absorbed colour pigments may darken the hair too much
Do you have light hair and want to change the colour to brown but dread visible roots? Dark streaks (‘lowlights’) could be your solution. If you fight skin blemishes, facial erythrosis or similar conditions you will be better served with intensive tinting applications or permanent colour treatments in blond colours.
After using permanent colour to change your bleached hair to brown you may be surprised by a green tinge in your hair. This is based on the fact that the new colour was not designed for use in de-pigmented hair, i. e. for hair without red pigments.
Apply an intensive hair treatment the day before colouring especially if your hair is long and has developed rough ends and rougher hair on top of your head. The day after the hair cure, your hair will be smooth and take up colour evenly