How to Find the Right Shade of Brown Hair Color

A person with natural brown hair may wish to either darken or lighten the shade of her hair. There are several factors you will need to consider when choosing the right shade of brown hair color for you. Brown hair can be very bold and almost near black, and it can also be very close to blond. By knowing what to look for, you can select the right shade of brown hair color in order to make a temporary or permanent change.


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      Use pictures of celebrities with brown hair color as a guide. Find pictures that show individuals with several different shades of brown hair. Then, consider what you do like and don't like about the different shades. It's important to think about these things when looking at hair color on someone else.

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      Cut a 1-inch section of hair from the ends of your hair falling from the nape of your neck. Do not do this in any noticeable area of your head. Being able to look at and observe your current hair color will allow you to choose the right shade of brown hair color.

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      Look at the swatch of your natural hair color and determine if it is currently warm or ashy. The tone of your current hair color will help to choose the right shade of brown hair color. If your current hair color has warm tones and the look that you would like to achieve is golden brown, you will not need to dye your hair with a warm color. It will make more sense in that case to use a neutral brown color so that it complements your current warm tones.

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      Remove all make-up from your face so that you can see your natural skin tone. If you have an olive complexion, for example, you will need to choose an ashy brown hair color to complement your skin tone. Your skin tone is a very important factor in the final hair color that you choose. It is best to choose a color that complements your skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Those looking to make a major change in color shade (two shades darker or lighter than the natural hair color) should have their hair dyed by a professional stylist in order to ensure that the hair color is changed properly.
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