Shades of Brown Hair

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Because there are so many shades of brown hair, brunettes encompass a whole range of different hair colors from black (on the darker end of the spectrum) to “bronde” (on the lighter end). In the hair business, the lightness or darkness of a person’s hair is graded on a scale from 1 (jet black) to 10 (platinum blonde). Brunettes typically fall between 2 and 5, and whether they decide to go lighter or darker depends on several different factors, including how the shade of their hair will contrast with the color of their skin.

Shades of Brown Hair
Shades of Brown Hair

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Shades of Brown Hair

For those with lighter skin tones, experts recommend keeping their hair a medium shade of brown—darker colors create a striking impression against fair skin, but not always favorably. Brunettes with light skin who are considering dyeing their hair should try to keep their shades of brown hair within one or two shades of their natural hair color. For example, Emma Watson (Noah, the Perks of Being a Wallflower) sports beachy brown hair that’s precisely two shades lighter than her natural color. Those with medium (yellow or sallow) skin tones have more flexibility and can choose to make their hair lighter or darker while for those with dark skin, darker shades of brown hair look the most natural. A great example of the latter is actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan), who accentuates her darker-hued golden-brown hair with subtle honey and caramel highlights.

But equally as important as selecting the right shades of brown hair knows how to manage and care for it. Because prolonged exposure to UV rays will give hair a pale and washed-out appearance, brunettes should be careful not to spend huge amounts of time in the sunlight. If using the sun to brighten your hair, UV sun protectants are indispensable.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE