Shades of brown haircolor chart: choose your perfect brunette tone

Whether you're already brunette, but want to try a different shade, or you're transitioning from blond, the shades of brown haircolor chart has a wealth of options, ensuring there's no excuse not to find the ideal brunette shade!

Shades of brown hair: color chart guidance

Thinking about moving over to the dark side, but unsure about the best brunette haircolor shades for your hair and skin tone? Look no further: we're here to explain the different shades of brunette available on the shades of brown haircolor chart, as well as how you can get creative with different coloring techniques.

Why is there a chart for brown haircolor shades?

When it comes to brown haircolor shades, there are far more than you might think, which is why a shades of brown haircolor chart can be a useful way of comparing colors, especially if you are hesitating over several different brown haircolors.

Shades of brunette: how to choose from different brown haircolors

Firstly, what does brunette mean? In fact, it’s just the French word for “brown” but the word “brunette” sounds more appealing, so we use it instead when it comes to haircolor shades!

Looking for a warm brown haircolor or dark brunette hair shade? Rich, darker colors can add volume, thickness and shine to your hair, as well as giving warmth to the complexion and accentuating your eyes. Light brown hair shades are also highly popular: cooler shades of brown – such as beige blond – have been big hits on the red carpet and catwalks this season.

Haircolor shades and skin tone: find your best match

The most important step to finding your dream brown haircolor is to ascertain your skin tone, which has nothing to do with its color.

If your skin looks better against silver, and your veins are mostly a blue color, 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 a variety of different brown haircolors.

The color chart of brown shades for your hair

Here are some examples from the shades of brown haircolor chart, which ranges from light brown hair shades to dark brunette haircolors:

Melted caramel for warm skin tones
It's all about complimenting your skin tone when it comes to finding your perfect warm brown haircolor 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 brunette hair tones, dark auburn and chestnut brown, or a light ash brown shade if you don't aren’t sure about shades of dark brown hair, are all winners for a cool complexion.

If you're unsure about which of the different brown haircolors will suit you, or if the numbers on the shades of brown haircolor chart are confusing, ask your professional stylist, who may suggest you opt for the semi-permanent, natural-looking shades from the DIA haircolor collection - perfect for trying out new shades of brunette without the commitment!

How the shades of brown chart can help you update your look

You want to update your look with the season, but aren't looking for a complete change of color? Give your brown hair a seasonal boost with the most flattering haircolor 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 haircolor 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 haircolor shades.

Don't forget to take care of your brunette haircolor by using a tailored haircare routine. The Vitamino Color A-OX shampoo and conditioner protect hair and infuse shine, while the Color Correcting Cream for brunettes neutralizes artificial-looking red tones. Keep the brunette shade you love for longer!

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