Two of the most popular haircolor trends are blond and its darker version brown (or brunette) hair. Which one should you try? We explain how to know if a haircolor will suit your skin tone, and how to get the best haircolor result that you will love!
Blond vs. brunette haircolor: What's the perfect shade for you?
To know if a hair shade will look good on you or not, it’s all about the undertones to your skin, not the color. Some of us have warm undertones to our skin, some have cool tones. And some of us lie in the middle. So, will you be turning brunette or becoming blond?
Are you ready to choose between blond and brunette haircolor?
What’s the difference between blond vs. brunette haircolor? We don’t mean which color you prefer, but the real, scientific difference between the two. The answer: darker hair (brown and black) contains more of the pigment melanin. Because it contains less melanin, natural blondes have finer hair than natural brunettes, but often have more of it per cm² on the scalp.
This explains why going blond to brown hair is relatively easy while going from brunette to blond is harder for very dark haircolors, as the melanin needs to be removed as much as possible before the new color is applied over the top.
How to know which blond or brunette haircolor suits you best
Here’s how to know what undertones you have and what haircolor (blond vs. brunette) will suit you.
You’re warm-toned if: you suit gold more than silver, your veins appear green, and you look good in orange, yellow and olive green.
Warm tones suit: honey brown, golden blond, chestnut and deep auburn (anything with a little warmth to it.)
You’re cool-toned if: you’re more of a silver person, your veins have a bluish tinge to them, and you really suit blue, violet and other cooler tones.
Cool tones suit: ash blond, ash brown, strawberry blond and platinum hair (avoid shades with yellow and orange tones).
If you recognize yourself in both the warm and cool categories, this probably means that you have a neutral, or combination, tones to your skin. And that’s good news: you can rock any blond and brunette haircolor, perhaps even reds, blacks and bright colors!
Both blond and brunette: the ombre
Still uncertain about whether you want blond or brunette hair? There are a lot of factors to consider when going blond or brunette. So why not opt for a two-in-one look? An ombre is a way of transitioning from a darker shade to a lighter one (creating a brown to blond hair effect), meaning you can be both a blonde and a brunette!
Get the best of both with a balayage
If you’re a fan of both blond and brunette haircolors, another alternative is to ask your colorist about using a balayage technique on your hair. This involves expertly applying lighter and darker shades at strategic places along the hair: lighter blond shades where the sun would naturally hit, and darker ones to give body and depth to the hair.
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