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Sometimes, brown hair can get a bad rap. But the truth is, with the right color matched to your skin tone, brown hair is anything but boring. So, whether you’re ditching your blonde hair, black hair, or red hair in favor of brown hair or you simply want to enhance your natural brown hair color, the possibilities are almost endless. After deciding that you want brown hair, it’s time to find the most flattering shade for you. Keep reading to learn how to figure out your undertones so that you can pick the prettiest shade of brown hair for you. Then get brown hair ideas for every undertone along with at-home hair color options so you can get the look at home.
First things first, it’s a good idea to understand your undertones so that you can choose the best shade of brown hair for you. Unsure of how to identify your skin’s undertones? We’ve got you covered! Instead of looking super-closely at your skin in hopes of having a better idea of your undertones before you dye your hair brown, try one of these super-quick tricks instead.
Flip your wrist. If you see greenish veins, you have warm undertones, whereas blue veins point towards cool undertones.
Look at your eyes. Look in a mirror. What do you see? If you have blue or green eyes, you most likely have cool undertones, whereas if there are little golden specks in your eyes, there’s a good chance you have warm undertones.
OK, but why does this really matter? Well, the key to finding your perfect complementary brown hair color is to pick shades that are the opposite from your skin’s undertones. At this point, maybe that color wheel from elementary school is popping into your head. Yep, it’s the same concept! So, when it comes to picking a shade from all the brown hair colors out there, just remember you want to choose cooler shades for warmer skin and warmer shades for cooler skin. Makes sense, right?
Unless you majored in color theory, it makes sense that you might still be scratching your head wondering which shade of brown hair is really best for you. That’s why we’re here!
If you have warm undertones…cool brown hair shades like chestnut, mocha, dark chocolate, and dark auburn will look fabulous with your skin. By pairing these complementary hues together, you can help brighten up the look of your complexion. What’s more, a cooler hair color can help make yellow undertones look a bit creamier for an overall softer effect. Gorgeous!
If you have cool undertones…warm shades can work magic for your complexion. Think: amber, caramel, golden brown, honey, or warm red. When you rock warm colors, this can help make your hair color really pop. Talk about alluring!
How to get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Cool Medium Brown or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Chestnut Brown
How to get the look at home: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Light Golden Brown or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Reddish Brown
If you have neutral undertones…that means you can rock any shade of brown hair, but we recommend not going too warm or too cool. Know what that means? You have the perfect undertone to rock nude hair—one of the top hair color trends of the moment. Lucky you!
How to get the look: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Hi-Lift Browns Downtown Brown or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Brown
If these brown hair colors don’t fit your fancy, just remember one simple tip: You don’t want your hair to fight with your skin—so as long as you pick opposite tones, you’ll be good to go!
Remember, once you’ve achieved your perfect shade of brown hair, you’ll want to switch up your hair care routine and tailor it to colored hair. Use a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm.
Next up: The Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone.