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Coloring Hair Brown: Ideas For New Brunettes

So, you’ve decided to learn how to dye hair brown and become a brunette? Welcome to a sophisticated and gorgeous new shade! Your brown hair color should have just the right depth, the perfect hint of red and ideally match your eyes and complexion. Rest assured, there’s the right brunette color for you out there. Perfectly groomed and luscious brown hair exemplifies elegance, style awareness and maturity.


Coloring hair brown is now easier than ever before! It’s possible to change a lighter shade to a darker one using permanent color or an intensive tinting treatment. Finding the perfect tone may be a little tricky at first, however. A green tinge can sometimes appear when using brown hair dye and this can certainly spoil your fun. Yet, new multi-faceted hair colors and restraint in your color choice are the solutions to these woes.


Dyeing hair brown: What to know

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  1. Warm color shades suit your hair particularly well if you have an olive or dark complexion with a hint of yellow or gold. Such color hues are caramel, bronze, chestnut brown, and light brown. In case your complexion is cool with a hint of blue or pink, then you should select dark brown hair colors without red or gold hues.
  2. Consistent and proper care for your hair is the best foundation for coloring hair brown. The result after dyeing your hair will be more dazzling and longer-lasting if you start out with healthy locks.
  3. Tinting yields a more intense color effect the longer you expose your hair to the coloring lotion. For a more intense color, you may decide to leave the color in your hair for a few more minutes or even as long as half an hour.
  4. You will have more fun with your new color and retain the color pigments in your hair for a longer time if you turn to special hair care for color-treated hair, such as Gliss® Color Guard® shampoo and aftercare options like Gliss® Color Guard® Express Repair® conditioner.
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How to color hair brown: Tips for new brunettes

Tip 1: Rinseable tinting solutions are ideal for trying out the perfect brown hair color, provided your hair is neither color-treated nor bleached. It is best to approach the darker hair color in measured steps when learning how to color hair brown.


Tip 2: The more damaged your hair is, the more careful you should be with the choice of test colors when dyeing hair brown. More pigments in a tinting application may attach easier to your hair if it is stressed or broken. We recommend to only go a single shade darker at first.


Tip 3: Be especially cautious when coloring already bleached hair. Bleaching alters the hair structure and as a result, and the applied hair color may not turn out as advertised! Red hues may be a lot more intense than intended or too many absorbed color pigments may darken the hair considerably.


Tip 4: Do you have light hair and want to change the color to brown but don’t like visible roots? Dark streaks (lowlights) could be your solution.


Tip 5: If you suffer from skin blemishes, erythrosis or similar skin conditions, you will probably fare better with blonde intensive tinting or permanent color applications. This does not mean that the coloring process must be tedious and complicated or damaging to your hair. Recently developed color treatments for coloring hair brown are very gentle, deliver perfect results and require no more than 10 minutes leave-in time.


Tip 6: After using permanent color to change your bleached hair to brown, you may be surprised with a green tinge in your hair. This happens when the color is not designed for use in de-pigmented hair, i.e. for hair without red pigments. Use a reddish-brown tinting or an intensive tinting application to get rid of the green tinge.


Tip 7: Re-pigmenting products may be the solution of choice for coloring gray streaks, which may have snuck into formerly brown hair. In a re-pigmenting application, precursor dye pigments rather than artificial pigments are attached to the hair. These precursor dye pigments fill up the pigment gaps in graying hair, thus re-establishing the natural hair color.


Tip 8: Usually, intensive tinting applications can cover up to 50 percent of gray hair. You need to take into consideration that more color pigments may attach to white hair than to naturally pigmented hair. If your heart is set on a medium color like ash brown hair, you should first test dark blonde colors. Since the color pigments from the intensive tinting application slowly wash out, you will get plenty of chances to get your desired darker hues.


Tip 9: Before you begin dyeing your hair brown at home, you should apply petroleum jelly to the skin near the hairline, to your forehead, and to your temples. The petroleum jelly prevents you from accidentally staining your skin.


Tip 10: There is no need to fear blotchy coloring results. Apply an intensive hair treatment the day before coloring, especially if your hair is long and has developed split ends or the hair on top of your head is coarse. Be sure not to wash or condition your hair on the day you end up coloring your hair brown, as dye works better on hair that’s a few days ‘old’.