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Colouring Your Hair Brown and Finding the Right Tone

So, you have decided to become a brunette? Welcome to the business class hair colour. Your brown hair colour should have just the right depth, the perfect hint of red and it should harmoniously play to your complexion and eyes. All these expectations are also reasons to colour your hair cautiously

  • Färben braunes Haar
    Beautiful rich brown hair - How great it is!
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    You are convinced that Charlotte is the only rational person in ‘Sex and the City’, you find your own medium blonde hair somewhat boring, and you want to spend your summer vacation dreaming under palm trees rather than balancing on a surf board? If your answer is ‘yes’ then you are ready to be a brunette.  Congratulations, you made a great choice! Brown hair, and especially perfectly groomed luscious brown hair, typify adult elegance, style awareness and maturity.

    It is child’s play to change from a lighter hair colour to brown hair using permanent hair colour or an intensive tinting treatment. Finding the perfect tone may however turn into a hairy proposition. Dark brown coloured, naturally medium blonde hair may look somewhat artificial. A green tinge will certainly spoil your fun with the new brown hair colour. New multi-facetted hair colours and restraint in your colour choice are the solutions to these woes.

  • Colouring Hair Brown: Hints for New Brunettes

    • Tip 1

      Rinsable tinting solutions are ideal for trying on the ideal brown hair colour, providing your hair is neither colour-treated nor bleached. It is best to approach the darker hair colour in measured steps

    • Tip 2

      The straineder your hair is, the more careful should you be with the choice of test colours. More pigments in a tinting application may attach easier to your hair if it is stressed or damaged. Initially, it will be safest to darken the hair by only a single shade

    • Tip 3

      Be especially cautious when colouring already bleached hair. Bleaching alters the hair structure and as a result, the applied hair colour may not turn out as advertised or even turn to the extraordinary. Red hues may be a lot more intense than intended or too many absorbed colour pigments may darken the hair too much

    • Tip 4

      Do you have light hair and want to change the colour to brown but dread 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 colour applications. This does not mean that the colouring process must be tedious and complicated or damage your hair. Recently developed colour treatments are very gentle, deliver perfect results and require no more than 10 minutes leave-in time

    • Tip 6

      After using permanent colour to change your bleached hair to brown you may be surprised by a green tinge in your hair. This is based on the fact that the new colour was 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 colouring grey streaks, which have sneaked into formerly brown hair. In a re-pigmenting application, precursor pigments rather than artificial pigments are attached to the hair. These precursor pigments fill up the pigment gaps in greying hair, thus re-establishing the natural hair colour

    • Tip 8

      Usually, intensive tinting applications can cover up to 50 per cent grey hair. You need to take into consideration that more colour pigments may attach to white hair than to naturally pigmented hair. If your heart is set on a medium brown hair colour you should first test dark blonde colours. Since the colour pigments from the intensive tinting application slowly wash out, you will get plenty of chances to sneak up on your desired darker hues

    • Tip 9

      Before you colour your hair at home, you should apply a nourishing crème to the skin near the hairline, to your forehead and to your temples. The crème prevents you from accidentally creating dark skin blotches

    • Tip 10

      There is no need to fear mottled colouring results. The smoother the hair surface, the smoother will be your colouring result. Apply an intensive hair treatment the day before colouring especially if your hair is long and has developed rough ends and rougher hair on top of your head. The day after the hair cure, your hair will be smooth and take up colour evenly