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    Punch Up Brown Hair Color with These Ideas

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    How to Add Life and Vitality to Brown Hair Color

    Do you feel your brown hair color has become a bit drab and boring lately, and it needs a lift? Or, maybe you just need a change from the same old, same old?  Beautiful brunettes have a big range of hair colors to choose from that will perk up dulled locks. Whether you want to deepen, brighten or lighten your strands, (or maybe a little of both) here are a few ideas of what you can do to add radiance to your brown tresses.


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    Skin Tone

    Before choosing a hair color, you’ll first need to determine your skin tone in order to know which shades of brown will be the most flattering on you. It’s always best to choose a color that will enhance your natural beauty. A simple rule of thumb  for choosing the right shade is;  if your skin has cool underlying tones, pick a hair color that is also cool in tone, and the same is true for warm tones. An easy way to test this is to hold up something silver and gold next to your skin, in the daylight, and observe which color is more complimentary on you. If you find it hard to be objective, invite a friend to help out. If you opt for gold, you have warm tones in your skin, if you opt for silver, its cool tones for you.

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    Hair Color

    Choosing a hair color off the shelf is difficult. The general rule is to stay within to 2 to 3 shades lighter than your natural color. Consider chestnut brown, or deep chocolate brown, for those of you with cool tones, and caramel or golden browns for a lighter, warmer look. After you have chosen a color, you’ll need to decide your length of commitment to the color. If you want a color that will wash out fairly quickly with the least amount of damage to your hair, your best option is semi-permanent hair color. These hair dyes last roughly 6 to 12 shampoos ( or more depending on your hair)  and they won’t lighten your hair color. You can only go darker with semi-permanent colors.

    If you want something that will last a bit longer try a demi-permanent hair dye. These colors normally last from 12 to 24 shampoos, and provide a noticeable change to your hair color. They can cover gray hair, or just tint the gray’s, depending on the hair type. Demi-permanent colors are a great choice for adding shine and depth to color that has faded. They are not as damaging to the hair as permanent dyes.

    Permanent dye does what it says, it permanently changes the color of your hair.  It contains ammonia and peroxide which gives it the superpower to lighten your hair color and deposit a new color over it.  Keep in mind, if you make a big color change with permanent hair color, you’ll need touch-ups approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.

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    Want a Pop of  Hair Color that’s Temporary?

    You can inject bright colors into your hair by using a temporary product called Hair Shadows, by Colorsmash. These powers packs are a way to add zing to your hair color without the commitment. Simply rub the color onto the sections of hair you want brightened, seal it with a spritz of hairspray or a hot iron and you’re good to go.  Just wash it out when you want!

    These colors appear a bit darker on brown hair, but they still look fantastic. Colors that look amazing in brown hair are blues, purples, greens, some reds and pinks, but feel free to experiment with them all – these are washout products so you can’t lose. This semi-permanent solution is another option for the dye-hard fan of bright colors. Semi-permanent colors can be applied to prelightened or bleached hair for maximum effect. Again reds, blues and purples will look best in brown hair color. These products can readily be found on the Internet at affordable prices, and will often wash out within 12 washes depending on the porosity of your hair.

    Whether you want to change your look with a full head of color; highlights; lowlights; or just to be more adventurous; brown hair color is extremely versatile. It will brighten your look when you have found the shades that suit you best. Remember to use products for color treated hair to help your color stay vibrant and last longer!

    Contributing author Anisha Bhogaita is head of Editorial Creatives for a hair dye provider in the UK, Hunt or Dye, who specialise in providing bright hair colours and bleaching kits from brands such as La Riche and Crazy Colour . She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise.

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