Hair colouring or hair dyeing is the process of colouring your hair. Hair colouring might look like a new trend or might have come to light now but Hair colouring existed since ancient times. People colour their hair for various reasons, some to hide their grey hair some people who are looking for a change or more excitement, celebrities, etc. in this article- Shades Of Brown Hair Color: 7 best shades and how to pick; we will be learning more about hair colouring and in particular about brown hair colour.
History of Hair Colouring
Well, according to google- Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian, described in detail how Celtic people dyed their hair blonde: “Their aspect is terrifying… They are very tall in stature, with rippling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads.
The dyeing of hair is an ancient art that involves the treatment of the hair with various chemical compounds. In ancient times, the dyes were obtained from plants. Some of the most well known are henna (Lawsonia inermis), indigo, Cassia obovata, senna, turmeric and amla. Others include katam (Buxus dioica), black walnut hulls, red ochre, and leeks. In the 1661 book Eighteen Books of the Secrets of Art & Nature, various methods of colouring hair black, gold, green, red, yellow, and white are explained. The development of synthetic dyes for hair is traced to the 1860s discovery of the reactivity of para-phenylenediamine (PPD) with air. Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal, is recognized for creating the first synthetic hair dye in 1907. In 1947 the German cosmetics firm Schwarzkopf launched the first home colour product, “Poly Color”. Hair dyeing is now a multibillion-dollar industry that involves the use of both plant-derived and synthetic dyes.
Now, to explain it all in my words, we all have seen our parents or grandparents and many others using hennas ins their hair. Using henna is also one of the ways of dying your hair, or rather to be precise a more traditional way of colouring your hair.
There are two types of colour- Temporary colour, Alternative colour
Why and how choose the brown shade?
Personally, I don’t think any shade is bad. It is not about a bad shade but a shade that suits you. Whether you want to try something new out of your monotonous life or you ant those good old days back without any grey hair. Before going for a hair dye decide what shade of brown you want. Yes… it is just no brown colour but shades of brown colour.
First, identify your skin tone. One of the easiest and reliable ways I found on Instagram about how to determine your skin tone is looking at your wrist.
- Turn your wrist and look if you have green veins. if you have green veins. If you have green veins you are a warm tone.
- If you have blue veins, you are a cool undertone.
What is SKIN’s undertone?
The natural colours underneath the surface of your skin. Understanding your skin’s undertone is key to finding the right foundation and choosing the best colour palettes for yourSELF.
FINDING A PERFECT undertone is very important as you don’t want to apply anything that makes you look cakey or unnatural.
How to choose your perfect brown shade?
I know, many of us are not aware of the correct colour theory and face a hard time finding the correct shade. The key is, the opposite is good.
- If you have warm undertones: shades like cool brown shades like chestnut, dark chocolate, mushroom brown, and dark auburn will work perfectly for your skin. Pairing these tones with your skin tone can really brighten your tone.
- If you have cool undertones: if you have a cool undertone warm shades it the thing for you. shades like amber, caramel with blonde highlights, golden brown, honey, or warm red.
- Neutral undertones: just like the name of your undertone you can enjoy any shade of brown. According to loreals’ blog, You have plenty of options from a classic medium brown hair colour to trendy nude hair.
Unlike the olden days, now we have more than one way of dying our hair-
- Highlighting, where sections of hair are treated with lighteners
- Lowlighting, where sections of hair are treated with darker hair colors
- Splashlighting a horizontal band of bleached hair from ear to ear
Best shades of brown for cool undertone
- MUSHROOM BROWN
- MEDIUM ASH BROWN
- COOL DARK BROWN
Best shades of brown for warm undertone
- BRONZED BROWN
- LIGHT GOLDEN BROWN
- TOFFEE BROWN
- CHESTNUT BROWN
Best shades of brown for neutral undertone
- NUDE BROWN
- DARK BROWN
- TOASTED CARAMEL
- CHERRY BROWN
These were some recommended shades of brown to choose from which would enhance your natural skin tone and also will give the natural look that you deserve.