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, exemplify 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
Rinsable tinting solutions are ideal for trying on the ideal brown hair color, providing your hair is neither color-treated nor bleached. It is best to approach the darker hair color in measured steps
The straineder your hair is, the more careful should you be with the choice of test colors. 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
Be especially cautious when coloring already bleached hair. Bleaching alters the hair structure and as a result, the applied hair color 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 color pigments may darken the hair too much
Do you have light hair and want to change the color to brown but dread visible roots? Dark streaks (‘lowlights’) could be your solution
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 damage your hair. Recently developed color treatments are very gentle, deliver perfect results and require no more than 10 minutes leave-in time
After using permanent color 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 color 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
Re-pigmenting products may be the solution of choice for coloring gray 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 graying hair, thus re-establishing the natural hair color
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 brown hair color 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 sneak up on your desired darker hues
Before you color 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
There is no need to fear mottled coloring results. The smoother the hair surface, the smoother will be your coloring result. Apply an intensive hair treatment the day before coloring 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 color evenly