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Brown hair is always fashionable: trends and inspiring looks

by Lotte Lindgren on Jul 02, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on January 31, 2024.

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Brown hair is a popular hair color that can give you a natural and soft look. But what exactly is brown hair? In this article, we will guide you through everything you need to know about the brown hair color and especially light brown - everything from preparation and coloring to maintenance and styling. Read along here for tips and tricks to achieve the perfect shade of brown.

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What is brown hair?

Brown hair refers to a hair color that varies in shades of brown. It can include dark brown, auburn, chocolate brown and light brown hair. Brown hair can have different undertones and intensities of brown, providing variety and the ability to adapt the color to any style. It is a popular hair color that can give a natural and soft look.

Woman with brown hair

What is light brown hair?

Light brown hair is a hair color that can vary from a light shade of brown to a dark blonde color. It is often a popular choice for those looking to upgrade or change their natural hair color in a subtle way. An advantage of light brown hair is that it usually looks natural and goes well with most skin tones. However, it sometimes requires more maintenance than other hair colors to keep the color fresh and shiny.

Light brown hair is a popular hair color that suits most skin tones and can be achieved in a variety of ways, including using at-home coloring kits or at a hairdresser.

There are different methods of achieving light brown hair. Some people choose to go to the hairdresser and have streaks, babylights or balayage technique done in their hair to gradually reach the desired tone of light brown. Others prefer self-dyeing with home coloring kits or toning shampoos specially designed for this purpose. It is important to always follow the instructions carefully and test the color on a small area before applying it throughout your hair, as the result may vary depending on your original hair color and the quality of the product you use.

woman with light brown hair

The difference between light brown and dark brown hair

Studies of color pigments show that light brown hair contains less melanin than dark brown hair, giving it a lighter shade. The reflection of light on the two hair colors is also different - where the light is absorbed more in the dark brown hair and reflected more in the light brown.

It can be difficult for some to distinguish between these two shades of brown hair. A good way to do this is using natural light: if your hair looks almost black in a low light or shadow area, it's probably dark brown; if the color looks lighter or warmer in the same lighting, then you have light brown hair color.

Pros and cons of dyeing your hair light brown

Benefits of dying your hair light brown include a more vibrant hair color which can add extra shine and depth to your brown hair. It can also be a good choice if you want to soften the face or create contrast in relation to your skin tone. But the disadvantages must also be considered, as frequent coloring can cause potential damage to the hair such as dryness and split ends .

Before beginning the process of dyeing your hair light brown, it is important to consider some factors to avoid unfortunate results. Always consider your natural hair color and texture as well as the products and ingredients used in the color. A professional hairdresser will be able to guide you as best as possible in relation to the most suitable treatment depending on your individual needs and wishes.

Preparing to dye your hair light brown

Before dying your hair light brown, it's important to make sure your hair is healthy and not damaged. First, research your hair type and follow a hair care routine that will help maintain its health. Next, you can consider whether you want the whole hair colored or stripes. If your hair has already been chemically treated before, you should seek advice from a hairdresser before self-treatment.

When it comes to coloring brown hair to light brown, it requires a little extra preparation compared to other tones. It may be necessary to lighten the hair first with bleach to achieve the desired shade. You must also be careful with sunlight, hot styling tools and re-dyeing as they can damage the newly colored structure of the hair.

Decision on dyeing the whole hair or streaks

Considering different hair color tones, getting professional guidance from a hairdresser and taking into account skin tone and personal style are all important factors to consider when deciding to color your hair. If you want a light brown look, it can be difficult to choose between coloring all of your hair or getting streaks. Here are some tips to help you make your decision:

  • Consider different shades of light brown to find the right tone for you
  • Get advice and guidance from a professional hairdresser on what will look good on your particular hair
  • Always take your skin tone into consideration before choosing a new hair color
  • Think about your personal style and whether the new hair color matches it

Making the choice between full dyeing or stripes depends a lot on your preferences as well as your maintenance requirements. It's best to search for inspiration before making this big decision, so hurry over to Pinterest! It can be difficult to choose the perfect hair color and what suits you best? Should you have a full colouring, should you have highlights or highlights in your hair to get some play in your hair? There are many good questions to consider. You can read our big guide on colored hair here. 

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Tips and tricks to dye your hair light brown

In order to achieve a beautiful light brown hair color, it is important to choose the right dye. Choose a color that matches your natural hair color and consider any previous coloring of your hair. Preparation is also essential for a good result - make sure to wash your hair thoroughly and avoid styling products before colouring.

After color care can be just as important as the coloring itself. Use a quality conditioner that can protect and hydrate your hair after the treatment. Avoid heat styling for the first few days after coloring and use sun protection on your locks to avoid bleaching from the sun's rays.

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When it comes to dying your hair light brown, it's always a good idea to see a professional hairdresser. Here are some reasons why it is important to get professional help with this process:

1. Expertise and experience: A hairdresser has the necessary expertise and experience in hair colouring. They will be able to guide you on the different shades of light brown that will look good on your particular hair and match your skin tone.

2. Tailored advice: A hairdresser will be able to give you advice tailored to your individual needs. They will take into account your hair colour, texture, condition and any previous dyes before recommending the best way to achieve the desired light brown colour.

3. Professional products: Hairdressers have access to professional hair color products that are of high quality and provide a more uniform and durable result. These products are also gentle on the hair and reduce the risk of damage and discolouration.

4. Assurance of the result: When you have your hair colored by a professional hairdresser, you can be confident that the result will be as desired. A hairdresser will be able to achieve the desired light brown color and ensure that it perfectly suits your skin tone and face shape.

5. Maintenance and aftercare: A hairdresser will also be able to give you advice on how best to maintain and care for your new hair colour. They can recommend specific products for colored hair and give you tips to extend the life of the color and keep it in optimal condition.

When considering dyeing your hair light brown, it's important to consider your own preferences and maintenance requirements. Getting the help of a professional hairdresser can be crucial to achieving the best result. So don't be afraid to seek expert advice when it comes to coloring your hair - it will be worth it in the end!

Use of dye

Choose the right color shade based on your skin tone. Your skin tone can have a big impact on how hair color will look on you. If you have a lighter skin tone, it may be best to choose a cooler light brown shade. Similarly, warmer light brown tones will suit people with darker and more olive skin.

Follow the instructions carefully to avoid damage to the hair. It is important to follow all instructions in the instructions for mixing the dye and the time of exposure carefully. Do not use the product more often than indicated or for longer than the recommended time.

Test the dye on a small section of your hair to see the result first. You never know exactly how your current hair color will react with the new colored tone, so it is always wise to test the product first using a small piece of hair from the bottom of your head or other invisible place in your hair - this allowing you to adjust in a timely manner and protect the rest of your hair from any unexpected results.

Preparation of the hair before dyeing

Wash your hair the day before so it is not greasy or dirty. This will make the coloring more even and effective. Protect your clothes and surrounding surfaces from stains from the dye by placing an old towel around you and on the floor below you. Brush your hair well to remove any tangles that can result in unevenly colored hair.

  • Wash your hair the day before
  • Protect clothing and surrounding surfaces with an old towel
  • Brush the hair thoroughly

Post-treatment of dyeing

Rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water after dyeing to close the hair cuticle. This will help to preserve the color and prevent it from fading quickly. Apply a moisturizing and nourishing mask or conditioner to restore moisture to the hair after the treatment. This is important as the coloring may have dried out your hair further. Avoid hot styling tools for the first few days after colouring, as this can dry out the hair further and reduce the durability of your new light brown shade. Remember these tips for a healthy and beautiful result!

Woman puts hair mask on her brown hair

How to maintain the color of light brown hair

Light brown hair is beautiful, but can fade over time. Use color shampoo to maintain the color and avoid washing your hair too often with regular shampoo as it will dry out the hair. Also avoid heat styling such as blow-drying and straighteners, as this can damage the hair and dull the colour. Regular maintenance with a good hair mask or conditioner will keep your light brown hair healthy and shiny for a long time to come.

Use of color shampoo

To get the perfect light brown hair with color shampoo, it is important to choose a shampoo with lighter tones than your current hair color. In this way, you can easily achieve a natural and beautiful color that suits your face. To keep the color longer, you should avoid frequent hair washing - that way the shampoo will have the opportunity to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft and give a more durable result. Gently massage the shampoo into the scalp and pull it down through the lengths so that the color covers the entire hair evenly. Don't forget to always follow the instructions on the product for optimal results!

Avoiding heat styling

Use a heat protectant spray before styling your hair with hot tools. This will protect the hair from damage and preserve the color for a longer time. Also, let your hair air dry or use a diffuser at a low temperature to avoid further damage to the hair surface and color. Consider alternative styling methods such as braids , heat-free curls , or other hair styles that require less heat styling. In this way, you can achieve the desired look without compromising on the health and appearance of your light brown hair.

Regular maintenance

Visit your hairdresser regularly for trimming and possible touch-up of the colour. This will help maintain the light brown color so it doesn't fade or become patchy over time. If you notice that the color is starting to fade or lose its luster, a professional treatment can revive it.

Apply a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week to nourish the hair and maintain its health. Brown hair tends to dry hair , as the oils from the scalp do not reach all the way down to the ends due to the many curls. A conditioning treatment will help moisturize your hair and protect it from damage.

Do not try to experiment with homemade mixtures yourself. Let professionals take care of it. Although some homemade recipes may seem attractive as a cheaper alternative to professional products, there is no guarantee of results and the risk of damage to your hair is even greater if you have brown hair. Finally, always remember maintenance!

What hairstyles are best for brown hair?

When it comes to choosing the perfect hairstyle for brown hair, there are many options to consider. Brown hair is known for its versatility and ability to look good in different styles. However, a hairstyle that suits brown hair best depends on your personal style and face shape.

If you have brown hair and a round face shape, consider a hairstyle with long layers or a side part. These hairstyles can create the illusion of length and help lengthen your face visually. Avoid hairstyles that add volume to the sides, as this can make your face look even rounder.

If, on the other hand, you have brown hair and a square face shape, you can consider a hairstyle with soft waves or curls. These hairstyles can help soften facial features and add movement to your hair. Avoid hairstyles that are too sharply parted or symmetrical, as this can accentuate the square shape of the face.

If you have brown hair and an oval face shape, you may be in luck as almost any hairstyle will look good on you. You can experiment with different lengths, layers and styles without worrying about accentuating certain facial features.

Regardless of your face shape and personal style, it's important to choose a hairstyle that suits your hair length and texture. If you have thick and curly brown hair, a hairstyle with long layers can help reduce volume and make the hair more manageable. If, on the other hand, you have thin and fine brown hair, a shorter hairstyle or a bob may be better suited to create volume and fullness.

How to style brown hair?

When it comes to styling brown hair, there are many options to choose from. Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve the look you want:

- Use a heat protection spray before using hot styling tools such as straighteners or curling irons. This will protect your hair from damage and prevent it from becoming dry and worn.

- If you want to add texture and volume to your brown hair, try using dry shampoo  or hair powder  at the roots. This will absorb excess oil and give the hair a lift.

- Use a good quality hairspray to keep your hairstyle in place all day. Choose a hairspray that isn't too heavy and doesn't leave your hair stiff or sticky.

- If you want to add shine to your brown hair, try applying a small amount of hair oil to the ends. This will give your hair a healthy and shiny finish.

- Remember to care for your brown hair regularly with a moisturizing hair mask or conditioner. This will help maintain the hair's natural shine and health. You might want to consider our Healthy Hair Kit , which has a lot of care and moisture for your brown hair.

Whether you have brown hair or not, it's important to take good care of your hair and give it the care it deserves. By choosing the right hairstyle and using the right styling products, you can achieve a beautiful and well-groomed appearance. So go out and experiment with different styles and find the one that best suits you and your personal style.

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