The Many Different Shades Of Brown!!

With colors named Chocolate, Cinnamon, Espresso, Caramel, Cocoa, Nutmeg and Brown Sugar, brunettes have the most delicious selection of shades to choose from!!  This can also be a bit overwhelming, so this week I will talk about some of the most popular shades of brown that come through my salon.  Starting with Cool Espresso Brown…



Cool brown tones like the shade Espresso are particularly popular this season.  In general, Espresso has a rich cool or natural undertone.  Don’t be scared of the term “cool”, this does not mean it will look matte or murky.  Cool tones have just as much shine and silkiness to them as your warmer shades but give you a bit more of a dramatic finish.

As you can see on Mila Kunis, this rich shade is incredibly beautiful.  I do recommend before committing to this shade to talk with your stylist to really determine which shade is best for you.  In my opinion Cool Espresso looks best on medium to deep cool skin tones which include light to dark olive skin or dark brown to ebony skin.  That being said if you love the color then go for it!!


2a45763e928877ba907ea882f6c71da7CHOCOLATE BROWN:

In general, the color is defined as a deep, dark brown with warm undertones such as red or gold.  Glossy shades are more likely to be considered chocolate because they have the silky sheen that fine chocolate does… YUM!!

Just as with the Cool Espresso shades, Chocolate Brown hair color may not be perfect for everyone.  In fact, it may be to dark for some complexions, and it is essential to find the right hair color for you to ensure you have a style you are happy with.

This hue typically looks best with warm skin tones.  If you have a paler complexion, consider a chocolate shade with a stronger blonde or red component so your skin does not appear to be washed out.  Audrina Patridge has the most beautiful Chocolate Brown shade in this photo.  The warmth really brings out all the beauty and health in her skin tone.


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Caramel is a rich, soft shade of gold that can compliment many hair types.  It is important to understand that even within the shade “Caramel” there is some variation for the darkness and golden tint of the color.  In general, however, caramel color is a bold light brown or dark blonde shade that can coordinate with many initial hair colors.

Caramel tones work best on warm complexions and either warm blonde or brunette hair.  Individuals with red hair may find caramel shades to brassy or orange with their base color, and a bright caramel can contrast too much with very dark hair to provide a natural look.

Jessica Biel has a very rich shade of caramel which brings out the warmth in her skin.  If caramel isn’t quite right for you, there are similar hair colors that may work better for your skin tone, complexion, and natural hair color.  Consider hues such as honey, gold, and sun-kissed blonde as less dramatic alternatives to caramel.


rby-33-in-out-emma-stone-auburn-hair-mdnAUBURN BROWN:

If you consider yourself playful, adventurous and vivacious, consider a hot color like Auburn Brown!  Auburn is a variety of red hair, most commonly described as reddish-brown in color.  Auburn hair ranges from medium to dark with its tone.

When trying shades of red, determine which tone looks best with your complexion.  Emma Stone has a deep Auburn Brown hue to her hair which looks great with her paler skin tone.  Regardless of your skin tone, if you do take the leap into the red family I guarantee your friends and colleagues will take notice!!  Wear this shade with confidence and you will be the envy of all your friends!!!

I hope this breakdown of the different brown shades has been helpful.  Share with your friends and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or ask a questions!  Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for next weeks post!!


How To Protect Your Beautiful Brown Hair Color

brown color collageLast month we talked all about blonde hair color, so this month I thought we’d delve into the care and richness of those beautiful brown shades.

You may have finally achieved that beautiful deep color you’ve always wanted but there’s just one problem… keeping the dye from fading!  Just as we discussed how to keep your blonde porous shades from soaking up the negative environment, the same is true for the commitment in maintaining beautiful lush brown tones.



Something I always say to each of my clients is to NOT shampoo your hair everyday.  One of the biggest color-stealing culprits is H2O.  The more you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade.  Shampooing causes the hair strands to swell, and the color then washes out little by little.  Wash and condition your strands with products formulated to be color-protective. If you just can’t stop shampooing everyday, invest in shampoo and conditioners that have pigment infused in them.  That way you continue to deposit dye onto your hair strand, essentially re-coloring it a little each time you wash.  Another tip is to keep your water temperature cool.  Wet hair has more stretch than dry hair, and the “stretchiness” of hair increases with the water temperature.  So wash with lukewarm water or (gasp!) cool H2O!!



If you find your hair is damaged and dry this can also affect the life of your newly acquired color.  When the strands of your hair are weak or damaged the outer protective layer (the cuticle) is not able to seal in the hair color thus allowing it to be washed out more easily.  By using a hot oil treatment or a deep conditioning treatment you are infusing protein back into the hair strands allowing for the hair to repair and protect your hair color.  One of my favorite deep conditioning treatments is the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask.  You can do a treatment as much as once a week or as little as once a month.



Sunlight can be a brunette’s worst enemy!!  Luckily there are many products on the market these days with lots of UV protection infused right in.  When you are out buying your product make sure and pick up a leave-in conditioner or serum with sun protection.  You can apply this once a day or even multiple times a day to help protect your hair color.  If you are someone who likes to be outside in the sun most of the day, I recommend after applying a little UV protective serum you can throw your hair up into a messy bun or even wear a sun hat.  This will also protect your face from the harmful rays



Swimming may be fun, but the amount of chlorine in the water is extremely damaging to your hair!  This can cause your hair to fade, break off, or even bleach it!!  Wear a swimming cap, or add UV protecting serum or leave-in conditioner to your hair.  Protecting your hair from the elements helps prevent the formation of free radicals, atoms or molecules that contribute to fading when they snatch electrons from pigment molecules.  Keep in mind that red hair color fades the fastest because red pigment molecules are larger than brown and black pigment molecules.


Using the tips above will give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your deep rich tones.  Please feel free to leave any questions you may have concerning your hair or treatments!!  Stay tuned for next weeks post on the different shades of beautiful brown color!!!