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 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!!
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.
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.
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!!