How to choose the best shade of brown for your hair

by Nicole Arcano
May 30, 2017
For fair-skinned beauties, try a shade of ash brown with blonde highlights like Bea Alonzo.

Yes, it's completely normal to freak out when you're given that giant book of hair colors in salons.

Looking at every shade of brown, red, and blonde can get pretty overwhelming.

But if it's your first time getting a dye job, a shade of brown is a safe start.

To help you out, we rounded up the best options for mestizas and morenas alike.

See them below!

Fair Skin

The lack of pigment on fair skin makes it a good canvas for multiple hair colors.

You can go as dark or light as you wish, but try to avoid brassy light browns.

Instead, why not go for deeper browns like chocolate browns and ash browns? These shades will complement your skin by giving it a stunning contrast!

Chocolate brown on Tricia Gosingtian

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Ash brown with blonde highlights on Bea Alonzo

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IMAGE Revlon, L'Oréal

Try: Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color in 41 Medium Brown; L'Oréal Paris Excellence 5.13 Ashy Nude Brown

Fair-Medium Skin

Being in between fair and medium makes choosing the right brown hair color relatively easy, too.

It'll be difficult to find a brown that looks too stark, unless you choose one that's way too light.

That said, a golden dark brown mixes beautifully with warm-toned skin, while a golden nude brown is great for achieving a soft tint on dark hair.

Warm dark brown on Kathryn Bernardo

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Golden light brown on Jennylyn Mercado

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IMAGE Liese, L'Oréal

Try: Liese Creamy Bubble Color in Chestnut Brown, P485, Watsons; L'Oréal Paris Excellence 6.13 Golden Nude Brown

Medium-Deep Skin

Medium-skinned girls are most likely to have dark brown or black as their natural hair color.

So if you're in this category and looking to change your look, choose lighter colors.

L'Oréal colorist Jessica Joves recommends this because vibrant hair dyes always register deeper on dark, pigmented hair.

To add a bit of red to your hair, choose between a golden auburn or deep mahogany.

But if you're only up for a small change, go for the richest, most golden chocolate brown color you can find.

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Golden auburn on Monika Sta. Maria

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Dark chocolate brown on Janine Gutierrez

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IMAGE L'Oréal, Revlon

Try: L'Oréal Paris Excellence 6.34 Golden Auburn; Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color in 37 Dark Chocolate Brown

This story originally appeared on PREVIEW.PH.

* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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