When it comes to hair color ideas, one needs to consider two main factors: first is the skin tone and second is the eye color. If you are getting highlights on your natural brunette hair then first understand if you belong to the cool or warm category of skin tone and eye color. Also, the exact shade of your hair needs to be understood.
On warm shades of hair base color, warm highlights look stunning. For example, blonde highlights look great on hair with golden streaks. Whereas, light ash brown or streaks of beige look beautiful on hair with cooler base.
You Belong to the Cool Category If...
Skin Tone: People who belong to the cool category can have complexions like bronze or brown after tanning, pale with pink undertones or no color, olive as seen in Asians and Latinos, medium with golden undertones, medium with pink color in the cheeks or no color or dark brown.
Eye Color: The eye color can be hazel with light flecks, dark blue, grayish blue or dark brown, and blackish.
Natural/Base Brunette Color: If you have natural hair color as blue black, deep coffee, medium golden brown or medium ash brown. If you have colored your hair into a shade of warm brunette, then consider a hair dye of a shade darker or lighter to match a shade of cool brunette color and then go for any of the highlights mentioned below.
Best Highlights for You: The best options for you are cool blonde shades of mink or icy white, wheat, ash or honey colored. Such people should avoid colors like yellow, red, bronze or shiny blonde for hair highlights, as these colors can make your face look tired or sallow.
You Belong to the Warm Category If...
Skin Tone: People belonging to the warm category can have brown skin tone with golden or pink undertones, pale complexion with golden or peach undertones or freckles.
Eye Color: The warm eye colors are hazel eyes with golden or brown colored flecks, green eyes, golden brown eyes and greenish blue eyes.
Natural/Base Brunette Color: The base color should be of brown-golden blonde, golden reddish brown, auburn brown, milk chocolate brown, dark brunette (but not too deep as it is close to black). If you have a cool base of brunette hair color, then consider dyeing your hair with any warm color, and then opt highlights.
Best Highlights for You: The ideal options for you are golden brown, chestnut shades, shiny blonde, copper streaks, golden brown, or golden shades. If you belong to the warm category then avoid shades like beige or ash. Because, such shades can make your face look washed out.
So, understand your category and select the appropriate shade to avoid any coloring hazards. To protect your hair color for longer, use shampoos and conditioners which are especially made for color-treated hair. To protect your hair against color fade, avoid exposing them to sun, wear protective gear like hats or scarves. You can also use a leave-in conditioner, which contains sunscreen in it, to protect your hair better.