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Lowlights for Brunettes That Look Drop Dead Gorgeous

Lowlights for Brunettes
Lowlights in dark hair can add the perfect touch of color for the fall. If you have fine hair, then lowlights can render texture to your hair and will make it look thicker, while on curly/wavy hair it can add depth.
Pragya T
Last Updated: Feb 2, 2018
Highlights and lowlights are both partial hair coloring techniques. But, there are many differences between both. Lowlights give a more subtle textured hair color effect to the hair, and have recently become popular. Highlights are more popular as hair coloring techniques and have been around the block for a long time. There are various options of shades and colors when it comes to highlighting hair.

While highlights give a sun-kissed look to the hair, lowlights give a more subtle and natural-looking color variation and style to your hair.
Smiling woman with lowlights in hair
Highlights should be opted during the summer, as the exposure to sun and heat during this season tends to lighten the hair color. This tends to tone down the highlights and makes it easier to blend in the hair.

However, during the fall there is less exposure to the sun and heat. Also, most of the time is spend indoors.

Due to these reasons, one should avoid going for too bright highlights during the fall, as they might not blend with your hair color, and stand out too much.

Lowlights, on the other hand are opted during the fall , because they are done near your hair roots, and are a shade or two darker than your natural hair color. During fall, the hair is less exposed to the sun and heat; thus the hair color is preserved, and you can maintain your lowlights for longer.

To get lowlights which suit brunettes, there are options of hair colors like chocolate, caramel, and chestnut shades. Are you wondering which is the right shade of lowlights for you? Follow these tips...
Tips on Choosing Lowlights
Smiling woman with short hair
The right color of lowlights for hair should -

» be 2-3 times darker than your natural brunette hair color

» be a shade or two lighter than your natural eye color

» match with your natural skin tone, and importantly

» not make your facial complexion look pale or pasty.
Lowlights or highlights tend to add radiance to your face. They are slightly different from streaks. Streaks are generally large, bright, and more noticeable. But, lowlights and highlights light-up your face without the color being too obvious.

The trick to getting beautifully dyed hair is to choose the most suitable hair color.
Lowlights for Dark Hair
Brunette girl pointing at to her right smiling
When it comes to lowlighting, natural blondes have more options of colors to experiment with. However, brunettes too can choose a good shade of hair color for lowlighting to get a gorgeous style. If you are new to this then it is better to let an expert stylist choose the shade of lowlights or highlights for you.
Brunette hair can range from anywhere between light brown to almost shades of black. Some brown hair colors like light brown can also have some tinge of blonde or red color. There are various shades of brunette hair color. The deepest brunette hair color is the darkest shade of brown which can be very dark chestnut shade and can also appear from a distance to be black.
Other shades like dark brown and milk chocolate-brown can also be seen. Another beautiful color of brunette hair is the chestnut-brown type, where a person will have dark brown hair with a noticeable amount of wine auburn highlights. Shades like light chestnut-brown can have medium to dark brown hair with subtle tones of chestnut color.
For brunette hair, shades like medium brown, medium brown with slight golden tinge, light golden brown, light auburn brown, light golden reddish-brown, light ash brown, and a very light brown color can also be observed.
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Choosing the Right Shade for Lowlights
Model showing off lowlights in her hair
Lowlights for hair are a safer option as they don't contain any ammonia. This makes them less damaging to the hair, and easier to take care of. Whenever, going for lowlights understand what your natural hair shade is, and then select a hair color that is darker than your natural hair color.
You can select the shade from the above mentioned shades of brunette hair. For example, if you have light brown hair or chestnut-brown, consider darker shades of brown. Refer to the above hair color chart and find out your hair color base, then go few shades darker on the chart to choose the lowlights.
Avoid going for red lowlights. If you have a tinge of auburn color in your hair then you can consider darkest shade of auburn for lowlights, but never red. Dark auburn can blend in a hair base which is lighter shade of auburn. But, red color will stand out too boldly, and not create the desired fall look.
So go to a professional stylist and select the right shade of lowlights. You can also accompany your hair with highlights, to create a more varied and textured look. But, ensure the highlights and lowlights blend nicely and naturally.
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