Just like our sartorial choices, our hair color must adapt to changing seasons. Blondes and caramel shades are all the rage in the summer, but the colder seasons encourage us to dive into a deeper hue. If you’re looking to come over to the dark side by switching your light colored hair to brown, keep on reading for the chestnut hair inspirations that will make a bold statement for you.
What Exactly Is Chestnut Hair?
There are different shades of brown, and a chestnut hair is a brighter shade of brown hair with a reddish tone into it. But still, it’s more subtle than an auburn hair which has more reddish tone into it.
Do you know that a naturally chestnut hair is often found on people who have green, blue, or gray eye color? According to studies, people who have a pale skin tend to have a chestnut hair color too, while darker shades of brown hair are commonly found on people with darker skin tones and eye color.
If you’re looking for a more scientific explanation on why some people get a naturally dark brown hair while others get a chestnut hair, it lies to the two natural pigments in our body. While pheomelanin is the pigment responsible for giving one a redder hair color, eumelanin gives off more brown or black hair color. The lower concentrations of eumelanin will result in blond hair colors, and vice versa.
Reasons to Dye Your Hair in a Chestnut Color Now
Chestnut hair is more natural-looking and will give you a timeless look for all seasons.
Women are starting to like more natural, not too beachy hair colors, and chestnut hair might not be bold enough, but it’s a timeless color that will look great in all seasons. Not to mention it looks flattering for short hairstyles like bobs and pixies, and it adds some warmth to your skin tone. More than that, you can literally own the fall and winter season as earthy and wintry palette will look great on you. You may even look glamorous with holiday colors like jewel tones and rich hues.
Chestnut shade seems to melt your grays away.
Have you noticed that your gray strands are more noticeable on dark hair, especially on black and dark brown hair? That is because of the strong contrast between the two shades. So if you’re looking to conceal your gray hair naturally, opt for lighter hair color like blonde that will make your flaws look more of highlights than silver hair.
To make your hair color more intentional, you may even get blonde highlights that will blend with your gray hair. A great thing, a chestnut hair color strikes a balance between neutral brown color and blonde, keeping everything low maintenance while flattering your skin tone.
The chestnut hair color is low maintenance and will make your hair easier to style.
Before getting a brown hair color, you must know how often you want to do the touchups on your roots. Yes, the shade of brown you’ll get or how light or dark you’ll make your strands will depend on how much time you’re willing to spend on coloring your hair. So, discuss it with your hairstylist so he’ll be able to narrow down the hair color that’s more practical for you.
A great thing, a chestnut hair is low maintenance and it will make your hair more voluminous. According to hair experts, once you dye your hair, you’ll change its texture as the pigment will open up the hair follicles, making it look plump and voluminous. More than that, you’ll be able to find color matches much faster, and dye your chestnut hair less frequently.
Chestnut hair looks fuller, healthier, and shiner over other shades.
According to hair stylists, women with naturally blonde hair have more hairs, but looking thinner because of the light hair color. This is because light colored strands absorbing light instead of reflecting it. On the contrary, brunette strands are thicker in diameter, and getting the chestnut shade regardless of your natural base color will also add the illusion of fullness.
Do you know that brown and black hair looks more lustrous over blonde hair? Yes, you can get a lustrous hair with chestnut shade whether you got it naturally or fake it with a hair color. More than that, a lustrous hair looks healthy even when it’s not. Whether you suffer from split ends or dry hair, a chestnut hair color will camouflage damage in your hair.
Chestnut hair looks great in all haircuts, especially bobs and pixies.
If you have a naturally blonde hair, longer hairstyles are great for you, since the light color of your hair will make it appear thin and dry on shorter haircuts. On the contrary, sharp, blunt haircuts will look flattering for women with darker hair. Yes, your chestnut hair color will surely complement your edgy haircut.
The same thing applies when you wish to get some bangs. While women with naturally blonde hair will get more feathery-looking bangs, women with darker hair will get more fuller-looking bangs.
Things You Need to Know Before Getting Chestnut Hair
The darker your natural hair color, the more work you need to get the chestnut hair color.
If you have a naturally black or dark brown hair, you’ll need to use bleach in several sessions just to get the desired chestnut shade. If you’re suffering from dry, brittle hair, you must think twice before getting a lighter hair color. If you want to prevent damage to your hair, it’s better to take baby steps instead of overusing bleach to your hair in a session.
In fact, hair experts recommended going for one to two shades lighter from your natural or base color to avoid over-drying your hair with bleach. Yes, it’s ideal to go half a shade lighter every time you color your hair that will avoid damaging your locks while keeping everything natural-looking.
If you have a naturally blonde hair and you want to go for chestnut hair, it will take some time. According to hair experts, it will depend on your hair texture as a naturally blonde hair needs to be colored with a warm color first, so that the final look won’t appear muddy or worse greenish.
Also, if you dye your hair in a chestnut color, you’re literally depositing pigment into your hair, and these pigments can wash out easily. Yes, a drastic hair color change cannot be achieved overnight.
You should opt for a hair color that flatters your skin tone.
Before following the hair trend, you must ensure that a chestnut hair color is perfect for you. After all, our hair, along with its cut and color, is one of the first things that steal the attention. Yes, your hair color should accentuate your best features whether you have a fair complexion, angular jaws, or oval face.
A great thing, a chestnut hair is universally flattering as it adds some warmth to pale complexions and perfectly complements brunettes. Remember, chestnut hair has gold and red undertones and if you have a warm complexion, it will be perfect for you.
Do you know that you can even use your natural hair color to guide you on choosing the chestnut shade? According to experts, women with warmer base color will likely get a different shade of chestnut compared to someone with a cooler base color.
You may also use your eye color as a guide as ones with naturally hazel, deep brown, black, dark blue, or even gray eyes will look great in it. If you have a naturally dark skin, don’t fret. As long as you have pink, undertones or yellow undertones, chestnut hair will look great on you.
Subtle shades like chestnut don’t fade away.
Bright hair colors became a major trend—think of purple, red, and pastel hair that will add some drama to your looks. However, these hues are easier to fade and require frequent touchups. A great thing, a chestnut hair is low-maintenance since it’s a natural-looking shade. But still, it will add some sophistication to your looks without making a dramatic difference.
More than that, going for a darker hair color is less damaging, compared to going lighter. The latter actually strips some moisture from your hair, while the first one will actually deposit dye pigments into your hair.
If you’re still unsure if chestnut hair is perfect for you, transition slowly.
Remember, getting a drastic hair color change can change the way you look, especially if you’re redhead or a blonde going chestnut. If you can, try on a wig first and wear it on a daily basis—wearing it with makeup, donning it at work, and experimenting different hairstyles with it.
After all, getting a chestnut hair permanently will give you challenges when going back to your natural hair color just in case you didn’t like it. Fortunately, chestnut is isn’t that bold transition if you have a natural hair color, as it falls between the shades of blonde and brown.
But still, you can think of highlights or lowlights to add some depth to your base hair color before going full chestnut on your hair. This way, you’ll avoid making the mistake of going too dramatic on your hair.
Your hair health affects the outcome of your hair color.
Just like a healthy skin that glows, a healthy hair will look bouncy and shinier. Also, dry, damaged hair won’t accept hair dye the same way healthy strands do. So, before getting your hair colored, nourish it first with hair mask, conditioners, hair oils, and even hair serums to lessen the damaged caused by some heat styling tools. If you’ve got a lot of split ends, then get a quick trim first so the hair color will be distributed evenly.
Your hair type will make a difference when it comes getting your desired shade in time.
If you have a naturally straight hair, you’re lucky as it will be easier for your strands to absorb the dye pigments. The same thing applies if you have a dry or permed hair. On the contrary, coarse hair will takes more time to absorb color.
Also, women with straight hair should stick to a more uniform shade as getting too many colors will look too stark on your hair. On the other hand, women with wavy hair can manage up to seven shades of hair color.
Coloring Techniques to Consider for Your Chestnut Hair
You can surely get a plain, solid chestnut hair, but adding some drama to your hair color won’t hurt. If you’ll choose to color your hair with the help of a professional, you can even think of having balayage, ombré, sombré, lowlights, or even babylights to make your chestnut hair more statement-making.
If your goal is to look like you’ve just spent a few days at the beach, go for a chestnut hair in balayage style. Just like your chestnut hair color itself, balayage requires less frequent touchups. But still, it will make your chestnut hair a bit more interesting and brighter.
If you wish a bold contrast on your hair roots and ends, go for a chestnut hair in ombré, or go softer with sombré. If you’re a blonde but still want to try the chestnut hair, don’t fret. There’s a hair trend called “bronde” that will combine your naturally blonde and chestnut hair.
A great thing, it is low maintenance too as flaunting your naturally blonde hair as it grows will contribute to the appeal of your overall hair color. If you wish to add depth and dimension to your chestnut hair, then go for lowlights that will add darker tones to your hair color. Or, look more natural and sun-kissed with a chestnut hair styled with babylights.
What to Do Before Getting a Chestnut Hair Color
Bring pictures so your colorist will know the exact chestnut shade that you want.
Most of the time, women think that they have the same idea with their colorist when it comes to the specific hair color. Unfortunately, slight differences from your ideal chestnut hair can leave you frustrated, hating your overall hair color.
So, before getting your hair colored, show your colorist the photos of chestnut shades that you like and you don’t like. This way, she or he will have a guide on which hair colors to choose from, and can even recommend some colors that will suit your skin tone.
Most of the time, going for a lighter brown or chestnut shade is the best option if you’re aiming for a more youthful look. On the contrary, the darker hair color you opt, the more you’ll highlight your imperfections, especially if you have fair skin.
You should hydrate your hair before coloring, but skip shampooing.
According to hair experts, moisturized hair is the best canvas for hair dye application. Just like your makeup primer that gives you a smooth base to work before applying your foundation, a hair mask or conditioner will prime your hair, leaving it plump and healthy. If you like, you may even get a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture and balance the pH of your hair.
In fact, stylists recommended using them two days before you get your hair colored. Even after you’ve got a new hair color, applying hair mask will be great to nourish your hair, keeping your strands soft and healthy. Also, a protein treatment for a few weeks prior to coloring your hair is essential if you have damaged locks.
However, you should skip shampooing prior to your hair dye application as your scalp can be sensitive and strip you hair of its natural oils. Yes, the natural buildup of oil in your scalp will protect your strands.
How to Care of Your Chestnut Hair
Only use hair products designed for color-treated hair.
It might sound like you need to invest in new hair products to maintain your chestnut hair, but remember, you already invested a lot in getting that hair color, so be prepared to do the work to take care of it. Do you know that some harsh ingredients can wash that color down the drain? Yes, you should toss those clarifying hair products and dandruff-fighting shampoos that will only strip away your new hair color.
To keep your hair color shiny, go for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner designed for your color-treated hair. More than that, you should avoid hair products with ammonia that can fry your hair, along with coal tar, and lead acetate. It’s best if you can use hair products formulated with natural ingredients. This is also true if you’re trying to revive your chestnut hair color as some hair products are designed to neutralize brassy tones.
If you like, you may even add a hair mask to your routine that will also keep your chestnut hair healthy and hydrated. More than that, you should avoid hair products that will dry out your hair. So, watch your product ingredients and avoid alcohol that will strip your hair’s oils and moisture.
Avoid hot and warm baths that will only strip your hair of natural oils and even color.
Most of the time, the chemical used to color your hair will leave it feeling drier and looking duller, so don’t extend the damage with warm baths. Do you know that hot baths and straightening treatments can make your chestnut hair brassy? Most of the time, hot temperatures and certain ingredients oxidize your hair color, leaving an orangey cast.
As your chestnut hair fades, warm undertones could appear, and you can reverse the look by using a tinted treatment. Just like your color corrector in makeup, you can use a blue hair treatment for orangey cast, or purple hair treatment for yellowish cast. In fact, purple shampoos are great for blondes and brunettes who have highlights that will help you avoid that smoky look.
Also, if your chestnut hair is over bleached, a greenish cast might appear, or worse, your chestnut hair can turn to some shades of black. In this case, it will be helpful to use hair nourishing products to keep your desired chestnut hair. Also, you may think of applying some color gloss to your hair that will boost your chestnut hair color.
You should protect your chestnut hair from ocean and pool water.
Apart from avoiding warm baths, you have to protect your chestnut hair from ocean or pool water as salt water and chlorine will dry your hair. That’s also the reason why some stylists recommend coloring your hair after a beach vacation, or else you’ll need a lot of touch-up when you get back.
Experts even explained how pool water and chlorine can affect your hair color. According to them, copper is found in water, and it can mix with chlorine, which will oxidize your hair. Remember, a dry hair is more absorbent, and getting your hair wet in the shower will help.
Yes, you can simply wet your chestnut hair with typical tap water and apply hair conditioner in it. This way, the tiny holes in your hair filled in and keep those salt and chlorine from getting in your hair.
You should protect your chestnut hair from heat.
Instead of trying new curls and waves, embrace your hair’s natural texture so you don’t have to use those heat styling tools. Apart from it, you should stay out of the sun, or use UV-protection hair sprays, hats, and scarves to protect your hair.
Do you know that sunlight can oxidize your chestnut hair color? That’s the reason why some women already got that lighter and brassy tone after a few weeks of getting the hair color. If a special event is coming on your way, use a heat protectant to protect your hair before using flat iron, blow dryer, or curling iron.
Coloring your hair it one of the best ways to express yourself and your personal style. More than that, switching up your hair color is exciting—especially if it’s a chestnut shade that will make you standout this season.