The Worst Hairstyles For Brunettes

Becoming a brunette can be rewarding, but your hairstyle must be taken to account to avoid

Though the oft-repeated phrase is "blondes have more fun," transitioning to brunette is growing more and more popular. The multitude of shades available within the "brunette range" perhaps add to the appeal, as do surveys consistently concluding that the average male prefers brunette women. Finally, if you're going to be a brunette, at least you can rest assured that there aren't dozens of jokes revolving solely around your hair color (as is manifestly the case with blondes).

You might be unaware, however, that your hair color and your hairstyle significantly affect one another. Consequently, if you are a brunette currently or are seriously considering becoming one in the future, you should examine both your color and your cut to ensure that the two compliment one another to produce the most complimentary overall effect. Due to the association of brown hair with "˜dowdiness' or conservatism, women must be strategic in how they both cut and fix their hair to avoid reinforcing this erroneous stereotype.

For example, the classic nature of brown hair can be ruined by an overly angular cut that emphasizes straight lines. The overall effect will be too heavy, particularly for a young woman. If you currently have a bob, or chin-length hair, choose your shade of brunette with care. Warm tones will be preferable to cool tones (there is a large difference between glossy, golden brown and ash brown, for instance) in downplaying the "secretary" effect of the bob. While you wouldn't have to worry as much about this association as a blonde, finding the right balance can ultimately be far more rewarding.

Additionally, brunettes should avoid heavy bangs. The darkest shades of brown can suit women of darker complexions, but the addition of bangs would be overwhelming. Hair is intended to enhance or frame the face, and oppressive bangs can make facial features look "closeted," particularly in the case of brunettes.

On the other end of the spectrum, avoid wearing your hair long and straight if you've opted for a standard, conventional brown shade. Though this look epitomizes the 1960s and the hippie movement focused therein, forty years has done much in changing the way we view hairstyles. Now, hair that is kept overly long and brown comes across as too lackluster or boring. You could counteract this effect, however, with well-placed highlights. On brunettes, golden or red-toned highlights seem to work best. Be careful not to go too blonde, however, or the highlights will single themselves out rather than blending into the natural, pre-existing variance of your hair strands.

Ideally, every hairstyle and color would fuse trendy characteristics with classic. With blonde hair, undoubtedly more "flashy" than brunette, less care has to be taken in avoiding boring hairstyles, because the color itself will counter most blunt cuts. With brunettes, however, the style itself should lean toward the trendy as the color itself will come across as more classic and conventional.

Though it is difficult to make generalizations about a hair color as varied and versatile as brunette, governance by these basic rules will undoubtedly be rewarding.

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