When you walk in the hair coloring section of your local beauty supply or drugstore, you realize immediately that there are so many colors available that it is almost impossible to see thru the number of different shades and hues and their unusual names. In fact, knowing the name of a certain shade of a hair color product does not necessarily mean that the name will be the same for another product with the same color. But there are some basic color families that can help you to make better choices when you know them, and even easier to explain exactly what color you want.
The basic colors.
There are four basic categories of hair colors: blond, brown, red and gray. Every possible hair color fits within one of that group. There are some colors that simultaneously fall into two groups. These transition groups are the bridges from one color group to another group. Each hair color is the result of the presence or absence of melanin in your hair. This melanin exists in two forms: Eumelanin, responsible for the black and brown shades in the hair and Pheomelanin, responsible for the red and yellow-blonde tones. The combination of these types of melanin creates all the possible natural hair colors. The absence of melanin creates gray hair.
A closer look at the color groups and how they are related to each other
From pitch black to a color of polished wood. Brown hair colors exist in shades of level 1 to 5 and are usually formed with Eumelanin pigments. Within this category you will find the hair colors that are often referred to as chocolate, Mahogany, sand etc. Victoria Justice, Jennifer Beals, Teri Hatcher. Here we see a selection of three beautiful ladies with brown hair who manage to make their dark hair talk. Who wants a blonde bombshell when you can be a dazzling brunette In the pictures we see Victoria Justice, Jennifer Beals and Teri Hatcher.
The shades that are labeled as blonde range from very light brown to almost white platinum blonde. Blonde shades contain small amounts of Pheomelanin and sometimes Eumelanin a characteristic that falls between the levels 6 and 10 in lightness. Colors are honey blonde, golden blonde, etc .
Doutzen kroes, Nikki Griffin, Nicolette Sheridan are blonde sensations, from the radiant golden blonde to natural soft blonde long locks. It’s easy to understand why men are fond of blonde ladies.
Whether it is flaming red or just a bit of auburn, it is the Pheomelanin which creates the tone. Red hair can vary in lightness of level 2 or 3 to level 9 or 10. With red hair hear the tones are red brown, ginger etc. It may be richer colors based on red or orange based colors. Julianna Moore, Amy Adams and Nicole Kidman, you can’t deny red hair. Red is one of the most beautiful hair colors. Also red hair exists in many shades.
Gray hair is caused by the absence of pigment, as stated above, but gray shades are usually built on one of the other color categories. When talking about grey hair we talk about percentage rather than levels. 25% gray: Your uncolored hair looks like your natural color from a distance. 50% gray: From a distance your uncolored hair looks like “salt and pepper,” or a blend of your natural color and gray hair. 75% gray: Your uncolored hair looks gray from a distance. 95% gray: Your uncolored hair looks gray both up close and from a distance. Richard Gere, Robert Downey Jr, Anderson Cooper, have beautiful grey hair. Personally, I don’t like hair coloring for men anyway.
To get the colors right there are 12 color complexion charts to find out which hair color is best for you.