In Hollywood, stars are known are known for their frequent trips to their colorists, who often take them from blond to brunette to red within the span of mere weeks. But when it comes to the blond bombshell style that's dominated for decades, some stars wear it well, while others look more fabulous in darker shades. Which of these five stars do blond better, and which look their hottest as brunettes?
Depending on the lightness or darkness of your locks, look for brown shades in hues that complement the undertones in your hair, such as walnut, deep honey, sable, golden brown, chocolate, cocoa, mahogany, chestnut, ash brown, or bronzed brown. When in doubt, go for a taupe shade, which is considered the most universally flattering color. And for the subtlest-looking finish, apply your chosen brow product using short, feathery, hairlike strokes.
Marie went to work applying a semi-permanent color, as she notes, Anne "doesn't have any gray and just needs shine with shades of gold warmth." If you have medium to light brown hair, Marie recommends Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color in Chocolate Crème ($9). Then, to add more dimension with caramel accents, her secret is to highlight hair using the same technique she used on Sienna Miller's golden blond hairstyle.
But when it comes to those with raven locks, why isn't there an official name designated for those with the darkest strands? Is it simply that black-haired is, in actuality, the most appropriate description? If you could give those with the darkest hair their own alias, what would it be? Ravenettes? Inkhairs? Blackheads? Nah, none sound quite right. Whether it's for virgin hair or it's dyed black, what's the best description you can conjure up?
There are two different types of this pigment: black and brown. The smaller amount of brown one has, the lighter or more ashen blond the hair will be. In turn, the higher the amount of brown, the darker or more brown the hair will be. As for black eumelanin, in high quantities, it's what makes the hair black. But in lower levels, it's responsible for causing the hair to become gray. So now you can dazzle your friends, giving them their own custom "hair reading," all thanks to your expert hair color knowledge.
- Warm or cool?: If you have cool-toned hair, you probably have ashy brown, dishwater-blond, salt-and-pepper, silver, platinum, coffee brown, or bluish-black tones in your hair. If you've got warm-toned hair, perhaps you have golden blond, golden brown, copper, auburn, flat black, dirty gray, or strawberry blond locks.
- For cool tones: Frames that are black, pink, plum, blue, burgundy, purple, magenta, cool green (not too much yellow), dark tortoise, rosy, and white can be flattering for those with cool tones in their hair.
- For warm tones: Think red, warm reds, off-white, light tortoise, coral, warm green, gold, copper, peach, or khaki frames to complement warm-toned hair.
- A few more tips: Depending on the tone of the hair, black-haired beauties just might be lucky enough to wear whatever they like. Just like black clothing is so versatile, black hair can be, as well. For silver-haired folks, a bright pop of color is always flattering — even red or a bold purple. Just don't go too drab. For blond locks, consider a clear or whitish frame, and for brunettes, it's best to determine whether your undertones skew more ashy/cool or golden/warm before making a spectacle of yourself. (Sorry.)
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Are you a gun-toting, long- and dark-haired lady with a penchant for danger? Then James Bond will love you. I'm still getting over the fact that there was an actual Pussy Galore character in one of the flicks in the Bond franchise. I'm also getting over the fact that researchers from Cleveland State University took the time to delve deeper into the female characteristics preferred by everyone's favorite British spy. A recent study published in the journal Sex Roles proved that of the 195 women in Bond's first 20 films, 40 percent had black hair, 19 percent were brunettes, nine percent were redheads, and 27 percent were blondes.
Their average age was 26, and not surprisingly, he was more likely to sleep with the slimmer, younger, and better-looking women of the bunch. Also, while 007 seemed to end up in sexual liaisons with the longer-haired women, the study concluded that their hair has actually gotten shorter over time. Looking to get a snapshot of the Bond's ideal lady and his chauvinistic ways? The researchers recommend checking out Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead (groan) in Moonraker or Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole (ugh) in Diamonds Are Forever.
Raven hair can be beautiful, sexy, and even goth. When you think about it, how often do you really see true deep, dark, (sometimes almost blue-toned) black hair? This week I've been giving you tips on how to enhance your hair color. I've already covered brunettes and redheads. And now, let's focus on you raven-haired beauties.
Regardless of whatever artificial color you are adding to your hair, there are three mantras: use a color-protecting shampoo, wash in cool water to trap in the color molecules, and avoid direct sunlight, which can fade pigments. Read more tips on enhancing this striking shade when you read more