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    Default Hair color definition for dummies

    It's so basic and kind of embarrassing to ask. But I have trouble understanding hair color. Could someone help me?

    I googled. But it seems like I get more confused! I wonder if there is a good chart somewhere. Or maybe someone can explain to me... I looked up my dictionaries. But definitions are so vague and not helpful.

    Colors I have trouble with... (There are a lot more. But these are what I can think of right now.)

    ginger
    dishwater blonde
    mousy blonde
    auburn, chestnut, copper (what's the difference?)

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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    Ok lets see if I can help
    ginger is color of ginger powder right?
    copper is the color of a penny
    auburn is like a darkesh red?
    chesnut is like a brownish reddish right?
    dishwater blonde I have no idea
    mousy dont know

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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    Akiko,
    This is a great idea. We have very specific definitions for length and thickness, but have not come across one for color, although color is more difficult to define. Has something like this appeared before?
    This may not help much, but my mother says my hair is chestnut. It is very dark brown but in the sunlight has lots of red in it. Keep in mind that my mother's native language is not English. Unfortunately, I have not posted any photos, so cannot point you to a visual example. Hopefully other members will be kind enough to provide input.
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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    Quote Originally Posted by Akiko View Post
    ginger
    dishwater blonde
    mousy blonde
    auburn, chestnut, copper (what's the difference?)
    I'm a stylist.....the definitions vary from brand to brand. Generally they are as follows:

    Ginger is more of a coppery blonde
    dishwater blonde is a dark blonde with ashy tones usually
    mousy blonde is the same as dishwater
    auburn is dark reddish brown
    chestnut is medium reddish brown
    copper is more of an orangey toned red.

    eta it also varies because everyone sees color differently. One stylist may see your color as chestnut when another sees it as auburn.

    Does that help?
    Last edited by rymorg2; January 12th, 2009 at 11:09 AM. Reason: clarification

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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    i always thought a ginger was a person with red hair (any shade of red)
    "But the back seat of the drive-in is so lonely without you"

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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    Thank you everyone. I am here in front of a penny and ginger powder, groaning. My ginger powder from an Indian grocery store does not have any red or copper.

    I now understand dishwater blonde=mousy blonde. Good!

    So ginger is blonde with more orange. Strawberry blonde would be blonde with red? Dark chestnut is like auburn?

    And cinnamon color. Is it like auburn? Sorry! I am so clueless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akiko View Post
    Thank you everyone. I am here in front of a penny and ginger powder, groaning. My ginger powder from an Indian grocery store does not have any red or copper.

    I now understand dishwater blonde=mousy blonde. Good!

    So ginger is blonde with more orange. Strawberry blonde would be blonde with red? Dark chestnut is like auburn?

    And cinnamon color. Is it like auburn? Sorry! I am so clueless.
    Ginger and strawberry can be the same, but the strawberry is more of a true red blonde than ginger...it's more orange red or coppery. Dark chestnut and auburn are very close...sometimes the same thing....but auburn is more red than brown. IMO chestnut is more brown than red. I've had my hair both ways.

    There are different tones of reds. Some are orangey or coppery. Some are true reds like cherries. Some are violet based like raspberries.

    Help some? Again, it varies because people see color differently. One persons ginger is another persons strawberry.

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    google image ginger hair, and you'll see a bunch of redheads
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    Default Re: Hair color definition for dummies

    rymorg, it is very helpful, thank you. That solved my mystery a lot. Color definition is vague, I see. Bene, I thought ginger belongs to redhead family, too. Maybe it's blondish redhead? Aisha, I am still looking at my ginger powder. How in the world they named hair color GINGER? Puzzled. Himesama, English is not my native language. Besides, growing up among only black hair people did not help me learn colors. I am learning now,though.
    Last edited by Akiko; January 12th, 2009 at 11:35 AM.

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    I have no idea

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