There’s just something special about brown hair—doesn’t it look prettier the longer you stare at it? We think so! If you are a brunette (whether naturally or via dyeing), it’s important to take great care of your tresses to help keep it looking and feeling its best. From a daily and weekly routine, to regular trims and color processing, there are quite a few steps you can take to help ensure you’re keeping your brown hair in tip-top shape. Want to know exactly how to do that? Below, we share the top tips to help achieve a head-turning brunette mane. Follow along, brown-haired ladies of the world!
1. Add Dimension with Highlights and Lowlights
When it comes to beauty trends these days, it’s all about depth and dimension. Whether it’s your hair color or your makeup, a single shade is rarely the way to go. Rather, experts typically recommend incorporating an array of complementary shades that can pair together for one cohesive monochrome look that’s full of movement. As far as hair color goes, that means asking your colorist for a series of highlights a few shades lighter than your natural brown color, as well as a series of lowlights that are a couple of shades darker. When getting your coloring process, you want to make sure that your colorist uses a balayage technique so that your dimension is as natural-looking as possible—after all, the last thing you want is a chunky look. The balayage technique involves a colorist hand painting highlights onto your hair to areas that the sun would hit.
2. Use a Nourishing System of Shampoo and Conditioner
Regardless of whether you’re a natural or bottle brunette, it’s a good idea to pamper your strands with products like the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner, which are safe for color-treated hair. The EverCreme Deep Nourish system gently cleanses and conditions dry brittle hair, replenishing vital nourishment and deep moisture for silky-soft texture and shine without weighing hair down. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage it gently into a thick lather. Then follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing out.
3. Be Mindful of Heat Styling
Can’t bear to part with your flat iron? It’s time to give it a break! Excessive heat styling can damage your hair. Keep your brunette strands looking their best by putting down the heat tools from time to time. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, though. When your hair is wet, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, flip your hair upside down, and scrunch it, then let it air dry to add definition and texture.
4. Head to the Salon for a Glossing Treatment
Color your hair brown? Then you know that it’s possible for your hue to end up looking lackluster between dye jobs. Ask your colorist if a glossing treatment or glaze could help add some shine back to your hair. Shine on!
5. Use a Glossing Mist at Home
What if you don’t have time to hit up the salon for a professional glossing treatment? No worries! After washing with the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss Conditioner, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist evenly onto dry hair, reapplying as needed.
6. Protect Your Color
It turns out that exposure to UV rays can make your color look dull. To help, try using products formulated with UV filters. And, cover up by throwing on a hat if you know you’ll be spending time outdoors.