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When it comes to hair color, who says brunettes can’t have fun? It’s time for blondes to pass the baton down to the raven-haired folks among us because it turns out the options for pretty hair color ideas are endless. Like popping rosé on the weekends? Go for a rose gold hue! Want to show off your edgy side? Try a teal tint. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. With so many possibilities, it can be tough to narrow things down to just one idea. Below, learn about the trendiest hair color ideas for brunettes of the moment, plus find tips on how to take care of color-treated hair.
Always been a fan of the ocean? Embrace your inner mermaid and rock a vibrant teal ombré on your brown strands. Get the look at home using the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Color for Brunette Hair, which comes in a variety of shades including teal. The color fades in four to ten shampoos. Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Shampoo your hair and then dry it fully.
Step 2: Using the gloves included in the kit, apply the hair dye onto desired areas, avoiding your scalp. Saturate your hair.
Step 3: Leave it on for thirty minutes for best results.
Step 4: Rinse hair thoroughly with water.
Step 5: Enjoy your newly tinted hair!
The hottest accessory color has now infiltrated the beauty world. But in order to get the perfect rosy hue, research is key. As with any hair change, you should spend some time learning about the technique required to achieve your desired hue so that you can find the right colorist for you if you’re planning on going to the salon. An expert hair colorist can make all the difference in the world—they can literally transform your hair, so it’s best to ask if they specialize in the rose gold technique before booking an appointment. This technique requires more time and precision than some other hair colors, and keep in mind that for brunettes, the transformation will take longer than it would for blondes because you have to lighten your hair first. When you go rose gold, you’ll have to bleach your hair first so that it’ll be light enough for the pinky-peach color to really pop. Next, your colorist would apply a series of glosses and toners mixed together to give you the perfect rose gold tint. Each base color varies, which means that this dye job change isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.
Bronde is a highlighting technique that is a combination of blonde and brown (makes sense, right?). This technique is low maintenance and adds a ton of texture to your locks. If you have light brown hair, to begin with, going for bronde highlights will look super-natural. These subtle highlights are woven into your hair so more of your natural color peeks out. Here’s how it works: The highlights are one to two shades lighter than your natural shade and they are added to areas that would be naturally lightened by the sun. Bonus: You don’t have to worry about roots since these highlights are woven throughout your locks.
Developed by French hair colorists, balayage is another highlight technique that’s an awesome choice for brown-haired ladies. Unlike the foil-and-cap hair technique, balayage is a freehand hair streaking technique. Compared to bronde, balayage is a little brighter and lighter. The highlights are supposed to look like you’ve spent a healthy amount of time in the sun. The highlighted sections are supposed to be chunkier than the formerly mentioned bronde, but the transition from your roots to those lighter pieces are supposed to be gradual. There is no strong line demarcating hair sections—so as your hair starts to grow, you don’t have to worry about touching up your roots (score!). From your root to the tip, there should be two to three different shades.
If you’re looking for something that has a little more to it, consider asking your colorist about the flamboyage highlighting technique. Flamboyage literally means “flamboyant balayage.” Your hair is gradually lightened from about halfway through your length to the tips of your hair. Plus, balayage highlights are also woven throughout your locks. It’s different from balayage highlights because your ends will be lighter by about four shades from your roots. The overall look is still very natural, though.
This classic look has been making the rounds on celebs and trendsetters for years now. Ombré gives your hair a lot of contrast from root to tip (as much as seven shades!), and it works with any color. So, you can add purple, pink, or teal using this technique. Use a darker shade to paint in roots for traditional regrowth or lighten the ends of your locks as much as you’d like.
Sombré literally means “subtle ombré.” This all-over lightening technique gives you a softer contrast compared to ombré highlights. Want to get the look? Choose a shade that is a few shades lighter than your current hair color and try to keep the transition both gradual and subtle as you lighten your hair.
Caring for colored hair could require changing up your hair care routine. If you’re a brunette who’s recently dyed her hair, keep these tips in mind.
1. Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. When you get a new hue, the last thing you want to do is send that color down the drain. So, invest in a shampoo and conditioner that are designed for color-treated hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner. Both are formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramide to help preserve color and mend damaged, processed hair fibers. Massage the shampoo into wet hair, lather, then rinse. Then, apply the conditioner, leave it on for one to three minutes, and rinse.
You can also consider using a cleansing balm, like the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Cleansing Balm, which is formulated for colored hair. This product does a whopping six things in one: It cleanses, conditions, treats, detangles, softens, and adds shine. To use, apply six to eight pumps of the cleansing balm (you might need to use more if you have long hair) to wet hair. Massage it in gently and distribute it evenly from roots to ends until your hair is fully saturated. Keep the cleansing balm on for three to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Since this cleanses and conditions, you don’t need to use a separate conditioner afterwards.
2. Try to shampoo less often. We know, it’s easier said than done—especially if you’re someone who sweats a lot or whose roots tends to get oily. But cutting back on the number of times you shampoo per week can help to extend the life of your color—the less you wash your hair, the less opportunities you have to potentially strip the color out. Worried about grease? Keep your bathroom stocked with dry shampoo, like the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb excess oil at the roots and instantly refresh hair. Toss one in your gym bag for a post-workout spritz. Spray the dry shampoo directly onto oily roots (hold the can six to eight inches away from your head) and lightly through the rest of your hair, brushing it through.
3. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water. While soaking in hot water may be relaxing it’s not exactly the best habit for your hair (because it can strip your hair of essential moisture…eek!). So, the next time you suds up, wash with lukewarm water. Your strands will thank you!
4. Put down the heat tools. Obsessed with your curling wand? Well, it’s time to give your hair a break from the heat! Overdoing it with the heat tools can lead to damage, which isn’t something you want. Instead, enhance your natural texture—whether it’s straight, wavy, or curly—and air dry your hair instead. Create beachy waves by spritzing on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair and scrunching. If your hair is straight, braid it after applying the spray to create soft waves. You don’t have to be anywhere near the ocean to rock this popular look.
5. Use a hair mask weekly. Sometimes, your color-treated hair may need a little extra love. That’s where a once or twice weekly hair mask comes in. Try the L’Oréal Paris Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask, which is formulated with an antioxidant + UV filter and ceramide. Apply the mask after shampooing with the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and leave it on for three to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly (you can skip conditioner when you use the mask).
To recap, there are some seriously pretty hair color ideas worth trying if you’re a brunette. Your brown hair is bound to be anything but boring. Whether you opt for rose gold or natural-looking highlights, be sure to pamper your color-treated locks to preserve your color.