Many pastel hair colors have been ruling the trend cycle as of late, whether it be a bright pink or mint green. But if you’re looking to change your mane in a less drastic way, we have the perfect shade for you — honey brown. Although brown hair might be simple and classic, it doesn’t have to be boring. The honey brown mix adds a hint of sunshine to brunette hair for a look that serves up serious shine and style.
If you’re ready to sweeten up your hair color, find everything you need to know about a honey brown hair color, including a few ways you can try it out, below.
What Is Honey Brown Hair?
Honey brown hair features a warm, brown base that can vary in tone. There’s more than one shade of honey brown hair, but the base is either laced with varying tones of honey highlights or has a golden undertone to give it that sweet-as-honey touch. Since honey brown hair is warm in tone, it can be most flattering on those with warm skin tones. The key to making this hair color trend work for you is finding the right brown hair color for your skin tone.
How To Get A Honey Brown Hair Color
If you plan to try this trend with highlights, you’ll want to head to the salon so your colorist can expertly place your honey-colored strands. But if you prefer an all-over honey brown ‘do, you can DIY your color with the help of at-home honey brown hair dye.
Always keep in mind that coloring your hair at home may seem easy (and it can be), but it will require patience and some knowledge to keep your hair looking beautiful and healthy. We recommend visiting the L'Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge to consult with a specialist for tips, tricks and product recommendations (more on that below) if you have additional questions about dyeing your hair at home.
5 Honey Brown Hair Color Ideas
If you’re ready to give this trend a try, check out a few honey brown hair color ideas below.
1. Light Honey Brown Hair
For anyone who is fond of light brunette manes and all-over color, you’ll want to give light honey brown hair a try. Since this option involves a single shade, you can easily DIY the look at home. Use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Hi-Lift Browns Downtown Brown to do just that.
2. Brown Hair With Honey Highlights
If you’re all about a dimensional ‘do, you’ll love lacing your brown hair with honey highlights. Perhaps the most classic take on the trend, this color option offers plenty of movement. To take things up a notch, ask your colorist to add some warm reddish-brown highlights into the mix as well.
3. Medium Honey Brown Hair
A medium honey brown shade might work for you if you love the idea of a solid honey brown without going too light. Color your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Hi-Lift Gold Brown for an at-home hair color transformation.
4. Dark Honey Brown Hair
Just because honey brown hair has golden undertones doesn’t mean you have to opt for light strands. If you favor dark brown hair, upgrade your tresses with a dark honey brown hair color. For a dark honey brown hair dye, try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Dark Golden Brown.
5. Honey Brown Ombré Hair
If you’re more low maintenance, honey brown ombré hair is a great option for you. Since this take on the brown hair with honey highlights trend features brunette roots that transition to honey blonde ends with a gradient effect, you won’t have to worry about a harsh line of demarcation as your roots grow out — aka, you can wait for longer between touch-ups.
How To Care For Honey Brown Hair Color
To increase the lifespan of your honey-dipped ‘do, keep the following hair care tips for color-treated hair in mind.
1. Swap your current hair system for one that’s specifically formulated for color-treated hair. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Color Care Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Conditioner, which work together to strengthen by repairing weak bonds in the hair.
2. To prevent your color from getting dull, use the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss once a week to refresh your hair color and give it a glossy finish. Formulated with coconut oil, this hair gloss will leave your strands nourished and feeling soft after one 15 minute in-shower application.
Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Shalwah Evans
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