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When it comes to the summertime, chances are you want to lighten your load—as far as your wardrobe and makeup routine go, that is. But have you given any thought to your hair color? The warm weather season could be the perfect time to make a change and embrace a sun-kissed hair color idea. Here, find your inspiration with light brown hair color suggestions for summer 2018, as well as what you need to know to dye your mane one of these colors and take care of your new hue.
Ready to take the plunge and go lighter? Try one of these hair color ideas this summer! Any of the light brown hair colors below can be used as inspiration for all over color changes or balayage highlights. If you go for the latter, your selected shade will be painted onto specific strands for a more low maintenance dye job. Definitely something to consider, just keep in mind that balayage is a highlighting technique that requires a certain level of skill and is best left to a professional.
Is your skin tone cool? Match it with a cool light brown hue.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Light Brown
Amber is a beautiful color that falls between gold and orange. Try a light amber brown shade if you have pink undertones in your skin.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Amber Brown
This chic, ashy hue pairs well with cool skin tones.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Ash Brown
Go for the gold! Golden shades work well when paired with warm skin tones.
Get the look: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Light Golden Brown
Summer is typically a low-key time of year made up of beach days and outdoor brunches—but depending on what shade of light brown you decide on, it might not be so low-maintenance. Keep in mind that if you’re starting with a dark brown base color, you’ll need to bleach your hair to go lighter—and the darker your hair is, the more work it’ll require to take you to your desired level of light brown. That being said, balayage is traditionally a low-maintenance look, as the highlights don’t reach your roots—meaning your hair will grow out without the need for frequent touch-ups. If you opt for an allover light brown shade, you may find yourself in the salon chair (or DIY-ing it) every few weeks.
Color-treated hair requires special care—which is why you’re going to want to switch up your hair care routine. Follow the below tips to show your light brown locks some love!
1. Use a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. It’s time to show your old products the door. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. And while you’re in the shower, turn down the dial in rinse off in lukewarm water. Super-hot H2O can strip your hair of essential oils, not to mention, it might just feel uncomfortable to bathe in high temps during the summer months, anyway.
2. Ditch the heat tools. Summer is the season for air drying your strands! Rock stylish beachy waves by spritzing on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair, creating a braid, then undoing the braid. Who says you need to be anywhere near the ocean to make waves?
3. Temporarily disguise gray roots. So you don’t have time to touch up your roots—but grays are growing in. That’s OK! Just use the L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up, which is available in four brown hues. Spray it directly onto regrowth and lightly through the rest of your hair to blend in the color. It’ll last for one shampoo.
Love the light brown hair color but hoping for a bit more blonde? Check out our article, How to Do Ombré on Brown Hair.
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