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What makes a brunette stand out from the crowd of her brown-haired peers? Well, if recent trends are any sort of indicator, then it’s clear that the answer is dimension, dimension, dimension. From ombré and balayage to lowlights and babylights, an eye-catching light brown hairstyle is all about subtle, tone-on-tone enhancements that really brighten up your hair color while accentuating your eyes and skin tone. So, forget about streaky blondes and chunky highlights: Nowadays it’s all about more natural-looking, flowing tresses that will make others wonder if maybe, just maybe, that’s your untouched hue.
Want to be in the know and learn how to bring this naturally flawless look to life? Consult the following guide to different ways to add dimension to light brown hair.
If you’re ready to add dimension to your light brown locks, brush up on these hair color terms:
1. Balayage. If you want a natural-looking set of highlights to tie your light brown look together, then balayage is the way to go. Known for its freehand painting technique—as opposed to foils or cap highlights—balayage targets individual strands of hair for a swept-on, sun-kissed look that’s full of depth and dimension.
2. Ombré. Looking for something a little more extreme, while still channeling a natural beachy vibe? Ombré is the perfect option to add dimension to your locks. What makes this look so eye-catching is the way the lightening begins around your ears and extends to the ends of your hair. (Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Bleach kit to get on the ombre trend bandwagon.)
3. Lowlights. Typically at least two tones darker than your natural hair color, lowlights add serious depth and dimension to a light brown ‘do. When this process is used, your natural hair color becomes the highlight, which really brings out your skin’s radiance.
4. Babylights. What happens when you spend a lot of time in the sun? Ever so slight brightened streaks start to pop up that we’re sad to see disappear come summer’s end. That being said, if you’re craving a sun-drenched look regardless of the season, go for babylights. This process is known for adding warmth to your appearance via super-skinny highlighted strands. For optimal sun-kissed results, opt for a dye that’s just one shade lighter than your natural color.
If you’re looking to change up your look, you have two options: You can either make an appointment with a colorist at a salon or you can DIY dye it. If you’re thinking of making a drastic color transformation, heading to the salon is your best bet, as it may take multiple session to get the hue you want. If you feel comfortable and confident in your DIY dyeing skills, here are tips on how to bring a painted balayage-esque babylights + lowlights combo to life without leaving your bathroom. Serious dimension, here you come!
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Step 1: Choose your dye. To add dimension to your light brown hair, you’ll want to grab a box of dye that’s two shades darker and a box that’s one shade lighter.
Step 2: Stock up on supplies. We’re talking plastic gloves, a disposable mixing bowl, a color tint brush, and a timer.
Step 3: Mix your dye. Following the instructions on your boxed dye, mix the ingredients in the bowl so that you can begin painting on your natural-looking dimension. Be sure to use gloves so as to not accidentally dye your hands.
Step 4: Get hands on with color. Using the color tint brush, create face-framing highlights and babylights by gently sweeping color on to carefully selected strands. Be sure to start at your roots and work your way down to your ends for the most natural look.
Step 5: Set your timer. According to the directions on your box, let hair sit for the advised amount of time before checking your color progress. If it looks good when your timer goes off, you can move to the next step.
Step 6: Rinse it out. Once your color has reached its optimal shade, simply wash it out with shampoo and conditioner.
Step 7: Protect your new hue. Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and Conditioner to help ensure your color lasts.