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How to Get Brown Hair with Lowlights

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How to Get Brown Hair with Lowlights How to Get Brown Hair with Lowlights How to Get Brown Hair with Lowlights

Unlike highlights which are lighter than your natural hair color, lowlights are generally at least two tones darker than your natural hair color. When you add lowlights to brown hair, your natural hair color becomes the highlight for a seriously dimensional look. Sound like a hair color idea that’s right up your alley? Here, you’ll learn how to get the beauty look, as well as which hair care products will help maintain it. 

THE LOW-DOWN ON LOWLIGHTS

A lot of times, a colorist may add both highlights and lowlights to your hair to help avoid your hair color from becoming overly frosty-looking from too many highlights. Since highlights and lowlights require a certain skill to apply and get just right, it’s probably your best bet to visit a pro if this is something you’re interested in trying out yourself. A colorist will be able to expertly place highlights and lowlights in your hair for the most multidimensional look. Also, be sure to bring a photo with you of how you’d like your hair color to look in the end so that your colorist can give you what you in terms of creating and highlights and lowlights—you want to walk out of the salon with a smile on your face!

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BROWN HAIR WITH LOWLIGHTS

While lowlights don’t cover each and every strand of your hair with permanent color, your mane will still require a bit more TLC than a virgin, uncolored strands. Keep reading to find out how.

1. SWITCH OUT YOUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER (AND ADD A HAIR MASK)

OK, so you might love your current shampoo and conditioner, but when it comes to caring for color-treated hair, it’s a good idea to consider sulfate-free products. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and use a hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Remedy Balm, once or twice a week to help maintain the integrity of your hair. You can also try a hair sheet mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask for good measure.

2. LOWER THE HEAT IN THE SHOWER

Even if you’re using all the best hair care products for color-treated hair, if you’re washing in hot water, you could be doing your hair a disservice. That’s because hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, leaving your hair feeling dry and your color looking dull 

3. OPT FOR AN AIR-DRY

We get it—you love heat styling. The only issue is, all that heat can do a number on your hair. So, instead of creating beachy waves with a curling iron, try using the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist. More of a sleek and shiny gal? Cut the high-heat straightener and reach for a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Not only can it help create the appearance of major shine, but the strong hold can help tame flyaways. 

Editor’s tip: Since we know there will still be days where you crave a heat-made style, just  be sure to protect your strands before applying heat. To do so, spray some of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray onto damp strands before blow-drying, and then again before using a flat iron or curling iron.

4. BOOK A FOLLOW-UP WITH YOUR COLORIST

Even if you take amazing care of your hair, as good as any expert could, eventually you’ll need to re-up your lowlights. Unfortunately, super grown out lowlights haven’t caught on as a hair color trend just yet. That means you’ll want to keep regular appointments with your colorist on your calendar. Go ahead and book your next appointment while you’re still at the salon so you won’t forget!

If you’re thinking you may want to revamp your hair with lightened strands as opposed to darkened lowlights, check out our article, Best Highlights for Brown Hair to Add Movement and Shine.