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Who says brown hair has to be boring? We’re here to tell you that being a brunette is anything but that—if you pick the right shade. And one of the prettiest hues is chestnut brown hair. Whether you’re a brunette beauty trying to put a slight twist on your hair color or you have blonde hair and are looking to come over to the dark side, chestnut brown hair could be the right choice for you. Read on for all the details on achieving your perfect chestnut brown hair color—no roasting or open fire required.
Unlike many other hair colors, since chestnut brown hair is a more natural-looking brunette shade, lightening won’t be necessary unless you have very dark hair to begin with. If you are starting with a dark base color, you won’t need to break out the bleach, but you’ll want to lift the cuticle a bit to help create a warmer, lighter base for your new hue. Keep in mind that the darker your starting shade, the more work may be required to achieve your desired level of chestnut brown hair.
If you’re a fan of coloring your hair at home and are looking to rock chestnut brown hair, try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème in Light Chestnut Brown, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème in Medium Chestnut Brown, or L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Chestnut Brown. The key to using any of these at-home hair color kits is making sure to follow the instructions included with the packaging. You may also want to consider stashing an extra box of chestnut brown hair dye in your bathroom so that you can touch up your roots when needed.
Now that you’ve successfully transformed your hair into a pretty chestnut brown hue, it’s time to show your strands some love! Color-treated hair requires special attention, so follow the below tips to help ensure your new hair color looks as pretty as can be.
1. Switch to a system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask formulated for color-treated hair. Make room in your shower for some new hair products! Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Intensive Repair and Protect Balm.
2. Turn down the dial in the shower. Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils (which can leave hair feeling drier and looking duller), so rinse off in lukewarm temps instead.
3. Protect your hair before heat-styling. Want to blow-dry your chestnut brown hair? Make sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, first. Additionally, pay attention to heat settings on your hot tools—use the lowest temperature that you can while still only having to make one pass over each section of hair.
4. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. We happen to think chestnut brown hair looks gorgeous when paired with waves or curls! So, put down the heat tools from time to time and rock your natural texture. Create beachy waves by spritzing on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair, then letting your hair air dry. Create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. Once your hair has dried complete, undo the waves and be on your way.
Now that you have a pretty new hair color to flaunt through the new year, why not switch up your makeup and hairstyles to really show off your new look? To take your makeup to the next level by matching it to your mane, check out our article, The Best Makeup to Wear with Your Hair Color. From there, think about how you want to style your strands. Start with our article, 5 Super-Stylist Braided Hairstyles for Spring, to look forward to all your hair statements to come.