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Bouncy chestnut locks with the slightest golden blonde shimmer have been turning heads left and right for decades. The sun-kissed brunette beauties who walk down the runways and everyday streets have a certain je ne sais quoi about them that draws in all the attention without looking overdone. Have we convinced you to spruce up your monochrome brunette look with the perfect hint of sunshine? There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before you actually do so. Below, we share everything you need to know about adding blonde highlights to your dark brown tresses. Follow along!
If you’ve ever colored your hair before, you know that it can take a bit or patience and precision—especially when it comes to adding in highlights. Keep in mind that if you’re starting with naturally dark hair, it can difficult to achieve the level of blonde you may be interested and will require bleaching to lighten your color. In that case, it’s a good idea to visit a pro who can expertly take you through the process and manage your expectations. What’s more, some highlighting techniques, such as balayage, require quite a bill of skill and precision, so you’ll want to leave that to the pros.
If you have light or medium brown hair and are just looking to add in some traditional highlights, you can DIY your highlights at home with the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Highlights. The kit comes with a developer crème, bleaching powder, lightening crème, conditioning shampoo, and DIY highlights brush. Follow the enclosed instructions for best results.
Officially sun-kissed? Yesss! You’re positively in love with your new ‘do, right? Well, then you better care for it right! Once you’ve colored your hair, it’s a good idea to make a few changes to your regular hair care routine to help care for your strands.
1. Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner combo. Switch out your old shampoo and conditioner for one’s that are formulated for color-treated hair, like the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner.
2. Add in a mask a couple times a week. Once or twice a week, swap out the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo for the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask to show your color-treated locks a little extra love. After shampooing with the L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, apply the mask and leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
3. Always use a heat protectant. Excessive heat styling can lead to damage—which is why it’s always important to use a heat protectant before busting out your blow-dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray.
4. Let your hair air dry from time to time. You don’t have to use heat tools to get a gorgeous-looking hairstyle! Give your mane a break from the blow-dryer every once in a while by air drying your hair. For beachy waves, spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair, create a braid, then undo the braid once your hair has dried. Want volume? Apply an egg-sized dollop of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to wet hair, flip your head upside, and scrunch your hair. Is smoothness what you’re after? Apply a tiny amount of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to wet hair, then run a little bit through your ends once your hair has dried.
5. Schedule a glaze. One of the best ways to make your hair color look shinier is to get a glaze every few weeks at the salon. To find out if your specific golden highlights can benefit from a glaze, consult your favorite stylist and cross your fingers!