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The spring and summer months are the perfect time to embrace a lighter look—when it comes to your hair color, that is. And what better shade to try this time of year than light golden brown? This sun-kissed hue is oh-so-perfect for the warmer months and looks especially pretty when paired with loose wavy hair (hello, summer vibes!). Want to get a light golden brown hair color yourself? Here’s what you need to know about dyeing your hair a beautiful light golden brown shade and caring for color-treated hair.
When it comes to dyeing your hair lighter, keep in mind that the darker your starting color, the more work it will take to reach your desired level of lightness. That’s why it can sometimes be a good idea to visit a professional if you’re a dark brunette who’s looking to go lighter. A pro colorist will be able to tell you just how long the process will take to achieve light golden brown hair (it can take multiple sessions!) and will be able to guide you through it from start to finish. Of course, you can also get the look at home, and we’re about to tell you how.
Want to get a light golden brown hair color at home? You’ve got plenty of options! Try the L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Lightest Golden Brown, L'Oréal Paris Féria in Lighten Golden Brown, or L'Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Golden Brown. Just make sure to follow the directions on the packaging when you’re ready to bring your light golden brown hair color to life!
Once you’ve colored your hair to your perfect shade of light golden brown hair, following a hair care routine for color-treated hair is definitely important. Follow these tips to help take care of your beautiful mane.
1. Switch your shampoo and conditioner. Make room in your shower for products that are sulfate-free and suited to color-treated hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner. Apply the shampoo to wet hair, gently massaging it in then rinsing out. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for 1-2 minutes then rinsing out.
2. Swap in a hair mask twice a week. When you’ve got color-treated hair, you may find that it needs a little extra something-something to look its best. So, twice a week (or as needed), swap out the above conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. After shampooing, apply the hair mask, leave it on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse out.
3. Put down the heat tools. Light golden brown hair + beachy waves = a quintessential spring and summer hair look. That means it’s time to give your blow-dryer a much-needed break. Laying off the heat gives you the opportunity to put your natural texture on display. After hopping out of the shower, gently towel-dry your strands (blotting with a cotton T-shirt can be gentler than using a towel) and spritz on the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, letting your hair air dry. If your mane is on the straighter side, create a braid and undo it once your hair has dried.
4. Temporarily cover up gray roots. No time to make it to the salon or do a touch-up at home? No problem! You can temporarily hide your gray roots with the L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which is available in a variety of brown and blonde shades and lasts one shampoo. To use, first shake the can well. Then, hold it 4-6 inches away from your hair and spray the color directly onto your roots and partially through the rest of your hair to help blend in the color. No one will never know you’ve been too busy for a touch up!
Next up: Your Post-Winter Hair Care Guide.