The Celeb-Approved Spring Hair Colour Guide for Brunettes
Spring is here, and so is our need for change. We're ready to swap our grown out highlights and lack lustre waves in favour of the season's newest and most exciting hues. And this time, we're serving up the best brunette inspiration Hollywood has to offer.
I tapped a few coveted colourists for their take on spring's coolest trends and then included the celebrities who have already started sporting the shades on their glossy brown hair. Keep reading, grab a brunette-themed iced coffee beverage, and get ready for all the hair inspiration you need.
Lawrence Wesley, senior colourist at Antonio Prieto Salon, explains, "This colour goes great with the rust, dark teal and bright jewel tones—colours we saw a lot of on the runway. To do it, ask that your colourist applies a dark cool brown single process all over, with a few hand-painted or foil highlights placed throughout. Gloss it over with a warm brown tone—only half a shade lighter—for shine and dimension."
Nunzio Saviano's colourist Jason Dolan agrees chocolate browns and deep espressos are a perfect pick-me-up for dark brunettes as the weather warms.
The entire process should take about an hour and a half, and Wesley suggests it's for you if your summer bronze has faded and you want a new, striking look. It's also perfect for those tired of the "brond" colour phenomenon. (We feel you.)
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Corey Tuttle, a Honey Artist hairstylist, recommends a delicate blend of soft copper, red, and gold. "It's super flattering on girls with naturally light to medium brown hair. Sun-kissed auburn is a deeper, more summer look without being too dark. Have your colourist balayage either in delicate highlights or a sombré (a softer, subtler touch than ombré) and customise brighter pieces around your face to flatter your eyes and cheekbones. Ask for very fine highlights placed along the surface of your hair with more boldness hand-painted throughout."
This technique is done over a natural or tinted base and takes about two hours to complete. It's great if you're looking to make your colour richer but don't want the change to feel too severe.
Kate Mara's colour is the perfect example.
Tuttle also suggests going for a tigereye hue with caramel highlights paired with a warm brunette or dark chocolate base. Kennaland head colourist Laura Estroff agrees: "It's the perfect thing to refresh your sun-bleached locks. Ask for lowlights, and then add some subtle dimension by having your colourist paint on a few face-framing highlights."
Dolan adds, "Root shadowing in deep roots with a contrast of rich honey blond highlights is great for light brunettes." It's natural and will be enough of a change to keep you satiated until spring. Plus, it'll only take an hour for your colourist to complete.
Keep scrolling for our favourite tigereye-haired celebrities.
What's your most coveted spring hair colour? Let us know in the comments below!