Beauty Base - Hair care tips for brunettes
Brunettes needn’t worry that their locks look lack luster compared to the competition. Brown shades can look sleek and lustrous if you follow some simple hair care tricks.
The Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type is essential to bring out the best in your hair on a daily basis. Be wary of any product that boasts it can handle all hair types; there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” solution.
When choosing a shampoo or conditioner ask yourself : Is your hair dry or greasy? Straight, wavy, or curly? Frizzy? Highlighted? Dyed? Buy haircare products tailored to these hair types. If you have colour-treated hair, be sure to invest in damage control products to add nutrients and put oils back into your hair. They’ll make it look healthier and lock in your shade.
Have your haircut regularly to get rid of any split ends, which leave your hair looking damaged or frayed. Frequent cuts get rid of that dead-ends look and keep healthy hair, making it look slicker and shiner. Even a small trim can make a big difference. Visit your salon every six to eight weeks for best results.
In between regular cuts, use a hot oil treatment on your hair. Putting oils back into your brunette locks transforms them from looking mousy or brassy to sleek and luminous. If you use blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners, rollers, or if you have colour-treated hair, a hot oil treatment will give your colour that extra boost.
Find the right shade to help amp up your brunette locks. Fair skinned women look good in rich browns and chocolate hues, while women with tan or olive complexions can handle lighter shades. The key is contrast.
Lowlights or highlights?
Highlights can also enhance your colour but don’t over-highlight: choosing a shade significantly lighter than your natural colour will make your complexion look washed out. Opt instead for something one or two shades lighter than your natural colour to add subtle contrast. Skinny highlights tend to look much better than chunky ones because they allow your natural colour to shine through.
Balance out your colour with lowlights which help make highlights less jarring on a brunette and maximise colour. For brunettes, red tones and copper-gold blends two shades darker than your natural hue work best. As a general rule, add lowlights every third time you get your hair highlighted: the tri-colour mix will add richness and dimension.
To make the most of your beautiful brunette shade use the correct hair care products. Check out John Frieda for products that are specially engineered to take your hair from a boring to brilliant brunette.