The only thing shining brighter than the sun down under are the brunettes walking out of Natalie Anne Salon in Sydney, Australia. There senior hairstylist Adame has a way with polishing brown hues like we’ve never seen before. Seriously, whoever said blondes have more fun didn’t know the secret to maintaining rich brunette color. We asked Adame how he makes Australia’s brunettes gleam—click through the gallery for his tips and products to get the best version of your brown hair color.
Lather with These
The main contributors to colours fading are heat and dehydration from excessive sun exposure, heat styling at high temperature, and a stripping shampoo and conditioner. My favorites for maintaining a rich brunette shade are Balmain Moisturizing Shampoo. It’s a lightweight shampoo that leaves hair feeling soft and manageable. The best conditioner for amplifying shine in brown hair is NA C3 Enriched Hydrating Mask. Designed for more dehydrated, course hair types, this multi- use product substitutes a conditioner and can be used as an intense hydration treatment. Balmain Revitalizing Conditioner is another favorite of mine for maintaining rich brunette color. In 2018 I feel as though most people are battling dehydrated, colored hair that's constantly being heat styled. So I prefer to use a strengthening and hydrating conditioner like this one.
Two main things I ask my clients to avoid using are products with high sulphate contents, as they will affect the intensity of your clients colour; and alcohol-based products, as they will dehydrate and strip out colour and reduce shine.
Don't Skip the Gloss
I like to give my clients a clear glossing treatment when they come in for a weekly blow-dry. It does not insert any colour pigment, but it gives brunettes that extra pop of shine.
Consider Your Skin Tone
Girls with cool skin tones looking for the most suitable rich brunette shade should go for a mocha brown; warm skin tones should try a golden brunette, and neutral skin tones try a caramel brown. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for honey, caramel and ashy brunettes. Anything with multi- dimension is always beautiful which entails creating the look by adding highlights and then toning them down for dimension.
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