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Hair colour confidential: How to be your best brunette

Whether it’s at the salon or DIY, there’s nothing like fresh hair colour to amp up your look. Our experts share their tricks for making the most of your hue.
By Carli Whitwell
Hair colour confidential: How to be your best brunette

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brunette - hair story from Nov issue

The trend

Fall’s rich brunette tones have extra sparkle this season, thanks to thread-like highlights. Cool hues, such as ash, tobacco and dark chocolate, are perennial favourites for base colours.

Hair colour confidential: How to be your best brunettePhoto, Mike Marsland

Get the look

“Tone-on-tone” is your magic word, says Eric Del Monaco, official hair artist and colourist for L’Oréal Paris in Canada. That means asking for highlights just a shade or two lighter than your all-over colour. “It’s more discreet.”

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The maintenance

Brunettes who see hair fading can ask for a gloss or glaze every six weeks to boost shine and colour. (There are also at-home versions.) For richer colour between trips (or instead of going) to the salon, try a demi-permanent colour, which lasts 20 washes.
Minimize fading by using a dry shampoo.

Colour Refreshing Gloss For Cool Brunettes, $13, John Frieda.

Pro Series ColorFinity Dry Shampoo in Rich Darks, $7, Vidal Sassoon

Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy in Dark Auburn, $9, Clairol.

Hair colour confidential: How to be your best brunette

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