Celebrity Trend: Better As a Brunette?

These stars have gone over to the dark side. Here's some tips on how you can change your hair color, too.
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Go gradual.
You don’t have to go dark overnight. “If you have blond hair, ask your colorist to add some darker shades to it,” suggests McCard. “Or go two shades — versus five shades — darker than your current color.” If you’re happy with it, then progress to deeper tones. If you’re curious to see what you’d look like as a brunette, you might want to try a temporary color like Touchback Hair Color ($29.95, touchbackgray.com) to add lowlights, or just a section of your hair. The dye is housed in a magic marker type device. It comes in eight colors and washes out in one shampoo.

touchback hair color

Lighten up.
“When going dark, particularly if you’re coming from having blond hair, the color needs to have dimension – in other words, not one solid shade,” she says. (We’re talking to you, Hayden!) Instead, work in some highlights to soften darker tresses. “When you say highlights people think ‘blond,’ but you can have tone-on-tone highlights and still be a brunette,” explains McCard. John Frieda’s Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock, Leave On Perfecting Glosser ($5.99, drugstore.com) adds gloss to color-treated brown hair.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock

Choose the right products.
Keep your newly colored locks looking luscious with Moroccan oil. “It restores shine to hair and it’s weightless so there’s no build-up,” says McCard. To keep color rich, use a color depositing shampoo (or cut the intensity by mixing your regular shampoo with a color-depositing one) once a week.

Moroccan Oil Treatment for all hair types ($28.89, buy.com)

Moroccan Oil Treatment

 Less is more.
“Your hair color should look good even if you have no makeup on,” McCard says. In other words, it should naturally complement your skin tone — not wash it out and force you to load on makeup to look good. “Darker hair will be the first thing people notice about you, so you don’t need heavy eye shadow — keep makeup simple and swipe on lip gloss to make lips shine,” says McCard.

ELF lip gloss 5 piece super glossy set ($5, target.com)

elf lip gloss

Tell us: Have you ever dramatically changed your hair color?

Rachel Grumman is a freelance health and beauty writer based in New York City.


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0 thoughts on “Celebrity Trend: Better As a Brunette?

  1. Ann13 says:

    Honestly, I think I like them both better as blondes

  2. FBNYC says:

    I think they both look better as blondes, too. Brown hair helps to make light eyes pop and brings attention to more defined features, but blonde hair lightens up the whole face. They both look much younger as blondes.

  3. jessica03 says:

    They both look younger with blonde hair.

  4. kitty says:

    Ug Katherine Heigl looks hideous. But darker works on Nicole Richie. However … BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN!!

  5. sabina says:

    totally agreed, Katherine Heigl just doesn’t look right with that do.

  6. deborah says:

    all of these women look SO much better BLONDE.

  7. amber_gurl says:

    I don’t like Katherine Heigl’s hair at all, but, I’m torn on Nicole Richie. She is beautiful either way to me but I think the brunette is growing better daily.

  8. FFlotus says:

    blonde for both.

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