By Carol Kim
Bored of your same old brown but don’t want to make a major change like going platinum blond? There are plenty of ways to bring back the life and shine of your color without making a drastic change. Whether you want to brighten, deepen or just add more vibrance, here are tips and tricks for the best results.
If your hair isn’t as brilliant as it used to be, for a quick fix, try a gloss or deep conditioner. “Use a glaze in your shade of brown to make it look richer,” says Sean Gallagher, colorist at Pipino Salon in New York City. It hydrates, smoothes and leaves tresses with a high-gloss finish. Use a deep conditioner each week to maintain the radiance -- it helps seal cuticles and lock in color.
Find the Right Color
If you decide to lighten or darken brown hair, “Stay within one shade of your natural hue for the most flattering results,” says New York City colorist Renee Patronik. To select the best new shade for you, pick a dye that complements your skin tone -- complexions can look dramatically different depending on hair color. Keep in mind:
Once you’ve selected your new brown hue, follow these application tips for deep, rich hair color that lasts:
After you dye your hair, use color-safe shampoos and conditioners to keep your color vibrant -- they’re gentle and help lock in your new shade. Sun exposure, chlorine from swimming pools and daily use of hot tools can fade hair color, so remember to use a thermal protectant with UV filters. When you care for your hair properly, “results should last about five weeks,” says Patronik.
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