The Celeb-Approved Fall Hair Color Guide for Brunettes
Fall is here, and so is our need for change. We're ready to swap our sun-parched highlights and sea-salty waves in favor of the season's newest and most exciting hues. And this time, we're serving up the best brunette inspiration Hollywood has to offer.
I tapped a few coveted colorists for their take on fall's coolest trends and then included the celebrities who have already started sporting the shades on their glossy brown hair. Keep reading, grab a fall-themed coffee beverage, and get ready for all the hair inspiration you need.
Lawrence Wesley, senior colorist at Antonio Prieto Salon, explains, "This color goes great with the rust, dark teal and bright jewel tones—colors we saw a lot of on the runway for fall. To do it, ask that your colorist applies a dark cool brown single process all over, with a few hand-painted or foil highlights placed throughout. Gloss it over with a warm brown tone—only half a shade lighter—for shine and dimension."
Nunzio Saviano's colorist Jason Dolan agrees chocolate browns and deep espressos are a perfect pick-me-up for dark brunettes as the weather cools.
The entire process should take about an hour and a half, and Wesley suggests it's for you if your summer bronze has faded and you want a new, striking look. It's also perfect for those tired of the "brond" color phenomenon. (We feel you.)
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Corey Tuttle, a Honey Artist hairstylist, recommends a delicate blend of soft copper, red, and gold. "It's super flattering on girls with naturally light to medium brown hair. Sun-kissed auburn is a deeper, more autumnal look without being too dark. Have your colorist balayage either in delicate highlights or a sombré (a softer, subtler touch than ombré) and customize brighter pieces around your face to flatter your eyes and cheekbones. Ask for very fine highlights placed along the surface of your hair with more boldness hand-painted throughout."
This technique is done over a natural or tinted base and takes about two hours to complete. It's great if you're looking to make your color richer for fall but don't want the change to feel too severe.
Kate Mara's color is the perfect example.
Tuttle also suggests going for a tigereye hue with caramel highlights paired with a warm brunette or dark chocolate base. Kennaland head colorist Laura Estroff agrees: "It's the perfect thing to refresh your sun-bleached locks. Ask for lowlights, and then add some subtle dimension by having your colorist paint on a few face-framing highlights."
Dolan adds, "Root shadowing in deep roots with a contrast of rich honey blond highlights is great for light brunettes." It's natural and will be enough of a change to keep you satiated until spring. Plus, it'll only take an hour for your colorist to complete.
Keep scrolling for our favorite tigereye-haired celebrities.
What's your most coveted fall hair color? Let us know in the comments below!