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Hair Trends 2012: Brunette Hair Color

Updated on August 31, 2017

Hair Trends 2012: Brunette Hair Color

Brunette is hot. Actually, it is more than hot. It is fun, smart, and elegant. 2012 is all about bold, bright, and rich colors. Brunettes can take it to the next level with hints of cinnamon and cocoa. Here you will find the hottest Brunettes colors of 2012. Pictures and tips to help you get the perfect brunette coloring for you.

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Favorite Brunette

There are a lot of brunettes in the world, but let's admit it, so of them look wonderful.

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What is better: Dark, Rich Browns or Light Subtle Browns?

What is better: Dark, Rich Browns or Light Subtle Browns?

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Honey Brown - Brunette Trend for Summer 2012

Tired of the darker look? Or maybe you want to get that summer glow in places other than your skin. Either way, this is the look to achieve. It is a rich medium brown full of warm overtones and topped with a swirl of honey.

This works exceptionally well on women with warm skin, but cool skinned ladies don't be afraid to try it out.

Print it out and bring it to your stylist.

Dark Chocolate Brunette - TREND ALERT

This just in as of all this season....long, dark chocolatey layers. This color doesn't stand out on its own, it makes you brilliant. Ask your stylist for a dark brown that is rich in undertones of chocolate and keep the layers very long...

Jessica Biel's Brunette Look

Dying Hair Brown: A Tutorial

The Brunette Hues of the Season

Last Spring we saw bright, warm brunettes, but this Fall and into Spring 2012 we are going to see a lot of cool browns. Think chocolate milk, taupe, and violet-based brunettes.

There will be highlights, but they will be very natural. More ombres than straight lined sections of color.

Photo: Redken

Brunettes Gone Red

Brunettes are beautiful, but there is nothing more beautiful than a brunette who has her stylist had red over/undertones to the natural base of color.

Adding red tones to a beautiful head of brown hair is sure to get you excited about your hair. Ask your stylist to add under and over tones of reds that compliment your skin tone. This way your natural red will come out and that brown will shine through, but not overpower your new hues.

Black Brown - A Color to Go Bold With

If you decide that you want to go black-brown, you better really want to do it! That black color will never truly leave your hair follicles without serious damage to your hair a la a stylist.

Black brown hair color is gorgeous. Don't be afraid to play with you hairstyle. Keep it super long with blunt bangs or chop it pixie style to be edgy.

Shannyn's Medium Brown Locks

A longer pixie pairs beautifully with a one tone medium brown hue. Ask your stylist to choose a natural medium brown tone that will compliment your skin.

Cool Light Brown Tones

Keep those cool light brown tones long and shiny. Use serum, straighten it...make it beautiful!

Auburn Brown

This is a beautiful tone regardless of what the season is telling us to do. DO this. Go bold. Be a red brownie and you will have men knocking down your door!!! Ask your stylist to lace copper and auburn tones throughout your hair. Your hair will come out looking bright, dazzling, and extremely three-dimensional.

Brunettes with red over/undertones capture the stage much more than brunettes with blonde in their hair.

Peanut Buttery Brown Hair

Dare to try a taupey, peanut buttery brown look like Mandy Moore did. It is a cooler, yet warm shade that will work with any complexion.

Makeup tips for Brunettes - From the StyleList

Make up is not important, but it can make your face and your hair work together beautifully. Here are some of the best tips from top Stylists:

- Either go minialist or go glam!

Let's look at makeup for each shade of brunette:

Deep, espresso brunettes: You can pull off this season's hot trend of vibrant red or wine lips. If you have fair skin, look for softer tones in your makeup like light browns, peaches, and neutrals. Darker skin tones should lean toward warmer shades like honey, caramel, or brown. When in doubt, lighter complexions should look for hints of pink and deeper complexions should look for touches of gold shimmer.

Chocolate browns: On medium to dark skin tones, opt for makeup with copper and honey shades for a soft look. Fair-skinned gals should avoid mauve or anything with silver because it looks too artificial -- especially for daytime. Brown eyeliner and eye shadow is especially flattering.

Brunettes Worst Enemies - Sun and Water

Summer is tough on brunettes. Whether you color or not, 'tis the season for formerly rich, chocolate-y hues to turn brassy and washed out thanks to leisurely weekends spent at the beach or by the pool.

Use a color-sealing shampoo - Such as the new Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, which smells like summer peaches and keeps color vibrant. Also look for styling products with added UV filters, like Pureology Nano Glaze blow-dry cream.

Wear a hat - Seriously, this is the best way to protect your color, and there are enough cute hats out there now that you won't look like a dork. Lisa also recommends carrying a sun-preserving product like Kérastase Micro-Voile Protecteur in your beach bag and reapply as often as you do sunscreen.

Get a salon treatment - Lisa says to ask your colorist for a cellophane treatment (also called a gloss or a glaze), which provides a protective top coat that will help keep your color true and counteract brassy tones.

Avoid Fading

The #1 killer of good hair color and gloss is fading. And while fading is unfortunately something that can’t be prevented totally, the level of fading that your brown hair color experiences can be reduced by:

Only washing your hair when absolutely necessary.

Using a shampoo and conditioner that’s designed for color treated hair (which helps to lock in color).

Keeping heat styling, such as using a blow-dryer, hair straightener or curling iron, to a minimum.

Using hair care products with SPF protection and covering your hair with a hat or scarf when in the sun (which is also a must for your skin).

Light Brown

Deep Chocolate Brown and a Side Part

Katie Holmes has the prettiest brunette tone when it comes to that deep, chocolate tone. Here, she is styling her hair a la Bob, as she grows out that pixie crop.

Getting this look is simple. If you already have short hair, you will need to apply shine serum and a frizz-free mousse. Blow dry and turn under as you're doing so. Before the hair is completely dry, add a smidgen of hair wax. Finger comb it through your hair, styling the hair at the same time. Finish blow drying.

If you would like to achieve this haircut, you need to ask your stylist for a one-length bob that meets the chin, plus long, side-swept bangs. The key to this hairstyle is the ability to create that deep side part and bangs that frame the face, not cover it.

Hair Supplies

Okay, I am not trying to sell you on any of these things, however, all of these were hand-picked by me because I have used them or are using them currently. I have a longer pixie crop and I find that these work great for my thick, wavy hair. I hope you can find something that will help you achieve the hairstyle that you want. Good Luck!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Creme, 5 Ounces
John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Creme, 5 Ounces

This really really works if you want to slick back your hair OR are looking to tackle frizz. It won't make your hair super hard or appear as though product is in it.


Dark Brown Hair, Perfect for Cool Skin

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      6 years ago

      my hair is light brown makes me look rother blond , I used to love it but I want to try darker colors


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