Brunettes Dominate Hair Color Trends for Fall 2011

Trends in Hair Color – Fall 2011

In the Pacific Northwest, our short burst of summer is drawing to a close. Days are getting shorter, temperatures are (supposed to be) cooling off and the rains are just around the corner, reminding us that autumn is near. For many Portland and Vancouver natives, the return of the rain is like an old friend coming home.

But what does this shift in the seasons mean for your beauty regimen? Just one thing – it is time to shake off the bright colors and highlights of summer and go dark. For Fall 2011, brunettes have it best. Luckily, brunette hair compliments nearly every complexion, so it is easy to make the shift to darker hair in an array of shades from caramel to chocolate to black.

Brunette Brides
This summer, we saw brunette brides capture the interest of the world, or at least of the paparazzi, as they walked down the aisle in stunning white dresses contrasted by gorgeous dark tresses.

'Will & Kate Canada Day 2011' photo (c) 2011, Dave Johnston - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/Kiss me Kate
Most notable was the royal wedding of William and Kate in April. Even toilet-seat shaped hats and hot single sister Pippa couldn’t steal the show from the classic brunette beauty Kate. Now everyone wants her grace and style and hair.

Kate’s long, dark hair is a mid-range shade with a lot of depth. It sets off her features and works with both jewel tones (did you see that sapphire?) and of course her traditional white dress.

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Keeping up with Kim
Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries, while not royal, did make a splash in the States. The lavish black-and-white affair for more than 400 guests heated up the tabloids in August.

The bride herself was the epitome of black and white, pairing a white Juicy Couture track suit reading “Mrs. Humphries,” a white Vera Wang wedding gown, and an ivory satin V-neck reception gown all with the same accessory – her flowing dark hair. Kim’s hair is nearly black, flirting with the darkest end of the brunette spectrum.

Choose your Shade
No matter what your natural or current hair color, you can go darker for the fall. Choose from warm browns like caramel, medium toned chocolates, and dark-as-midnight blacks.

Don’t worry, blondes – you can enjoy your own version of brunette mystery with a few simple changes. Ask your colorist to shift you away from white blondes and ashy tones by adding in darker golden colors or coppery blonde streaks. Mixing some red tones into your color can keep you on trend for the fall without losing all of your blonde locks.

Tall, Dark, and Handsome
Men don’t have to stick with hair color that’s been washed out by the summer sun. All the latest men’s hairstyles – the schoolboy fringe, classic part, and slickback – all look great in dark brunette colors. Think Cary Grant meets Orlando Bloom or a great Clark Gable/George Clooney mashup. These dark hairstyles are easy to maintain and easy on the eyes.

Get the Look
To find the brunette that’s just right for you, first you need to determine your skin tone. Look at the underside of your wrist. If the veins you see there are blue- purple, you’re skin is a cool tone. If they are more blue-green, you’re skin is a warm tone. (Need more help determining your skin tone? Click here for more tips.)

People with a cool skin tone can choose an intense brown or red base and highlight it with contrasting wheat, honey, taupe or ash shades. If you have a warm skin tone, try a deep, rich base for your hair color like dark golden brown, chestnut, mahogany or auburn. For a little zip, you can highlight with red, cinnamon or copper streaks.

For the best results, work with your Phagans Portland hair salon colorist to determine just the right shade of brunette that will complement your natural looks and keep you on trend for the fall.


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