They say blondes have more fun, but try telling that to Suki Waterhouse who has recently swapped her trademark blonde locks for a new brunette style thanks to International Colour Director Jack Howard and Director Stephen Low at Neville Salon.

Brunette hairstyle - suki

For Suki’s brunette transformation, Jack pre-coloured the hair, dried it and then applied the final tone before Stephen cut and restyled it.

But there are tons of techniques for getting a healthy brunette look this autumn; here Jack talks us through some of his favourites…

“It’s key to keep orange and red tones out of brunette shades, we don’t see many celebs with orange hues unless they’re copper.

Brunettes are hot right now, lots of clients have been going darker and there are some amazing brunettes out there! Kim Kardashian looks amazing as a brunette, Alexa Chung (who went from dark to light at Neville) can slide between lighter browns and deeper ones, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Angelina Jolie to name a few, BUT it doesn’t have to be solid.

Brunette hairstyle

This is where Balayage has really evolved brunettes, adding dimension and texture without totally altering the overall feel of the colour. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to what nature gives us as children with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines – the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.

When going from blonde to brunette, you need to pre-colour before picking the right tone. When I Balayage I like to do brown on brown, or what I call a French Brown, with no more than 3 levels of lightness. If you don’t pre-colour the shade can go muddy or green, and it’s also essential for getting an even finish. Then you rinse out the pre-colour, dry fully and apply the final chosen shade.

Because the hair underneath the brown could be sensitised aftercare products that repair are essential- Even if hair isn’t sensitised, you should use a colour safe shampoo. Absolutely always use heat protector before blow drying.”

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