Just as you might swap a pale summer ale for something heartier when the temperature drops, hair colors are following suit for fall. Sure, that's nothing unusual for this time of year, but this season, thanks to hair colorist Colin Caruso, it's a bit more literal. While visiting a brewery earlier this fall, the John Paul Mitchell Systems artistic director of color didn't only kick back a few pints of brown ale — he turned it into a hair color.
Like its namesake beverage, "brown ale hair" has a deep mahogany base and swirls of amber highlights. "It's different from traditional brunettes because of the richness and the depth it provides," Caruso told Glamour. "It’s warm without the brassy or mousy undertones some people associate with traditional brunettes." He says the shade is perfect for this time of year since it's a great way to go deeper and richer for the cold weather ahead, while still offering a touch of warmth.
To get that warmth without veering into brassy territory, Caruso emphasizes asking your stylist for rich and warm highlights — and dimension is key. "If you're cautious about going darker, tell them to start slow," he says. "Add some lowlights or drop your toner down a level or two. No need to rush — you have all winter to take the plunge." He also recommends asking your colorist for a demipermanent color if your hair has been damaged from your summer blonde.
Another reason he says a demipermanent color is key to this shade is because of the crazy shine it provides. "Dark hair needs to look rich and healthy, and the demipermanent color is ammonia-free, to ensure your hair is shiny and healthy," says Caruso. He also notes that another bonus with demipermanent color is that it lasts only six to eight weeks, which is perfect if you're just dipping your toes into a color trend. "You get the rich healthy look of brown ale hair without the long-term commitment, ensuring your hair will be happy, healthy, and ready for summer blonding soon enough."
If you're ready to cross over to the dark side (permanent or not), scroll on for some of our favorite examples of the trend, and get ready to screenshot your heart out.
Now check out some other fall and winter hair-color trends:
- This Fall Foliage Hair Color Captures All the Beautiful Shades of Changing Leaves
- Ashlee Simpson’s New Hair Color Is the Perfect Shade of Pink for Fall
- Why Colorists Are Obsessed With "Tweed" Hair This Fall
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Originally Appeared on Allure