Toasted coconut isn't just a fun doughnut, iced coffee, or cookie flavor. It's also the name of a new bronde hair-color trend that stylists on Instagram are loving.
With fall fast approaching, people are dyeing their hair deep brunette hues at the roots and bright blonde at the ends for a high-contrast look. We asked two hairstylists to share all the basics you need to know about toasted coconut hair.
What exactly is toasted coconut hair?
Typically, bronde, which combines blonde and brown tones, focuses on having more brown all over with dimensional blonde highlights placed throughout. Toasted coconut, on the other hand, is less about intermingling the two popular hair colors and more about gradually fading them into each other like a 2018 take on ombré hair. "It's a very rich, dark root that softly transitions and melts into blonder ends," explains Ami Rexroth, a Baltimore-based colorist.
How do you get toasted coconut hair?
When Atlanta-based hairstylist Kayluh Stewart recently gave one of her clients toasted coconut hair, the process went like this: Stewart started off by dyeing her client's naturally brown hair a deeper shade to add depth and dimension to her roots, so the blonde ends would look even brighter. Next, lightener was carefully painted on with the popular color-melting technique. (For those who are unfamiliar with it, it's when colorists seamlessly blend shades together without any lines of demarcation.) After the bleach processed, Stewart toned the blonde with the iciest toner she could find to create the bold contrast that defines toasted coconut hair. (However, Rexroth mastered the same effect with a more honey-blonde shade.)
Who are the best candidates for toasted coconut hair?
Those who are naturally brunette should definitely take note. Since your roots will already be dark enough, Rexroth says toasted coconut is a low-maintenance way to add a rich, dimensional effect with bright tones to your hair. You won't have to worry about root touch-ups because the look will just become toastier, if you will, as your hair grows.
If you have gray hair and want some coverage, toasted coconut hair is still an option for you. Expect your hairstylist to dye your hair all over with a base color first, though. Once it's set, they'll go in with the lightener for the blonde section with a technique that is most comfortable for them, Rexroth says.
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