BEAUTY 911: "I Feel Like a bit of a Shrinking Violet"

Take brown hair from boring to BOOM in two easy, at-home steps!
Publish date:
May 10, 2012
john frieda, shoppable, brunette, shrinking violet, Hair Color

Heeey Julie,

So I've been rocking my standard long brown hair with a fringe look for so long that I'm starting to feel like a bit of a shrinking violet. I want to get my hair bleached and dye it a bright color. The problem is there are so many amazing colourful heads out there that I'm unsure what type of color to use and how to apply it. Any advice?

- Cassy

As a lifelong brunette, I've often had the same impulse, especially since the hair of my dreams is a My Little Pony mane complete with pastel streaks and strands of glitter. Alas, it's just too much work. I have enough to worry about with my skincare regimen.

Bleaching dark hair and dyeing it bright means you're in for double the maintenance to fight brassiness and fading. My advice is to enhance your already dark hair instead and play with color the temporary way, with clip-in pieces. So much more manageable.

The easiest way to upgrade your brown hair is with a gloss, a treatment you can totally do at home. I'm a huge fan of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Luminous Color Glaze, which I use about three times a week.If you're looking for something more dramatic, try taking your brown a shade deeper. John Frieda's Precision Foam Color is another at-home favorite.

Zoe Wiepert of Bumble and bumble taught me this genius trick for making a dark dye job look natural: leave out the hair around your face and apply your color to everything else. This prevents uniform, wig-esque results and looks much less severe.

When you feel like playing with color, why not add a few brightly colored clip in hair extensions? I love Pop Clip-In Color because they're insanely comfortable and easy to use and they actually look believable.

So what do you think of brightly colored hair extension? Would you wear them? Do you love My Little Pony hair or are you sick to death of this color trend? Tell me!

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