It’s a new year and time for a change. What better way to create an impactful new look than to change your hair color?
If you are considering a change of color, opting to become a brunette could be the ideal choice for 2022. Why? That’s what we’ll explore in this article.
- Bringing your brain to the workplace
Coloring your hair brown could deliver more benefits than you might imagine. Did you know, for example, that studies have shown that brunettes are perceived to be more studious and competent than blondes or redheads? Now, we’re in no way saying that they actually are, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be perceived as studious and competent in an employer’s eyes. And if you’re seeking work in 2022, then those perceptions can again play to your advantage. After all, first impressions count. Why wouldn’t you want to convey an impression of competence to an interviewer before you’ve even opened your mouth?
- Keeping up with the latest fashions
If you want to be on trend for 2022, it’s time to reach for the brown hair dye. A roundup by All Things Hair of the top 22 hairstyle trends for 2022 saw brunette hair colors place fourth overall and first in terms of color for this year. So, if keeping up with the latest style matters to you, it’s time to embrace your inner (and outer) brunette.
- A hair color for all seasons
Another compelling reason to become a brunette is that brown hair suits every season. During the colder months of the year, brown hair delivers a rich warmth that is much needed. Think luscious chocolate tones and you’re there.
As the weather warms up, the right shade of brown can shine glossily in the sunlight to wonderful effect. And when fall comes around, what color could work better against the backdrop of myriad red, orange yellow and brown shades as the leaves fall?
- Prioritizing the health of your hair
Let’s be honest. We put our hair through some pain, don’t we? All that heat styling and the repeated chemical treatments aren’t the best way to preserve your hair’s health over the longer term. Bleaching hair blonde can be particularly harsh on your delicate strands, so becoming a brunette is a much kinder approach. And who doesn’t want healthier hair?
- Levelling up your wardrobe
Becoming a brunette means rethinking your wardrobe – in a good way. Try and imagine a color that doesn’t look good with brown hair. Can’t think of one? Exactly.
Once you’re a brunette, you can wear pretty much anything and still look fabulous. No colors are out of bounds when it comes to your clothes, which means you can shop to your heart’s content without worrying about your hair clashing with your new attire
How to become a brunette
You have two options when it comes to dyeing your hair brown: putting yourself in the hands of a professional at a hairdressing salon or coloring your hair at home. Each has its advantages, so let’s look quickly at those now.
A trip to the salon means putting your hair in professional hands. That means access to expert advice not only on the perfect color to suit you, but also on how to keep your hair healthy when coloring it and how to care for it in a way that maintains the color for as long as possible.
Visiting the salon can also be an enjoyable pampering experience. And it comes with the added benefit of being able to have your hair cut at the same time. You could also opt to pay for a head massage, or a treatment designed to boost the health of your hair and scalp while you’re there.
Coloring your hair at home, on the other hand, can be done without the salon price tag. There’s also far less pressure. You can browse colors at your leisure online before committing to one, rather than being put on the spot and having to make a rushed decision in the salon. You can also color your hair at the time you choose, rather than having to do it on a day when you might not be feeling it.
If you are coloring at home, be sure to follow the instructions on the hair dye packet carefully, including taking reasonable steps to protect your skin, towels and bathroom from turning brunette along with your hair. Always wear gloves when applying the color and have plenty of old towels to hand. Keep a window open for ventilation and never leave hair color on for longer than the packet states you should – that’s home hair dyeing rule 101!
Coloring your hair at home can feel like a big undertaking, so if you need a bit of a confidence boost, why not check out a few video tutorials first? The internet is awash with advice and guidance on how to color your hair safely, so you can build your knowledge up before you start. Remember to do a strand test a couple of days beforehand too.
Maintaining your new brunette hair color
Dyeing your hair brown is just the first part of your new adventure as a brunette. You also need to be ready to maintain your new color, keeping it glossy and shiny for as long as possible.
To do so, be sure to invest in some decent haircare products that are designed specifically for brown hair. A shampoo, conditioner and nourishing hair mask should be your absolute minimum. These can help maintain your color for longer.
It’s also important to leave your hair for as long as possible before washing it after the dyeing process is complete, regardless of whether you’ve colored it at home or in the salon. It can take as long as 72 hours for your cuticles to fully absorb the color, so washing your hair before then risks your new brunette style fading fast.
Bear all of this in mind and you’ll soon be enjoying 2022 as a beautiful brunette!