Photo of two brunettes with hair styled and colored by Windowwall Salon.


Shimmering brunette hair is a classic favorite. There are many ways to get this look. Sometimes we need gray coverage, more dimension, or several tones of a level of brown that make it feel more natural and show more depth. I have noticed a high demand for cool toned browns that cancel red and brassy hues.

I have had new clients who have tried to find the perfect brown shade, or it is always going too red, too brassy, or just not rich enough. Autumn and winter are the perfect time for rich and reflective brunette tones. Shades like jade brown, rich cocoa, espresso, and matte golden brown have been a favorite this season. I have found the perfect reflective warm and cool brunette tones for these looks.

The most important thing with this color is to cancel unwanted brass or flatness, and dullness. When this color is reflected it looks shiny and bright without having any washed out pigments. The right shades bring out the best skin tones that will keep us looking fresh and glowing during the colder months. My favorite examples of this are cool espresso and a coffee/chocolate brunette.

Lindsey came in with her natural roots grown out a few inches so she wanted some gray coverage. She also needed to cancel the red and brassy mid-to-ends, and over-processed breaking ends. There were around 3 different shades of brass, red, and brown. We trimmed the ends, reshaped her layers, and that gave us a healthy head of hair to work with. We did Goldwell TopChic on the roots and Colorance on the mids to ends. This brought us one level darker, using the depth of the cool ash tone to create a rich almost slate-espresso brunette. The ash reflects the most when the light hits it, rather than looking red or brassy in different kinds of room lighting. We did an Olaplex treatment to further repair Lindsay’s hair, and finished with a Phytokeratine mask and leave-in heat protector spray.

Amanda wanted to go darker to a rich chocolate brunette. Rather than reds, this medium brown has some gold tones in it. She wanted a bob with bangs as well, so we did that before the color, but there were also some hightlights left. She wasn’t sure she wanted to be dark forever, maybe just for winter, so we did a semi-permanent Goldwell Colorance gloss. This gave us great dimension with the ends having some existing highlights. The slight gold tones look so shiny and the light reflects a balanced all over coffee/dark chocolate colored brunette.

I used a similar formula for my client who wanted a tint back from blonde balayage she had previously, and wanted a rich and soft warm brown. We were able to do a semi permanent with Cover Plus by Goldwell, that is long lasting for the colder season, but can gradually transition back to lighter shades for summer.

xo, WW

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