A change of seasons is a great excuse for changing up your color, something often easier said than done for brunettes. Darker shades reflect less light, so changes in tone aren’t as noticeable. As a result, most brunettes tend to stick with their signature hue, maybe adding a few caramel highlights in the summer. This look switches it up and creates dimension with ribbons of navy blue painted through the lower layers. The shade is subtle enough not to upset your boss, and trendy enough to take your autumn style to another level. Click the notes to learn more about this trending color placement. –– Laura Martin 

Step: Section off about 1” on either side of the natural part and clip away before applying color. This will leave a veil of your primary hue on the top surface, allowing the blue to peak out underneath.

Step: Apply the blue in thick slices or hand-painted sections to create defined ribbons. Thin strips or subtle weaves will disappear into the base shade, creating a muddy effect instead of cool contrast.

Step: Use a permanent non-oxidative dye like Goldwell Elumen Bl@all for a long-lasting result or try a classic demi-permament like Goldwell Colorance 2A mixed 2:1 with clear. (Used on its own, 2A will appear black.)

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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