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Rich chocolate brown layered with warm caramel and pale walnut form a decadent color palette as tempting as dessert. Layering the colors along steep diagonals creates a swirling blend of hues that’s melty, not stripy. This color works well on a variety of layered shapes, both long and short. Click the notes for application tips and professional formulas. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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The tiger’s eye gemstone is a lustrous brown veined with thin lines of sparkling quartz. To steal the gem’s beauty for your strands, thin strips of golden beige are painted lightly over the surface of a rich warm brown. The lighter pieces illuminate the brown tone  and emphasize movement in the hair, making them a perfect match for soft waves. Click the notes for professional formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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When it comes to color trends, brunettes can sometimes feel left out. Their hue isn’t as flashy as red or blonde, but it is precisely because of its subtlety that brown hair is such a great place for creativity. Brown is made by mixing the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—and varying the proportions creates a nearly infinite variety of tones. The color shown above—on the lovely Jessica Biel—has a high proportion of warmth, which gives it a golden-red shine that’s softened with an ashy overlay. Bits of paler honey woven through provide extra shimmer. Get the formulas and tips on application in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Rich, earthy, and full of flavor, the cocoa bean only becomes the fragrant, flavor substance we know after patient drying, fermentation and roasting. These processes result in subtle complexity, which inspired the hue pictured here. This chocolatey shade is the result of careful blending and layering to create depth and intricacy without muddiness. Get the formula for this chocolatey shade and tips on application in the notes. Click for StyleNotes →


Warm and earthy, natural umber is on one the oldest pigments used by man. It was a favorite hue of classic chiaroscuro painters Caravaggio and Rembrandt. The shade is soft, rich and layered. It contains a mix of gold, red and charcoal hues that makes an unusual yet understated brown. Click the notes for the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

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