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How to Get a Dirty Brunette Hair Color

octubre 25, 2019

We’re sure you’re familiar with dirty blonde, but have you heard of dirty brown hair? Yes, brunettes now have their very own dirty hue trending in the hair color world, and we have to say it’s quite gorgeous. If you’re looking to switch up your beauty look by adding a bit of dimension to your brown locks, consider giving a dirty brunette hair color a try. Want to learn more? Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about this hair color trend, so you can rock your own dirty ‘do.


A dirty brunette hair color is likely just what you imagine—a brunette version of dirty blonde. More specifically, it’s actually an inverse of the color. The hue consists of a brunette base mixed with varying shades of golden blonde highlights for a dimensional, warm, low-maintenance hair color. Sounds pretty, right?


If you want to give a dirty brunette hair color a try, we recommended booking an appointment at your favorite salon. Your colorist will know exactly where to place golden blonde highlights throughout your brunette mane for a natural-looking, dimensional color. Consider yourself a DIY kind of gal? If you want to get the look at home, turn to an at-home highlighting kit. The L’Oréal Paris La Petite Frost in Creme Caramel should serve you well—just be sure to carefully follow the included instructions.


Once you have your dirty brown hair color, you’ll likely want to keep it looking its best, right? While dirty brunette hair is a low-maintenance look, it still calls for the right hair care tips to keep it looking its best. Read on to learn what to do.

Tip #1: Use a system for color-treated hair. You may be tempted to use your usual system of shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask, but color-treated hair requires switching things up. To wash your dirty brunette strands, use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. First, wash your hair with the shampoo, working it into a lather before rinsing. Next, condition the length of your hair for one to three minutes.

Tip #2: Keep your mane brass-free. As you likely already know, brown hair that has been bleached and highlighted tends to get brassy over time. Luckily, that’s where purple shampoo and conditioner come into play. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Shampoo for Color Treated Hair and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Conditioner for Color Treated Hair or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Conditioner to use in place of your color-safe shampoo and conditioner anytime you notice your dirty brunette hair starting to get brassy.

Tip #3: Use deep conditioner. Bleached hair tends to be drier and can become damaged over time. When you notice your strands are in need of a hydration boost, swap your conditioner with a daily deep conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner.


What about when it comes to styling your locks? Like we said, dirty brown hair is full of dimension, so you’ll want to style it in a way that shows that off! Here’s how.

Hairstyle #1: Loose waves. Effortless, loose waves are the perfect way to create beachy texture throughout your mane. To get the look, spritz a wave spray onto towel-dried hair, scrunch, then let it dry. Hello, waves!

Hairstyle #2: Fishtail braid. A fishtail braid has a beautiful texture that will show the different tones in your hair in every weave. For a more romantic look, sweep it to the side! (Rusty on your braiding skills? Here’s Our Easy Fishtail Braid Tutorial.)

Hairstyle #3: Messy bedhead. A hairstyle and hair color match made in heaven? We’d have to say messy, textured bedhead and dirty brunette hair are exactly that. Grab a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty and work it throughout your mane, scrunching to define your layers. We’d say this look is perfectly imperfect.

Next up: Want to try a different trending brunette shade? Here’s How to Get a Cinnamon Hair Color.

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