I’ll admit it. When I was younger, I had a case of blonde envy. I wanted golden surfer girl hair. And I wanted it bad. If only my little 13-year-old self had known that the deep, dark hair flowing out of my head would one day become the hair color of the moment. Emily Blunt recently went super dark—a full three shades darker than her natural hue, says her colorist Tracey Cunningham of Byron and Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills. Hairstylist Paul Hanlon dyed models’ hair nearly black for Proenza Schouler’s fall 2012 runway. And of course, there’s Rooney Mara. Want to try out the trend? Here, Cunningham’s tips for going extra dark:
__Be extra sure you want to go dark.__Trying on a wig before coloring your hair may sound like a waste of time, but it’s worth it. That’s because A) not everyone looks good with super dark hair and B) it’s a major commitment. “It’s not easy to go back,” says Cunningham. If you’re very fair, it’s OK to be lazy: Very fair skin is always pretty with deep, dark brown hair, says Cunningham.
__Know what to ask for.__Go for a dark monochromatic tone—that means no highlights or low lights. “It’s just really striking and pretty,” says Cunningham, adding that you can go for a warm brown, dark chestnut-y brown, or even bluish black.
Start using a shine enhancer—stat. “When you have dark hair, you want it to be super shiny and glossy,” says Cunningham. Spray the shine product on your palms first, blot with a tissue, and then run what’s left over your finished style to enhance shine without weighing down your hair. Try Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist (Cunningham is a spokeswoman for Redken).
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