Summer is coming to an end and that means it’s time to pack away your summer clothes and break out your favorite scarves and boots. Fall isn’t just for flannel shirts and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s also the perfect time to experiment with autumn-inspired colors.
If you’re looking for the perfect color to transition to fall, you’re going to be obsessed with the latest color trend: chocolate cherry hair. Much like other colors inspired by our favorite drinks, foods, and desserts, you won’t be able to get enough of this deliciously sweet color.
What is chocolate cherry hair?
Inspired by everyone’s favorite pie, chocolate cherry hair looks just about as good as chocolate cherry pie taste. To achieve this shade, your colorist will artfully blend shades of rich chocolate brown with vibrant cherry tint. The final result is a shade that is equal parts red and brunette—and 100 percent stunning.
What kind of maintenance does chocolate cherry hair require?
Caring for chocolate cherry hair can be a bit tricky. While brunette is one of the easiest hues to maintain, shades of red are notoriously difficult to preserve. How you tailor your hair care routine depends on whether your chosen shade is more chocolate or more cherry.
If you settle on a shade that is a bit more crimson than cocoa, stock your bathroom with products formulated for red strands. We recommend swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for Pureology’s Reviving Red Shamp’Oil and Reflective Conditioner. The shampoo and conditioner system is formulated with jaljala oil and the exclusive OleoAntiFadeComplex to help replenish hair and maintain vibrant shades of red or copper colored hair.
If your perfect shade is bit more mahogany, you’ll want to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to nourish your locks and make your color last as long as possible. We recommend Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. Gently cleanse, condition, strengthen, and protect color-treated hair with Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo. Formulated with Redken’s exclusive Interlock Protein Network and Charge-Attract Complex deliver charged amino-ions that attract to the hair fiber to form a barrier. Lightweight and non-stripping, hair feels fortified and color radiance is secured for optimal-looking vibrancy.
If you are a natural brunette, you should be able to stretch the time between root touch-ups several weeks—maybe even months. Whereas if you’re not a natural brunette, expect to head back to the salon for touch-ups every six to eight weeks. No matter how long you go in between color touch-ups, we recommend maintaining the haircut schedule your stylist has deemed best for your hair.
While bleach is not usually necessary when coloring hair shades of brunette and red, color services can often make your hair look and feel drier than normal. Combat strands that feel dry by incorporating a hydrating deep conditioning mask into your weekly routine. We suggest Kérastase’s Reflection Masque Chromatique Hair Mask.
How does chocolate cherry hair look best?
Unlike popular balayage and ombre techniques, your chocolate cherry hue will be expertly blended throughout every strand of hair. That mean your color will look absolutely flawless whether you decide to take the plunge and finally slay that pixie cut you’ve been dreaming about or let your on-trend lob grow out into princess-length locks.
If you’re looking to pair your new hue with one of the trendiest cuts of the year, we suggest asking for a shag cut. Ask your stylist to feather out your hair with the end goal of boosting volume at your crown. The resulting style is textured with tons of movement throughout.
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