We’re officially entering the final days of summer, and I must admit, while I love the warmer months, I’m ready to swap my flip flops for boots and my iced coffee for a pumpkin spice latte. Wardrobe and seasonal beverages aside, I also look forward to fall hair color inspiration more than any other season—and with 2020 being the year of the brunette, one of the best color trends to land on my Instagram feed so far is chocolate almond.
While chocolate brown is nothing new, the chocolate almond hair trend puts a warm-toned, caramel-drizzled twist on the popular shade. If you’re interested in finding out everything you need to know about chocolate almond hair color, keep scrolling.
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What is chocolate almond hair?
Think of biting into a chocolate-covered almond—the sweet treat coated with rich chocolate and toasted almonds at the center. Chocolate almond hair is a chocolatey brunette hue with notes of caramel and gold throughout. To create those golden tones throughout a brunette base, your colorist will need to use bleach to lift your current hue before applying highlights or creating a balayage. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause some damage, but your colorist can work with you to improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.
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Who does chocolate almond hair work best for?
Chocolate almond hair is ideal for brunettes searching for a low-maintenance, dimensional hair color for fall. While warm-toned hues typically look best on warm skin tones, chocolate almond hair is customizable—meaning your colorist can tailor your specific shade to fit any skin tone.
How do you maintain chocolate almond hair?
While chocolate almond hair color is considered low-maintenance, you’ll still want to upgrade your hair care routine and maintain regular touch-up appointments every eight to 12 weeks to keep your new hue looking fresh and vibrant for as long as possible. First, swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system specifically for color-treated hair. We recommend Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner from the L'Oréal portfolio of products. This sulfate-free system features the brand’s RCT protein complex to treat color-treated hair from the root, to the core, to the tip.
Your strands can look and feel a bit dry after a bleach session or two. If your mane needs an extra dose of nourishment, use a hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque once a week. Formulated with gold quinoa and protein, this formula deeply nourishes weakened hair, leaving it softer and shinier.
When it comes to styling, excess heat can quickly fade the luster of your salon hue. If you frequently reach for your hot tools, be sure to add a heat protectant like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray to your routine.
Now that you know all about chocolate almond hair, you can decide if this low-maintenance shade is right for you.
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