Most things in life require a little added spice. When you’re cooking dinner, you might add a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor in your dish. Cookies might benefit from added allspice and nutmeg. When it comes to innovative hair color, we apply the same idea—which is why a shade like cinnamon brown hair is trending right now!
For everything you need to know about cinnamon brown hair color—including who should wear it and what the maintenance is like—we spoke with Redken artist Laura Carmichael. Whether you have dark brown hair or gray balayage, you’re going to fall in love with this transitional shade for fall and winter.
Ready to add spice to your life? Keep reading.
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What is cinnamon brown hair color?
While the past few years have made icy and ashy shades practically unavoidable, the pendulum was always bound to swing the other way eventually. Just as honey blonde shades start to make waves in the blonde community, we’re starting to see a renewed interest in warm hues for brunettes. Cinnamon brown hair is a play on red that doesn’t require you to go totally ginger—just to wink at it a little. Carmichael attributes it to the trendiness of colors from decades long past.
“We are seeing trends from previous decades return like no other—specifically trends from the ’70s and ‘90s—but with more natural shades added in. ‘Cool’ hair without any warmth was popular for so long, so it’s exciting to see something so youthful and rich make a return,” the hair pro says.
Starting with a chocolate brown base, your stylist will work to incorporate hints of orange-red all over your head. Instead of overwhelming your complexion by suddenly going auburn, you’ll feel like a brunette with a kick of spice.
“I think what sets cinnamon brown apart from other brown shades is the warmth and richness that peeks through in the color just ever so slightly,” Carmichael explains. “Cinnamon can really radiate a natural and youthful glow!”
Who should try cinnamon brown hair color?
The nice thing about a shade like cinnamon brown is that it enhances your base shade instead of changing it completely. A shift like this is smart if you’re wary of dramatic changes or if you’re a brunette who’s always wanted to try going red.
Carmichael recommends cinnamon brown if you like to maintain a hair routine that’s nice and easy.
“Balayage is a super low-maintenance way to wear this color, especially if you keep a natural root and incorporate the cinnamon color through the balayage pieces,” she says.
While a full head of ginger can mean time-consuming touch-ups, red accents should require less work overall. If you have highlights painted on in a balayage technique, they should grow out without any visible lines of demarcation!
Before making any serious salon moves, however, Carmichael recommends taking a good long look in the mirror to take note of your skin’s undertones.
“This color suits clients with warmer undertones and is great for everyone of all ages and hair types. It helps make coarser hair appear softer and adds fullness and dimension to finer hair.”
Taking a peek at the veins on the inside of your wrist is an excellent way to tell which temperature your skin color leans. If they’re blue, you’re likely cool-toned, while green veins can mean warmer colors are more flattering on you.
No idea what you see on the underside of your wrist? Don’t panic, just give your stylist a call. He or she is the final arbiter of all things hair.
How do you maintain cinnamon brown hair color?
If you’re a color addict, it’s essential to recognize that all those salon appointments can really take a toll on the condition of your hair over time. Carmichael recommends supporting your hair color (and health) with a line like Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics.
“Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair and Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair is my go-to saving grace for color protection, followed by Redken One United, which has amazing protection and nourishing benefits,” the stylist says. “You invest a lot in your color, so it’s important to use at-home care products that’ll protect your investment and keep it looking fresh for as long as possible.”
The system, which consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and mask, gently cleanses and strengthens color-treated hair. Treat hair from the root to the core to the tip thanks to the Color Extend Magnetics formulas, which include the brand’s exclusive RCT Protein Complex.
Now, you’re armed with everything you need to take cinnamon brown hair for a spin. What a way to transition into cooler weather!
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