For some reason, hair colors inspired by food are nearly always our favorites. Maybe it’s because our stomachs are rumbling, but the idea of wearing a shade named after a snack (vanilla milkshake hair, cotton candy hair) is kind of exciting.
This year, top colorists are giving their celebrity clients enviable warm brunette hair. It’s not just any brown, either, but a cinnamon-like balayage that’s being called root beer hair. If you were thinking of springing for blonde highlights on your naturally dark locks, you may want to hear us out. Don’t give up your chocolate strands just yet.
What is root beer hair?
As with all trends in the age of social media, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment root beer hair sprang to life. Several celebrities wore the look within days of each other, igniting a whole new hair movement.
On hair that’s long or short, wavy or unmanageable, the shade is all about embracing the depth and warmth that comes with really rich brunette color. The base is a flattering dark or medium brown, which brightens to red-influenced accent pieces. You can try them with a balayage application or as standard highlights, as long as several auburn strands fall near your face.
Have you ever seen a glass of dark cola when sunlight beams through it? That’s the look we’re angling to recreate.
Who should try the trend?
We love recommending that our friends and readers go darker. You won’t have to risk the damage that comes with bleach and sunny Cali babe hair. After nearly a decade of honey and beige, we’re fully committed to the vampy look.
Because this look is subtle, it’s flattering for women of all ages and most complexions. If you’re concerned about the color washing you out, take the time to schedule a consultation with your colorist before the actual appointment begins. In both hair and relationships, communication is key.
What’s the best way to ask for root beer hair at your next appointment?
When it comes to hair appointments, visual aids are always the best choice. If root beer hair seems like a good fit for your complexion and your lifestyle, take a few minutes in the days before your appointment to search social media for images of celebrities wearing the color you’d like and save them to your phone.
Trendy hair colors may seem intuitive, but your idea of what root beer hair looks like could be miles away from the one your colorist is imagining. Time and time again, hair professionals tell us how crucial it is that their clients provide photos. It’s the only way to be absolutely sure you’re both on the same page.
How much maintenance does root beer hair require?
As with all hair care, the answer will be a little different for everyone. If you’re starting out with healthy, never-colored hair, you’re not likely to notice much of a difference in your care routine. We’d recommend purchasing a hair care system (that’s shampoo, conditioner, and mask) designed specifically for protecting the look of your hair color.
If you’re working with damaged, bedraggled strands or concerned about picking the right products from the thousands on the market, it’s always a good idea to consult your stylist. With his or her help, your root beer hair will remain beautiful for longer.