The best brunette hairstyles for all lengths

Update your style with these on-trend colours and cuts
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  • Take your pick from these gorgeous brunette hairstyles

    Blondes may have more fun (or so it’s said) but brunettes are far from boring. Brunette hairstyles are so versatile in both style and tone –for example, brown hair looks great cut short, in an updo, or worn long and loose. So take advantage of your natural beauty and shake-up your style with an enhanced colour or cut.

    Do blondes have more fun with colour?

    “Both blondes and brunettes have fun options when it comes to hair colour,” says Robert Eaton, British Hairdresser of the Year and Creative Director at Russell Eaton. “Pastel shades look beautiful on blondes, but if you’re a brunette you can go for richer tones or add glosses to switch it up.”

    Why not change your current look to glossy multi-tonal hues, like Kate Middleton? Adding reddish or deeper brown to your natural hair can warm mature features and knock years off.  Alternatively, try balayage – a sweeping technique that gives hair a natural sun-kissed look. If you can’t get to the hairdressers these salon-worthy home dyeing kits will do the trick.

    What colour is best for older brunettes?

    If you’re going grey like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate is proof that brunette hairstyles rock with or without a touch of grey. Try adding some lowlights or multi-tones to your brunette hair to enhance your natural-looking colour and minimise grey.

    “The key is not to go too dark or solid looking, as this is one of the things that can be quite ageing,” advises Robert. “Instead, go for a softer, more multi-tonal colour.  I always recommend my clients, who are looking for a softer colour, to try our Deluxe Re-growth service, which is a global application of colour, with a softer hairline that’s just a shade or so lighter. This creates a face framing effect, which stops the hair colour looking too dense and helps to hide grey hairs.”

    If your hair appointment falls through or you can’t book one in right now, Color Wow Root Cover Up hides your grey in an instant. Available in four shades (blonde, light brown, medium brown and dark brown) and including pigments that adhere to your hair without stickiness, this is a nifty way to conceal those pesky grey hairs.

    Fringe or no fringe?

    If you’re happy with your colour and fancy a change but don’t want to do anything drastic, why not add a side fringe or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, a blunt fringe. They’re very youthful and work especially well on thick, straight hair.

    You could also add layers or extensions to your hair – it’s a simple tactic that will completely alter your look in an instant.

    Inspirational ideas for brunette hairstyles

    Ready for the new you? Robert recommends you continue to embrace new styles and colour as you age. “Hair is and always has been the ultimate fashion accessory and is a really easy way to change your look,” he says. “People should keep on doing this as they get older.”

    Click through our gallery to find your perfect brunette hairstyle…