Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown-haired beauties have fab colour…

Lauren Conrad brunette CoverGirl 50th anniversary party

Just the other day, Marina from Makeup4All made a comment here about wanting to put highlights in her dark hair—but hesitating, because she hasn’t found the right colourist.

And how right she is! (To hesitate.) While mousy, ashy light brown peeps like me find it so very easy to hit the bleach—it’s why I have blonderexia, after all—it’s a different story when you’re talking about adding highlights to brown hair. Hair that you want to STAY brown.

A lot of hairdressers don’t get that. And that’s how a lot of women end up walking around with too-light, too-obvious, too-streaky highlights. Which is the exact opposite of what’s coming ’round in hair for 2011 (if it ever really left): rich, warm, tone-on-tone hues.

And this brings me to our friend LC, who—wowza!—just joined the Brunette Club. 

Kind of funny when just the other day I mentioned how I wasn’t really feeling her Ombré:

Lauren Conrad Ombre Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

THEN—in December—she was spotted as a blonde again:

Lauren Conrad blonde Dec 2010 Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

And now this. Do you like?

Lauren Conrad brunette CoverGirl 50th anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

I do, and you know why? Unlike certain celebrities’ attempts at radical hair changes (ahem… Gwyneth Paltrow back in the day), it’s not one solid block of colour. The highlights around the face give it DIMENSION… but they aren’t light enough to make it look streaky (ahem.. Gisele).

Make sense?

Also: Is it just me or are we seeing some kind of Kate Middleton beauty effect?

Suddenly it really seems to be all about the brunettes in Hollywood. So if you are looking for a little hair dye inspiration, here are a few more brunette beauties I spotted at CoverGirl’s 50th anniversary party this week. (No, I was not actually THERE there. You know what I mean.) You may wish to show these pics to your colourist.

Here’s Sophia Bush, who also has some great highlights going on—these ones more at the ends of her hair.

Sophia Bush CoverGirl 50th anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

And Sofia Vergara—SUCH a sexpot.

Sofia Vergara CoverGirl 50th Anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

Apparently she’s not a real brunette—did you know? Honestly, you would never guess, because this glossy colour looks so natural. No highlights here, but she doesn’t need them. Sometimes simple works best.

Finally, Jessica Lowndes (who is Canadian—woot!).

Jessica Lowndes CoverGirl 50th anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

She is on 90210 and perhaps that’s why she hasn’t fully evolved yet in terms of her go-to red carpet hairstyle (I don’t like these ringlets). But she is included here because I DO like her colour. It’s like, Pantene commercial shiny.

And all of this brings me to Drew Barrymore, who was also at the CoverGirl party. Given our Ombré-bashing session the other day, I was REALLY hoping she’d show up with something new (seeing as I haven’t spotted any photos of her in a month or so).

Alas no…

Drew Barrymore CoverGirl 50th anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

Annnnd I’m officially over this trend.

Please pick a colour, Drew: brunette or blonde… but not both. Coupled with the limp style, it all just looks like you couldn’t be bothered. (As someone said on Twitter the other day: “I hate the Ombré trend! Just looks like we’re too lazy to get our roots touched up!” WORD. In a few years, we will probably look back at this and laugh.)

How do YOU feel about Drew’s hair?
And LC as a brunette?
What about the rest of these brown-haired celebs?

PS. Taylor Swift was at the party too… and MAN is she tall. Drew could fit in her pocket.

Taylor Swift Drew Barrymore CoverGirl 50th Anniversary party Lauren Conrad is a brunette! And I like it—a lot. In fact, ALL of these brown haired beauties have fab colour...

26 Comments

Sophia
Friday, January 7/2011 at 2:14 pm

Even though ombré has been officially retired, there’s something I’m still really feeling with Drew’s look. Even with the Jack Sparrow braid look from previous posts, I think it kind of suits her slightly off-beat vibe. I also think she looks FAB here http://drewbarrymorefan.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_ELLE_Canada_January_2011_Page_097.jpg .

I think maybe my age (20 and a student, read: lazy, broke) makes me partial to these less groomed and glamorous trends. The thought of adding regular root touch-ups to my budget is enough to cause an anxiety attack.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 5:58 pm

You’re right – she DOES look fab there. Maybe because the roots aren’t in such a high contrast to the rest of her hair? I don’t know – to me it looks more blended than in the photos above.

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Tracy
Friday, January 7/2011 at 3:23 pm

You’re making me lament again that my brunette days are by-gone days! With too much grey, I’d have the skink stripe. Oh well………

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Tracy
Friday, January 7/2011 at 9:52 pm

Skunk-sheesh I can’t type

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 5:59 pm

Ok – then I need to do a blonde post, stat! I hear you on the celeb hair envy… I get it too!

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shelby
Friday, January 7/2011 at 4:48 pm

gah, I was never down with the ombre trend, it looks TERRIBLE. i wanted to badly too like it but like someone else mentioned, it just looks like you seeeriously need a dye job. i really hope this trend is on the way out, gross gross gross. especially miss barrymore

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EG
Friday, January 7/2011 at 5:38 pm

I think Ombre is timeless as long as it’s natural-looking. Look at Gisele – she’s rocked the ombre for years! Highlights often look so ‘done’ — it’s nice to have a more natural way to lighten up your locks without streaks all over your hairline.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:05 pm

I think Gisele’s hair is technically balayage not Ombre. Balayage as in highlights that are painted on freehand (not foils) and usually starting a few inches down from the roots so they look sun-kissed. Ombre is more a gradual gradation of two, sometimes very contrasting solid colours (although some colourists break it up with highlights a bit).

Anyway – yes – the way Gisele does hers is more natural (although it has been looking a bit streaky as of late: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/01/07/lauren-conrad-is-a-brunette-and-i-like-it%E2%80%94a-lot-in-fact-all-of-these-brown-haired-beauties-have-fab-colour/)

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EG
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:34 pm

Interesting – I’ve never heard of Balayage but I like the sounds of it as well. I’m naturally a dark ash, and 2 years ago I grew out all of my highlights because I was always being made way too blonde when I’d go for root touch-ups. This is why I don’t like highlights that start at the root – every time you go for a touch-up, your whole head gets a bit blonder. This is why I like the look of ombre, because you can play around and let them grow out but you still have a bit of overall lightness. That being said, I also want to avoid looking like Drew!!! Long story short, maybe I will tell my stylist about both options and see what he says. Thanks for your help!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 8:24 pm

Another option (as I was saying below in my response to Janine) – you could try getting lowlights and using your natural colour as the highlight colour. Should look a lot more natural than trying to do the reverse… that is if you don’t mind being darker all-over. I agree, streakiness at the root line is a problem… balayage/highlights requires a skilled colourist!

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Gimped
Friday, January 7/2011 at 5:55 pm

I’m so happy to hear that brunette is making a comeback!! I’m a natural brunette so it’s nice to know I won’t have to make drastic changes to keep “in fashion” anymore :) I did just dye my hair (I promise to get pics of that this weekend!!) but it’s just a richer shade of brown. Good bye root hassles!!!

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Arianne
Friday, January 7/2011 at 8:52 pm

Wow Michelle, you really hit it out of the park with the hair colour inspiration in this post. :) My dark brown hair is so dull right now and I’m really digging Jessica Lowndes’ colour.

Lauren Conrad’s colour is perfect. So pretty!

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Makeup Morsels
Friday, January 7/2011 at 10:00 pm

I think Lauren Conrad’s hair color looks really good in that picture. Actually, almost everybody in this post has amazing hair. geez! I never knew Taylor Swift was that tall o.O I wonder how tall she is exactly.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:06 pm

5’11″ says Google! Wow!

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katu
Saturday, January 8/2011 at 3:00 am

Hi Michelle. Help!
I have a question for you. I live in Vancouver and i recently bought the Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer(in Linen) from my local Sephora. On getting back home,i noticed that the packaging as well as the tube didn’t have SPF 30 written on it anywhere. So i called the folks at Sephora and the lady who spoke to me was quick to assure me that it did have SPF(despite the fact that on the receipt, it reads “NON SPF”) and that there is a rule in Canada that prevents the manufacturers from writing SPF 30 on the packaging.
I still don’t buy the story. So i thought i’d ask you since in one of your posts(last month), you mentioned that you were gonna try out the Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer. If you’ve already bought your JM tinted moisturizer, does it mention SPF 30 on the packaging? And which city in Canada did you buy it in?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:11 pm

Actually she is probably right. Because it takes forEVAH for brands to get Health Canada approval on claims for sun protection (they need to get something called a DIN number, and it takes a looong time), a lot of brands will launch without the SPF claim just to get their product out in the market. I doubt they reformulated the whole thing to be different from what they sell in the US… although it’s possible I guess.

I would check the ingredients list – I’m sure she Josie M. is using natural (not chemical) sunscreens so see if it has zinc oxide or titanium dioxide – those are both natural sunscreens.

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Janine
Saturday, January 8/2011 at 1:31 pm

It’s nice this go-brunette trend — we haven’t seen it so strong since John Frieda came out with Brilliant Brunette and told us it was okay to be dark. *grin*

Thing is with highlights in dark hair is that they have to remove the natural brunette to put a lighter shade in. (I had highlights years and years ago, but stopped because I hated how they made my hair feel — like straw). And when the lighter-shade dye fades out, as it’s prone to do, voila: too-contrast-y, too-light highlights. GAH. Popping in for a quick toning session with the colourist will fix that right up, though.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:14 pm

I know! Love this trend even if I’m looking at it from afar.

Re: highlights – I don’t know – when I was medium brown there for a while, I had them put in and they didn’t ever fade to a high-contrast look… But maybe that’s because my mousy natural colour seems to just blindly accept whatever colour it’s told to have. (Except red. Red did not last on me.)

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Janine
Thursday, January 13/2011 at 12:44 am

Years back when I highlighted, mine faded to high-contrast horror — but then, I think my hair’s about six shades darker than medium. *grin* More contrast when the toning dye fades away. GAH.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 7:32 pm

Ah gotcha. Just figured out the secret – apparently it’s a “Charles Baker Strahan original” (that’s a direct quote). You don’t highlight, you lowlight. So your natural colour becomes the lightest shade. NOW it makes sense how Leighton has that amazing tone on tone colour.

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Alyssa
Saturday, January 8/2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes you hit the nail on the head with this post! As a brunette I aspire to have color similar to these lovely ladies! What do hairdressers not get about subtle highlights?! I don’t want freaking blonde streaks yeesh! I am in agreeance ( spell?) about the Kate Middleton revolution, stick straight and perfect curls are out, but so is messy unkempt dull hair. I’m aiming for something in between healthy hair and working with my natural texture. Seems like your doing the same maybe you can give us some tips for this :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:15 pm

You got it! A Kate Middleton hair tutorial is in the works… got a hairdresser lined up and want to do a video on this very soon!

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Kat
Saturday, January 8/2011 at 3:59 pm

I think the major problem with ombré is that it doesn’t grow out very well. If the darker color is an EXACT match to your roots, and the lighter color is only lightly contrasting, like 2 tones or less, and you are willing to get a chunk of hair re-highlighted professionally every month, sure, go for it.. Otherwise, it turns into a tri-colored nightmare pretty quickly, kinda like Drew here. I agree with that person on Twitter, it’s too high-maintenance for a look that appears so low-maintenance.

P.S. Is it just me, or does Taylor Swift look a little.. manly here? I can’t say drag, because Drew is 5’4, it does make Taylor seem a bit like a giant, which doesn’t help, but.. yeah. Lady looks like a dude.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:18 pm

HAHA re: tri-coloured nightmare! EXACTLY. Which brings me back to my point about it working on people who are already brunette (and naturally so) – it’s a much better idea for them to add the colour to their ends vs. someone like Drew (who we know as a blonde) to have this dark *thing* at the roots.

I’ve always thought Taylor looked gangly and awkward. She needs to own her height.

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Marina(Makeup4All)
Sunday, January 9/2011 at 3:52 pm

Hehe, thanks for the mention, Michelle ;)
My hair is almost black (very dark brown) which I like with the light skin and dark eyes. It’s a “plain” dark hair and it looks nice on me but I am just bored with it sometimes and I am ready for some small experiments. I am just a bit afraid it may turn out as a disaster.
I just know that I don’t want to have anything brown/chocolate/brownish red etc. I just don’t like it on myself. Although I looked nice as a blonde but it was years ago when I was still in school :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:20 pm

I love brown eyes with blonde hair! But yeah – so risky to start playing around, even with highlights. Have you seen Emily Blunt’s colour lately? http://www.stylelist.com/2010/12/20/celebrity-beauty-looks-of-the-day-emily-blunt-vanessa-williams-ashley-greene/ It looks kinda pretty – very tone-on-tone and just at the ends. Just an idea!

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