How Can I Make My Brown Hair More Dimensional?

"I am stuck with a boring one-tone brown."
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"I am stuck with a boring one-tone brown."
Jennifer Lopez blonde hair

Jennifer Lopez's golden highlights and light brown base.

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Q: I have been dyeing my hair for years because I love changing things up. I was a dark brown to red Ombré for a year, and then did a six-hour process to get to a very bright red all over (think Rihanna).

I kept that for four months, and then decided to go back to a more natural colour because of school and work. My stylist said blonde wasn't possible, so my hair was bleached—it turned pink—and then brown was put on top.

Now, I am stuck with a boring one-tone brown (think Leighton Meester) that I find doesn't suit me at all, because I am pale with blue eyes. It lacks lustre. I have always had long hair and my natural colour is dirty brown. What do I do if I want to have healthy hair that still looks fun? — Daria

A: Daria, as we all know, colour is about skin tones. I agree that the blonde colour might suit you. 

For your skin tone, I recommend you have light golden highlights with a light, warm Jennifer Lopez brown. 

Or, you could go to strawberry with golden highlights. You would look stunning!

To get there, I would recommend that you put some soft highlights everywhere in your hair with very low lifters, so it will be soft on your hair. It will take a longer time, but it won't be as damaging.

You must use an oil from René Furterer called Karité Intense. It protects your hair while it's lifting.

I also recommend that you do deep moisturizing masks and liquid protein treatments frequently. This will enable you to have luscious and playful hair.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.