Chestnut Brown Is The Perfect In-Between Hair Colour For Autumn

Fall is cool and all, but the upcoming season can be frustrating. As the sun sets on summer, picking outfits becomes harder thanks to chilly mornings and hot-as-hell afternoons. Figuring out what to do with your hair is equally complex.

Traditionally, going darker as the weather gets cooler seems like a no-brainer, but top colourists and their celebrity clients, like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, are making a case for going brighter for autumn. That's where chestnut brown comes in. 

The universally-flattering tone is the perfect in-between option for the awkward pre-fall weather. According to L'Oreal Professionnel colourist Jo-Blackwell Preston, chestnut is a neutral brown with hints of auburn and violet. The chestnut spectrum doesn't stop there, though — you can also accomplish the colour with hints of amber and beige.


Celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Janet Mock have already taken the cozy colour for a spin, making a case for going chestnut brown even more convincing. Ahead, we've rounded up everything you need to know about the trending hair colour before you book a salon appointment. 

Celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh gave Priyanka Chopra's naturally-dark hair some warm chestnut highlights with hints of auburn. Preston says to opt for a reflective brown hue to achieve a look similar. "You want your colour to appear dimensional and velvety, versus heavy and flat," she says. Moral of the story? Bring in this photo and ask for a cool brown base with warm hints of mahogany.
Unlike Chopra's auburn highlights, Janet Mock's take on the trend is bolder. Her chestnut strands start from the root and cascade down to the ends of her hair. Don't fret if you're afraid of using bleach on your naturally-dark hair, because it's not always required. "It's not necessary to pre-lighten dark hair to achieve chestnut brown," Preston explains. She says to ask your colourist to use "a volume two developer to release the natural warm undertones of the hair." (It's okay if you don't know what that means because your colourist will!)
If your hair is already blonde or pre-lightened, Preston suggests opting for a semi-permanent copper colour before applying permanent colour on top. "This will prevent your finished product from being hollow and splotchy," Preston says. 
The best part of chestnut brown — aside from feeling cozy and autumn-ready — is the maintenance. Unlike dramatic changes, like double-process platinum, or all-over highlights, the shade grows out nicely. However, to maintain the vibrancy and overall appearance of your hair, Preston suggests upkeep every six weeks. "I always recommend getting a gloss between appointments to enhance shine and lustre, especially on thick, curly hair," she says. 
According to celebrity colorist Ryan Trygstad, chestnut hair can still turn brassy. So, to prevent dull, unwanted red tones from invading your color, opt for gentle shampoos. He suggests Shu Umera Color Lustre Shampoo, which helps to prevent fading. A nourishing conditioning treatment, like L'Oreal Inforcer or Oribe Beautiful Color masque, is also encouraged to keep color shiny.
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