Honey Brown Is The Sunniest Winter Hair Color

The honey-brown highlight is the hair equivalent of a subtly sun-kissed (spray) tan in the dead of winter: an instant mood booster. If you're a natural brunette, the golden-bronze lift says I just spent ten days in St. Barths — even if the only traveling you've done is the long trek to your office wrapped in a puffer coat.

According to L.A.-based colorist Tabitha Dueñas, the ideal tone is a warm medium brown, not the lifted blonde you typically see with highlights. "Honey brown is not a bright, cool-toned blonde highlight," she says. "It's much warmer and looks best infused subtly via babylight foils or blended balayage focused through the ends, leaving the root tone natural to give sparkly dimension between the honey lift and dark-brown base shade."

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Ahead, the best examples of how the honey-brown color reads on a range of hair textures — so you can get in on the seasonal pick-me-up that costs a whole lot less than airfare to the Caribbean.

One particularly great thing about honey-brown highlights is that they're pretty low-maintenance when compared to a single-process color. Dueñas says that the time between touch-ups can be up to two or three months, if need be.
In this example from L.A.-based hair salon Mèche, the golden-brown lift around the face frame acts like a soft halo of natural light.
If you have a haircut that curtains your face, you can ask for your honey-brown highlight on just the ends — you'll get the same illuminating effect while further extending the time you can afford to wait between appointments.
Try the lightest iteration of a honey-blonde tone, teetering on golden blonde, and a "rogue"-inspired placement.
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Colorist Gaby Bowen of NYC's Cutler Salon shows how a warm-bronze balayage on curls reads as shiny and healthy — think sun-kissed, not sun-bleached.
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