Brunettes Easier to Manage?

By Lauren Salapatek | 04/14/2010 4:32:43 PM


Ashley Tisdale, who recently went from light to dark hair, was quoted in US Weekly magazine saying, “Brunette is easier to manage.” According to colorists from Patrick Mcivor Color Studio it really is easier…

“Brunette hair is definitely easier to manage. A brunette can get highlights a couple times a year, and with the proper maintenance, they can look shiny and vibrant for a long time because the new growth area blends more gracefully. Blondes are a whole other story. A blonde with a natural color that is a couple levels darker than highlights (most blondes), will show contrast much sooner and will need to be on a more consistent touchup schedule. Blondes also tend to oxidize in the sun very easily increasing the need for toning and glazing on a regular basis,” explains Lisa Grealish.

“Brunette hair typically requires less maintenance…since the number of natural blondes is dwindling.  We colorists are working toward a new concept - providing guests with haircolor that doesn't enslave them.   Softer, more natural base colors with off base "endlights" instead of massive highlights allows more time between services and less overall time at the salon—something everyone from moms to celebs appreciate,” says Amanda Lenz.

Emily West explains, “It depends on the natural color of the hair. Obviously, on naturally dark hair, darker colors/highlights will be easier to take care of.  Highlights that contrast with natural color and are not tone on tone, will definitely require more upkeep because new growth will appear faster. I believe people look best with the color they are born with, accented with tone on tone color.”    

Grealish recommends using Matrix Biolage colorcarethérapie Color Care Shielding Shine Mist, especially for those who spend a lot of time outside. Shielding Mist is a lightweight mist that preserves the longevity of colored hair. It has UV filters to help shield color from fading and protects against free radical damage.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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