7 ways to enhance your brown hair

Essential tips to maintain that glorious colour and shine

Beauty Crew Editor / September 23 2016

Let’s not beat around the bush: there are entirely too many people out there who have the misconception that brunette hair is boring, when in fact, it’s a hair hue that can do so much for you. 

When you consider that there are so many shades and vibrancies of brown, there is a brunette hue to suit literally everyone. And besides that, there is a warmth, richness, and shine to brown hair colours that you simply don’t get with lighter hair colours, such as blonde

So instead of thinking you got shafted with an unexciting hair colour, here are seven different ways that you can enhance your brunette hair and flaunt it as you rightfully should.


Maintain the vibrancy

If your natural or coloured brown hair needs a bit of a boost, use a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for your tone of brunette. John Frieda® has an entire range dedicated solely to brunette locks, and the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Shampoo and Conditioner can be used on a daily basis to maintain your rich, deep and unified brunette tone. The duo also features a colour-depositing formula, so it helps limit colour fade, refreshes the hue, and prolongs the life of your hair colour (read: you can leave more time between salon visits).

JOhn Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Deeper Shampoo and Conditioner


Change your cut and style

If your go-to cut and style is lots of layers with a messy texture, opting for the reverse can help make the most of your rich hair colour. A one-length cut paired with a sleek, polished style will enhance the tones of your hair colour and help it shine like it’s never shined before. If you’re a blow-drying pro, use a round brush like ghd ceramic vented radial brush to smooth down any frizz and flyaways, but if you’re more comfortable using a straightener, the cloud 9 Iron will help seal your cuticles for brilliant shine.

Olivia Culpo brown straight hair
TOP TIP: Keep up with weekly conditioning treatments and use a heat protector spray when straightening to prevent dullness, breakage and split ends and to maximise lustre and shine.


Add extra gloss

Colour looking a little dull and flat? Using a gloss treatment can make a world of difference and can add some life and vitality to your warm colour. For a quick at-home fix, use the in-shower John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss weekly to lift your colour and give your hair an all-over shine.


Create natural dimension

Add subtle dimension to a block brunette colour by asking your hairdresser for some babylights (very soft highlights) starting around your cheekbones in a shade or two lighter than your base brown hair for natural texture and subtle warmth.

Jennifer Garner Babylights


Refresh your colour

The change of season may leave you feeling like it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe, so why not give your hair colour a refresh, too? The easiest, most fuss-free way to do this? The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening Treatment, an at-home treatment that gives your hair a deeper, more lustrous brunette shade in just five minutes.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunettes Visibly Deeper Colour Deepening Treatment


Enhance the shine

There is nothing quite like a rich brunette shade that has beautiful shine, and the one thing you could be doing to compromise that is rinsing your hair with water that’s too hot. Switch to a colder temperature (as cold as you’re willing to bear) to seal the cuticle and enhance the shine of your hair.


Take care of any regrowth

Surprise grey hairs can be the undoing of a gorgeously glossy brunette style, so if you’ve been caught out between salon visits, make sure to have John Frieda Root Blur™ Colour Blending Concealer in the brunette shade that best suits your colour on hand for a quick root cover-up.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.