Spring may have just begun, but we already have our sights set on summer. Between exciting new product launches and new beauty trends on the horizon, we’re already working on our summer mood boards, and of course, the hottest hair color trend of the season called “translucent brown” is here.
Sheer brown is the new hair trend created especially for brunettes. It’s just hot on the heels of the viral “dear brunette” color – which has been seen on celebrities including Hailey Bieber, Khloé Kardashian and Zendaya – but translucent brown is like its more easy-going cousin.
What is translucent brown hair color?
“The translucent brown offers hints of lighter strands that offer versatility to deepen or lighten, depending on the season,” Biolage Global Ambassador and Celebrity Stylist Sunnie Brook tells POPSUGAR. She equates the expensive brown hue with velvet, while translucent brown is like linen “with the light streaming through.” It’s much more subtle and gives your hair more dimension, and it requires a lot less commitment because it’s “softer with less pigment saturation.”
How to get translucent brown hair color
“Achieving this look will vary depending on your natural/current base,” says Brook. For natural brunettes, getting the translucent look will involve adding lighter balayage pieces to the hair and “toning it with a softer, neutral brown sheen that still allows those light pieces to shine.”
If your hair is naturally lighter or blonde, Brook recommends experimenting with lowlights and toning hair a level or two darker. “It will allow you to explore the brunette side while letting those golden highlights shine through.”
Translucent brown maintenance
Maintaining translucent brown hair color is not as complicated as other dark hair color trends. “The main area of upkeep with this color is tone, as lighter pieces are meant to be very subtle,” says Brook. She recommends using a purple shampoo to keep the blonde highlights in the hair shiny. “You’ll need to stop by and see your stylist every eight weeks or so to freshen up with a lip gloss, or do what I like to call a ‘tune-up’ by taking the translucent brown tone, applying it to the base, and just tug through a few strands to create lowlights.”