Blondes have more fun? We're taking a stand and challenging that notion. Some of our favourite and most pin-worthy looks and styles of 2015 were sported by a brunette (or a temporary brunette—no judgement here). Not to mention that the different shades and tones brown hair can take on is mesmerising—from amber, to raven, to sombre, to espresso, we can't look away from a good brunette dye job.
Since we've entered a new year and thus are in the mindset to try new things, we thought we'd offer up some killer hair inspo to amp up last year's brunette strands. Whether you're looking for a major hair transformation or just a subtle transition that will still warrant a double-take, we're willing to bet you'll find a look in our gallery of favourites that will help your start off the new year strong.
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While she's not nearly as much of a hair chameleon as her sisters, we think Kendall Jenner's perfect espresso strands should remain untouched by hair dye. (If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?).
We can't get enough of Selena Gomez's raven-hued sleek mane. While simple in nature, this color elicits an air of mystique, adding to the appeal behind the flawless singer. To mimic this striking look, we suggest applying Oscar Blandi Vivid Clear Shine Glaze (£25) over pin-straight strands.
We can't say we were surprised when Zendaya was announced as CHI's first-ever celebrity brand ambassador. As a strong advocate for natural hair and embracing your roots (literally), we're big fans of her grit (and her beautiful chocolate-brown locks). For shiny strands like Zendaya's, use CHI Argan Oil Plus Moringa Oil Shampoo (£14).
Okay, not only is Jessica Biel married to Justin Timberlake, she also won the genetic lottery. Sigh. Celebs are so #blessed. While we've seen her rock a ton of bronde and balayage looks throughout her career, we find ourselves swooning over this simple, natural-looking hue. For healthy locks like Jess's, try quenching dry strands with Carol's Daughter Hair Balm Nourishing Liquid Pomade (£13).
Hold on, let us grab our sunglasses to shield our eyes from the amazingly vibrant mocha color happening here. Nina Dobrev's modest mane is proof that you don't need to hit the dye or bleach heavily in order to achieve stunning color.
As beauty editors, we've learned that lighting is key to your look. The way it hits the skin and hair just right can yield a real movie star moment. That's why we love color that thrives in good lighting (perfect for selfies, ya know?). This color seen on Jamie Chung has just a tinge of auburn that catches the light in the most beautiful way, like some sort of hair kaleidoscope. We dig.
There's always that one celebrity who is so aesthetically perfect it's almost upsetting, and that person for us is undoubtedly Jenna Dewan-Tatum. No matter what chop, color, or style she chooses for her hair, it's always undeniably flawless. This sombre bob is another example of how wonderous her hair truly is, transitioning from a deep brown to a sassy (yet subtle) copper.
If we didn't know any better, we'd think Lily Aldridge's balayage was painted on by Michelangelo himself. This look is the perfect way to bring lightness to brown hair without going the full-blown highlight route. However, because lightening hair can cause unsightly damage, we recommend nourishing your mane with L'Oreal Professionnel Pro Fiber Restore Masque (£19).
Taking a look at our Pinterest boards, Olivia Palermo appears frequently on just about every one of them. Her clothes, her wedding dress, her hair—we want 'em all. Speaking of the latter, we haven't been able to forget this brunette-meets-bronde dye job that accents the socialite's features perfectly.
We're cheating a bit here, but we had to include Alexa Chung's coppery strands to our roundup. Hey, no one ever said "brunette" had to be all brown, right? We like that she kept some brunette color at the roots to add more dimension to the overall color.
Olivia Wilde told us she attributes her youthfulness to wine, but we're thinking her colorist has a hand in that as well. Ever a purveyor of sombre hair, we're totally digging this light brown transitioned look that stuns on the actress.
Miranda Kerr has that total lit-from-within thing going on, but those face-framing highlights definitely help, too. It's such a subtle touch to brunette hair, but it makes a world of a difference.
Call it bronde, dirty blond, or whatever you like, but we think Sofia's honey-hued (pseudo-brunette) locks are a must-try, no matter the season.
We're all about finding sneaky tricks for covering our roots, but we think Jourdan Dunn's visible roots here are an exception to the rule. Couple those with a light-bronde bob and you've got a seriously red carpet-worthy head of hair. We suggest using Ojon Super Sleek Restorative Blowout Perfector (£23) to get a sleek end result like the model's.
Also rocking roots, Jessica Alba looks gorgeous in this chestnut color. Paired with messy-on-purpose strands, she's making the case for imperfect hair.
Feeling inspired yet? Tell us your #hairgoals for 2016 in the comments!