What was once thought to be only something Marilyn Monroe or Madonna (circa her Blonde Ambition tour) could pull off, the blonde-hair-dark-brow look has reached peak popularity. And while monochromatic colour may be a bold fashion statement, sometimes, contrast is cooler – especially when it comes to brows and hair. Juxtaposed, the two create texture and frame your face.
The blonde-hair-dark-brows look has become more and more in demand now, because brows have become such a statement accessory to the face in the last few years. But why mismatch, you ask? When you match your brows to your hair colour, the look is very natural and soft. Contrast is a confidence-boosting alternative that adds a bit of edge to your overall look and frames your eyes. When you match your brows to your hair, it's possible to end up with a washed-out look.
Need a little inspiration before making the jump? Just take a look at celebrities like Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Miley Cyrus, or Gwen Stefani who have all adopted this striking combo at one point or another.
And before you get to dying your hair, remember that this look is only worth considering if done right. So, here's 6 things to make sure of before you try this trend.
BLONDE HAIR, DARK BROWS: HOW TO DO IT RIGHT
MAKE SURE YOUR BROWS COMPLIMENT YOUR ROOT COLOUR
For starters, your brow colour (whether natural or not) should be as close to your natural hair colour as possible. Or, within two levels of that colour. Matching it will give you a nicer, more graceful grow out before your next salon visit.
CHOOSE YOUR BLONDE ACCORDING TO SKIN TONE
If you've got cool undertones (pink, red, or blue), you're better off going with a more neutral blonde. If you go too gold, then it will bring out the pink tones.
If you have warm undertones (yellow, peach, gold), you can go more gold, but if you don't want to worry about your blondes in different kinds of light, err on the side of neutral. If you have olive skin, stay cooler on the ends.
PAY ATTENTION TO EYE COLOUR
Yes, your eyes come into play too! As a rule of thumb, blue eyes will have a little more wiggle room when it comes to going super light all over. If you've got darker eyes, you should concentrate the lighter hues on the lower sections of the hair.
The reason blue-eyed women can typically go lighter at the root area is because naturally, their base colour is going to be lighter. For brunettes, it looks best when you go super-light on the mids-to-ends.
To do this, colourists should be using glosses for a rooting/shadowing effect as the depth will flatter your natural colouring. If you're lifting your natural base colour, don't go any lighter than two levels. For highlights, it shouldn't be any higher than three to five levels.
As long as you have a shadowed root, you can get more playful with lightness. You can add face-framing highlights, but you want to keep a shadow through the top and interiors so that you have a pop to colour – otherwise, it won't be as believable.
For longtime bottle blondes, avoiding brasiness may sound like mission impossible. To avoid this, make sure your colourist lifts you to the lightest yellow before you're toned. If you're not there, they're toning you to cancel unwanted orange tones that will eventually fade out. Orange is a strong tone because it has red to it so it does come back up.
MAKE SURE YOUR HAIR IS HEALTHY
The colour will look best if its taken care of. The secret to keeping coloured hair healthy? Daily hair masks. Both in-salon and at-home treatments on the hair will work miracles. Leave the mask on damp hair while you sleep for maximum results!