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Why You Should Try Going Dark in the Summertime

Blondes don't always have more fun.

From deep mahoganies and warm chestnuts to golden mochas and bold blacks, rich-toned dark hair isn't only for fall and winter. Let's face it ladies, blondes don't always have more fun. We say if you want to go bold and dark in the summer, do it!

What the Experts Say

"A darker base automatically creates amazing contrast against the skin," shares stylist and L'Oreal Professionnel Artist Theresa Adams. This helps to play up your best features and really make them pop-think: playing up flecks of gold in your brown eyes, turning the spotlight on baby blues, and so on.

Boxed Brunette? Think Again.

Think you can buy a box to be a brunette? Not so fast. Lush dark hair is best left to the professionals who can ensure that your final result is dimensional and adds movement, instead of falling flat and thereby, washing you out. A professional hairdresser is able to find the perfect tones that will not only work with your features but will also complement your skin tone.

High Shine

One of the biggest selling points of dark hair, especially in the summer months when we're spending more time outside, is that dark haircolors reflect the most light. So, if you want your locks to have a mirror-like shine for those backyard BBQs and trips down the shore, you're going to want to take a walk on the dark side.

TLC Time

One caveat. If you want to keep up that high shine you need to give your hair major TLC...especially in the summertime. Tis the season for lounging in the sun, swimming laps in the pool, and taking a dip in the ocean-three activities that can dry out your strands and cause them to look lackluster. Combat the drying effects-without sitting out on the fun-by using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners and weekly deep conditioning masks to keep your hair hydrated and less prone to split ends, breakage, and frizz.

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