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Bye bye Brunette: Ash Brown is the new hair colour to know

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11-10-2018 Emma McCarthy
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Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness — and what Keats forgot to mention, of swapping the beachy, sunbleached highlights in favour of a new season colour refresh. For brunettes, this means cooling down your colour to match the forecast.

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“There has been a growing trend for women wanting cooler hair colour in the salon,” says Adam Reed, hairstylist extraordinaire and one half of duo Percy & Reed. “Cooling down your colour gives it a beautiful opulence, lending a cashmere or suede texture that looks soft and expensive.”

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Recently, the move towards cooler hair tones has led to warm honey blondes turning icy platinum, with ash blonde hair seeing a 23 per cent rise in Google searches year on year. But blondes aren’t having all the fun — now ash brown is stealing the crown for the capital’s most wanted hair colour.

Think mushroom rather than chocolate or chestnut — but with deeper, smokier nuances than the blah-brown of your pre-teens — ash brown now ranks in the top 20 hair-colour searches, with the term racking up a further 18.9k tags on Instagram.

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To meet this rise in demand, L’Oreal Professionnel is launching a Parisian Cool in-salon colour collection this month, which includes four new ash brown tones, spanning light to dark and enhanced with technology to showcase the shade in its best light — see newly annointed ash brown ambassador Alexa Chung for more details.

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“The lovely thing about ash brown is that anyone can wear it,” says Reed. “If you have reddish tones in your hair, ash can create a beautiful rich burnt toffee colour. Or, if you’re naturally light, try ashy roots and a blonder balayage through the lengths and ends.”

All you’ll need now is the cosy jumper to match.

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