Eva Green, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sophie Marceau, Noémie Lenoir, Bérénice Bejo...all of these beauties have two things in common: they're French and have gorgeous brunette hair. 'French brown' is a special color that is taking the world by storm and making Frenchies everywhere proud.
Brunette hair à la française, inspired by the Brits
Almost anyone who isn't French is envious of the 'je ne sais quoi' that French women possess. Everything about them just seems to be more beautiful, so much so that a hair color is even credited to them now thanks to a British celebrity hairstylist when he invented a new coloring technique called 'French brown hair' last year. Since then more and more people are turning to French celebrities for brunette inspiration.
It's all in the technique
The new color created such a buzz on social media that the hairstylist finally revealed his secret technique so that other hairstylists would understand how to replicate the look. To give a natural look to the brown, he first pre-colored hair to avoid any red or orange hues from coming through (this is especially important if hair is blonde) and then did a balayage to add depth and give locks a light sun-kissed effect.
How can you achieve French brown hair?
Before going to the salon it's important to look up photos of the French brown color you'd like and bring them to your appointment. Your hairstylist will then be able to determine what the best technique for your hair type is in order to give you the effect you're looking for. They'll also be able to recommend the best haircare products to help the color stay intact for a long time and schedule any follow-up appointments with you for maintenance.