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Jennifer Lawrence Shows Off Her Brunette Tresses — Top Colorists Tell You How To Go Brown For Summer!

Fri, May 20, 2011 1:51pm EDT by 1 Comment, Getty Images, Getty Images

Three’s a trend! Stars are shedding their blonde locks for darker strands and you can go dark for summer too with these colorist tips!

Jennifer Lawrence joins Carey Mulligan and Shakira in trying on some darker hair hues. While some ladies are going brown for a role, YOU don’t need an excuse to go brunette! Keep reading to find out how to darken your ‘do for summer!

Jennifer sports her brunette strands for an appearance on The Tonight Show with David Letterman May 19. She dyed her locks for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming Hunger Games movie based on the book by Suzanne Collins. She had tough competition for the role, beating out stars like Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Roberts, and Abigail Breslin for the part.

If YOU want to darken your hair, there are a few things you need to know!

First of all, how can you go dark for the coming warm months while still looking summery and beach-ready?

According to Tracey Cunningham, Redken Creative Consultant for Color, “The key to darkening your hair and still keeping it ready for the summer months is to do soft highlights or make sure you don’t go too dark for the summer season. Look at Blake’s red, it isn’t a dark chestnut/dark cherry red that would be ready for Fall but rather it is a fun summer strawberry red that can still play with the sun!”

Angelo David, owner of the Angelo David Salon, suggests a few strategically placed highlights to keep hair looking summery.

“The trick to darken hair during the summer is to have one or two pieces in the front to be lighter than the rest,” says Angelo. “Doing so will create depth and contrast, creating a beautiful frame for your face, while looking ready to transition from spring to summer.”

Is it okay to jump right into a darker dye job?

Natasha Sunshine-Antonioni, the owner and creative director of BYU-TI Hair Therapy Salon, says that it can be, if you take the right precautions. “Prior to coloring, the hair needs to be ‘filled’ so in most cases your stylist will have to do at least two colour procedures and a couple of conditioning treatments,” says Natasha. “A common challenge when going darker is quick fading due to the hair’s porosity.”

Luckily, going from light to dark is much easier then going from dark to light!

“You have to take gradual steps when you go from dark to light to make sure you don’t compromise the integrity of the hair and damage its natural texture,” says Tracey. “Not to worry when you go from light to dark!”

Read More About Celebrity Hair Transformations!

  1. Blake Lively’s Colorist Interview: How You Can Join The Hot Red-Hair Trend — Exclusive!
  2. Carey Mulligan Says Bye To Blonde! Do You Like Her New Brunette Locks? Vote!
  3. Shakira Shocker! She’s A Brunette In Her New Video! Do You Like The Short Brown Bob?