Hair color by Mara WagnerDark hair is rich, luxurious, and shiny. It makes you look strong and sophisticated the moment you walk in the room. Brown is anything but boring. It can be chocolate-y, multi-dimensional, warm or cool. It can have flecks of light or solid as can be. It's always timeless and beautiful. Luckily it's one of the easiest colors to maintain, but without the proper maintenance, your hair can quickly turn to a brassy, dry, faded mess. Most brunettes want something close to their natural color without the pesky grays. At Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa we use only the best in hair color. L'Oréal Professionel is known for the most natural looking hair color and staying true to tone between services. Your Julien Farel colorist will use your skin tone and eye color to give you the prettiest brown hair to accentuate your natural beauty. Have an open mind and try not to restrict yourself to a super dark hair color or to warm or cool tones. As we age, consider a softer hue, and possibly adding a few baby lights around the face for a pretty and elegant look. As a bonus you'll get another week or two out of your color! Trust your hair colorist and listen to their recommendation. Here are my 5 expert hair color tips for optimal brunette upkeep! Don't let your ends split. The great part about being a brunette is how healthy your hair will look with almost no effort! Book a haircut every time you leave the salon and you'll always remember you're do for a trim. The longer your hair is the more it needs regular touch-ups. Dry hair fades. Your colorist will be able to recommend a shampoo and conditioner that will protect and nourish your hair color. Julien Farel Anti-Aging Haircare Vitamin line is designed specifically for color treated hair to not only maintain your color, but also replace the vitamins that are depleted during a color service. Plus it's moisturizing so your hair will stay nice and shiny. No gloss needed. Wash your hair less. The less you wash, the less oil your scalp will produce over time. Plan your workouts accordingly and suds those roots less. Never wash the ends - they need the moisture. What can you do instead? Use Julien Farel Restore on your hair twice a week. Not only is this product the best on the market, but also it balances the pH on your scalp so that you have the perfect environment for your hair to grow long and full. Protect your hair from the sun. For those planning their winter vacations, protect and cover your hair if you're on the beach. I also recommend to get the Powerdose treatment at the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa for UV protection for your hair. Last, but most certainly not least… find a glamorous hat! Skip the heat when you can. Let your hair air-dry before you blow-dry. Skip the dry-bars as they have a tendency to burn your hair. You can even touch up your second day hair with a dryer and boar bristle brush. Use your favorite dry shampoo to absorb the oil and your blowout can last another day or two. Hit the kinks for just a second and you're good to go! If you do need a flat iron or curling iron, use a heat protectant spray or cream. Remember less is more.