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Hair Colour Goals: French Brown

French brown isn't your ordinary brunette shade. It's pure, it's intense and it fascinates fashionistas worldwide. Want to give it a try? Here's what to know about before saying "Oui!" to French brown hair.

Defined

As seen on the likes of French beauties like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eva Green and Sophie Marceau, what sets French brown apart is the shade is a "pure" brown. Similar to ash brown, what this means is it doesn't have any golden or copper tones.

If you've decided to take the plunge, show some inspiration pictures of your desired shade to your colourist and consult with them about what is achievable and most flattering for you.

Technique

This high demand hair colour requires a unique colour application technique. To eliminate any hints of copper and gold, your colourist will need to colour your hair in two stages. They'll first do a pre-colour treatment and then follow this up with a permanent dye to create that intense brown hue.

Meanwhile, if you're going from a darker hair colour to French brown, it's an even more involved process. The hair will first need to be bleached before beginning the previously mentioned two stage process.

Either way, patience is needed in order to achieve this transformation – but trust us, it'll be worth it in the end!

Maintenance

Creating the perfect French brown shade involves a complex, delicate and time-consuming colouring process. Accordingly, you'll want the colour to look great for as long as possible!

To maintain the shine, invest in a nourishing treatment like the L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque.Then to make the pigment really stick to the hair, you'll need a dedicated colour care routine - try the L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX Shampoo and Conditioner.

Don't forget to book in for regular touch-up appointments - depending on how fast your hair grows, you should aim to visit the salon every four to eight weeks.

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