Can’t Decide Between a Light or Dark Hair Color? Try a Honey Brown!

Having trouble making a decision between having light hair or dark? Are you wanting a change but nothing too drastic? Honey browns might be the perfect choice for you.

Honey is a warm color, but not overly warm (think soft gold rather than orange or red). It’s flattering to most skin tones, and for most it’s only a few shades away from your natural color. Less contrast means lower maintenance – hooray!

Honey-Toned Balayage

Honey-Toned Balayage hairstyle Instagram @hairbyash912

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Keippel
Designer Stylist / Colorist @ Ulta Beauty in Vernon Hills, IL

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a honey-toned balayage that is perfect for fall and winter.

My favorite thing about it is that it goes from a subtle honey to super light ends. I love the transition!

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

The products I recommend to maintain this look would be Redken color-safe shampoo and conditioner and an at home conditioner. Use Wax Blast hairspray for texture if you want to curl and a heat protectant if you want to straighten.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I will recommendedbalayage to people who want little upkeep. Anyone can wear this because it can be a subtle service and transition. This particular color looks best on a pink skin tone. She needed warmth in her hair to brighten up her face so it didn’t wash her out.

A lot of teenagers want this look just because they don’t want to always have their hair colored. I recommend coming in at least six to eight weeks after the service for a glaze because it is a semi-permanent color.

Let’s Get Started:

honey brown hair

Since the honey colors are so mid-range, in order to have hair that really gets you noticed, it must be in impeccable condition and have a great cut. Regular (1x per week or as directed by your stylist) deep conditioning is a must. Pick one day of the week and make it a habit.

60's style honey brown hair

Blondes can be honey-toned, too. These darker, slightly warm blondes are softer and less severe than the paler blondes. Again, less contrast means easier maintenance. If you want a bit of brightness, try balayage or ombre highlights.

long honey brown hairstyle

Honey blondes and browns look more natural and flattering as we go along in life. The warmth can make the skin look creamier and you have the added bonus of better gray coverage.

honey brown highlighted hair

If you just want a taste, honey tones can be a beautiful highlight in dark hair. If you want less upkeep and a more sun-kissed look, go with a more subtle technique like balayage or ombre as mentioned above. And always remember, one person’s honey is another’s caramel or toffee, so bring pictures to your appointment to make sure you and your colorist are on the same page.

swept up honey brown hair swept up honey brown hair 2

So, basically it’s easier maintenance for most natural hair colors (depending on the technique), it covers gray really well, it is almost universally flattering to the skin – why not try some honey in your hair this season?