We’re suckers for a hair color trend with a jazzy name—Peach cobbler hair? Where do we sign up?—but when it also delivers in both looks and maintenance, we’re officially impressed. And that’s exactly the sweet spot that twilighting hair color tries to hit: pretty, low maintenance, and a name that fancies us intrigued.
Twilighting brightens your natural brunette base color using subtle shades like caramel, gold, bronze, and even warm chocolate to get a natural result. By staying two to three shades within your natural color (and focusing around your face!), you minimize your hair’s exposure to bleach, while still looking like you spent plenty of time marinating in tin foil. Win-win.
“It grows out seamlessly,” says Kate Reid, Global Design Director at COLOR.ME by Kevin Murphy. “Clients can retouch their hair every 12 to 16 weeks, which makes it very wearable and affordable.”
Here are 10 twilighting ideas to show your colorist.
This hair color shows off twilighting in action. Focus warm, sunny shades (only 2 to 3 shades lighter than your base!) on the money pieces around your face and on your ends.
A sunset has nothing on this sun-kissed brunette shade. Subtle balayage makes sure the lighter color blends seamlessly with your base color. It’s a sight to behold.
Honey Gold Touches
As if curls needed any more personality. Brush golden honey color all over those ringlets, and you’re set for months. Easy and stunning.
Only slightly lighter than her natural chocolate brown, this toasty hair color delivers major fun without any commitment.
Butter Gold Balayage
You can’t beat classic gold balayage—oh wait, making sure it will last at least four months? Consider it beaten.
Twilighting is all about using balayage and babylights to create a lit-from-within look. Those golden babylights? Lit. From. Within.
Twilighting doesn’t always have to be muted. This all-over bronzed caramel color is the perfect example.
Mocha brown gals can get in on the fun, too. Add low-key frosty bronze balayage to up the ante without making a big commitment.
Keep things at the most low-maintenance levels possible with smooth, tawny touches of hair color that frame your face.
Instant warmth, coming right up. Honey-tinged caramel takes chocolate brown hair to the next level.