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24th Jun 2015

At-home hair brightening hacks to try tonight: Brunettes

From luscious chocolate tones to the dreaded shade ‘mousey’, anyone with brown hair knows the importance of tone.

Whether you’re between salon appointments or you’d like to give your natural hair colour a little lift, of all the tricks we’ve tried and tested over the years, these are the very best.

MORE: Brightening Hair Hacks for Blondes


The Home Remedy

For an all-natural colour booster, mix three tablespoons of cocoa powder, four tablespoons of natural yogurt, one teaspoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar into a paste. After shampooing, towel dry hair and apply the paste, wash out after 15 minutes.


The Daily Boost

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Simply Shine Mousse is a volumising mousse which lifts and thickens while illuminating natural, colour-treated or highlighted brunette hair. Pop it in before your blow dry for a glossy mane that lasts all day. A bargain €7.49 now at Boots.


The Secret Weapon

Ideal for brunettes who never colour their hair, but fancy a little lift every now and then, Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care is a luxuriously thick mask designed to deeply nourish and restore brilliance to dark tresses, while enhancing them with temporary colour pigments. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich Cocoa Butter to help neutralise the effects of yellow toning and leave hair feeling super soft. €38 for around 10 applications here.