There’s no shortage of trendy hair hues out there, but some of them aren’t exactly what we’d call universally-flattering (ahem, icy platinum). Enter bronde, the latest hot hair color that’s not only right on trend, but also legitimately looks good on basically everyone. Just look to stars like Jennifer Lopez, Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and Alison Brie for inspiration.
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, “bronde” is a combination of brown and blonde. “Typically, it’s darker hair with lighter highlights, though it can be fine-tuned to skew either a little lighter or a little darker, depending on how much contrast you want,” explains Lucille Javier, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Nomad in New York City.
No matter whether you’re a natural blonde or brunette, you can get in on the trend, all with equally pretty results. If you’re naturally brunette, this is a great way to either lighten up your overall color, and/or a great transition step on your way to going completely blonde, Javier says.
On the flip side, if you’re blonde, this is a great option for the fall or winter, she suggests. “Even light blonde highlights can be toned into a darker bronde using a semi-permanent gloss.” It’s also a great way to give your hair a break from intense lightening and bleaching, especially if it’s starting to show signs of damage.
Either way, the resulting color always comes across as completely natural, not to mention requires very little maintenance and upkeep. (Though, to that point, if you’re looking for more drama and contrast, bronde may be a bit too subtle for you, notes Javier.) If you do want to get in on the trend, Javier says the key is to explain to your colorist that you want there to be a seamless transition between the light and dark tones; this is what creates the bronde effect, versus it coming across as traditional highlights.
Now, the only question is, do brondes have more fun?