Hair Color Tips
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Hair color trends come and go every season, but if you're looking for a foolproof hue, keep reading.

And the most universally-flattering hair color is…drumroll, please…bronze. "This combination of brown and blond highlights, mostly around the face and at the ends of the hair, works on pretty much everyone," explains Katerina Proko, a colorist at the Pembely Salon in New York City. How is that even possible, you ask? "It's ideal for multiple different skin tones because you can easily change the depth of the colors, while still staying within this caramel-y shade," she says.

If you're naturally blonde, this color is the perfect way to add some contrast and depth without getting too dark; ask your colorist for honey-like tones throughout. If you're brunette, this is a great way to lighten things up without going completely blonde, notes Proko, who advises asking for face-framing caramel pieces. And if you're starting to notice a few grays, simply painting over them in these rich tones is a great camouflaging technique.

Also nice: The bronze effect can be easily achieved in one salon visit, won't take a major toll on your tresses, and requires only minimal maintenance and upkeep. Because the color is very natural-looking and the grow-out subtle, you'll likely be able to go up to four months in between appointments. To stretch that even further, ask your colorist for balayage highlights, rather than traditional foils. The hand-painting method is even more natural-looking and choice for achieving an overall bronze color, Proko says.

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