Candlelit brunette is the shade of the season

Published 08th Feb 2023 by Chlo Weldon
Candlelit brunette is the shade of the season

Think cold, dark nights, candles on the go – it’s a vibe. Which is why clients are looking to reflect this in their looks. This is where the new hair colour trend – candlelit brunette – comes in, and we just can’t get enough of this expensive and seriously luxe look. We asked some of the industry’s best to give us the lowdown on the new shade of the season.

What is candlelit brunette?

“Inspired by the delicate glow of candlelight, this trend aims to capture the warmth and beauty dark hair offers in a soft, romantic light,” says Conor James Doyle, Conor James Education. “Think dark, soft tumbling waves backlit by the ambience of a charming Italian restaurant. Luxurious, sultry, understated but captivating.

“We’re seeing for the first time, brunettes facing their phobias of the dreaded red hue and opting for these copper/mahogany-based tones. The candlelit brunette is lighted very softly only 1-2 levels in areas with no real focal points, then draped in rich tones to enhance the underlying warmth.”

And it’s perfect for those clients who are looking for a warmer, super low maintenance look during the colder months. Jake Nugent, OSMO Ambassador tells us: “Adding just a few softer highlights to naturally dark hair can give clients that desired soft look. It’s just like a balayage, except less is more!”

Candlelit Brunette


Wondering how you get the perfect candlelit glow for your clients? The look is super easy to tailor to all clients; it all depends on the desired lightness and tones. Jake tells us: “The best colour technique is to pepper mini face framing babylights throughout the hair, whilst maintaining the dark panelling.” This will break up the brunette and create a natural, luxurious, and effortless look. Conor adds: “We’re not looking for a crazy lift, going back to a soft warm technique may be intimidating after years of avoidance. Low-volume/ammonia-free clay bleach will be your best friend here.”


As the colour trend relies heavily on its candlelit glow, condition is essential for this look. “Acid based shampoos, conditioners and masks can really help with keeping the cuticle flat, reflecting light and maintaining softness,” Conor tells us. Likewise, Jake recommends clients use regular hair masks to ensure the hair stays healthy.

After all, what better way for clients to relax at home with a hair mask on their head, candles on the go?

Speaking of trends, have you seen the wedding chop trend?
Chlo Weldon

Chlo Weldon

Published 08th Feb 2023

Chlo writes regular content for the print magazine and website, as well as scheduling the content for HJ’s social media channels. Chlo has a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and previously worked as Assistant Editor at craft magazine Tattered Lace. After moving to London from her small hometown to be part of the HJ team, she is loving every minute of being involved in the industry. She loves a good treatment and is on a mission for a longer and thicker mane.

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