What is the ‘Kitty Brunette’ Hair Trend?

Published 12th Dec 2023 by Josie Jackson

There have been rumblings of a new hair colour trend set to take centre stage in 2024 – meet ‘Kitty Brunette’, the layered hair colour inspired by the distinctive shades of tabby cats. As HJ has noted previously, the nature of trends is that they are cyclical, meaning that, in all honesty, you have probably seen this hair, and the techniques required to use it, before. However, giving it a cute new name gives the style a new lease of life and presents new marketing opportunities, helping to appeal to new clientele. So, with that being said, here's everything you need to know about the Kitty Brunette hair trend. 

What is the ‘Kitty Brunette’ Hair Trend?

“Kitty Brunette is a beautiful, layered colour that plays on the different colours often found on tabby cats,” explains Jake Nugent, OSMO Ambassador. “We’re seeing deep chocolates, warm golds, and taupe shades woven together.”  

What’s the Appeal of the Kitty Brunette Trend?

Kitty Brunette appeals to clients who want to maintain their brunette vibe with a little excitement,” shares Katie Groves, ELEVEN Australia Educator. “The soft roots and maximum contrast through the lengths give fun vibes without the maintenance.” Expanding on this, Zoë Rees, ELEVEN Australia Guest Artist says: “Because of its low-maintenance nature, this trend will appeal to clients who have busy lives and can’t always stick to a six-week colour schedule.”

 Plus, another added benefit of this trend is that the tones cab be tailored-picked to suit the individual. Zoë continues: “My tips for creating the perfect Kitty Brunette are to keep the tones lighter and softer around the hairline to create a complimentary face frame, while adding slices of complementing tones chosen to suit your client ­– slices will add more impact to show off the colour.”

Pressure Points When Creating the Kitty Brunette Hair Trend

Jake explains: “Colour placement is key with this look, to ensure you’re creating depth and texture. It’s also important to create blonde and golden ribbons throughout the hair and make sure you keep enough dark in the hair for that kitty brunette contrast effect.” 

Meanwhile, Zoë adds: “Use a demi liquid colour to add depth instead of a permanent colour. This is a great tip to keep in mind, especially for those clients who will be looking for another change later on in the year.”

Katie also shares her tips for creating a seamless Kitty Brunette, suggesting colourists avoid any harsh lines around the face while ensuring you have a soft root, noting that this will help to create a seamless result. She then shares: “Don’t over colour – keep enough of the natural brunette as this will really make the style pop.”

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 12th Dec 2023

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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