The air’s getting chilly...but brunette hair shades are most definitely heating up!
Lately, we’re all craving HOT CHOCOLATE hair looks, thanks to celeb stylist Chris Appleton, (long-time mane man to the most iconic brunettes of our time, the Kardashian clan). He’s been stirring up a sweet buzz on Insta with his warm, melty-brown color make-overs. Checkout @chrisappleton1 and see for yourself!
And now that the holidays are here, well, we think these glossy, glam HOT CHOCOLATE styles are party hair perfection. So we asked Chris to give us the low-down on how he gets the looks…plus, begged him to share his “secret recipe” for upgrading basic brunette to rich, steamy HOT CHOCOLATE hair.
HOT CHOCOLATE STYLE
SUPER LONG, SUPER GLOSSY, SUPER SEXY
Definitely, one way Chris transforms brown hair from “so-so” to “SO EXTRA” in this look is by adding extensions in a warmer shade of brown which instantly does two things: first, and most obviously, the effect is dramatic, and then, on a more subtle level, Chris’ choice of warmer, coppery-hued extensions instantly add layers of lustery highlights.
But, really, extensions are only part of the story! There’s a much deeper magic behind this style. And it’s all about creating a rich, glossy, super reflective texture that will turn heads…a là the light reflecting power of a blonde.
1. SHAMPOO THE HAIR WITH COLOR SECURITY SHAMPOO:
Chris is adamant about using this shampoo formula. “It’s a really, really vital part of the shine process simply because it has no extra ingredients which will dull the hair down or leave anything on the hair or scalp.” Chris pairs the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo with Color Wow Color Security Conditioner, which detangles, hydrates and has no typical ingredients that will oxidize and turn the hair orange or brassy.
2. NEXT STEP ON THE WAY TO A GLOSSY HOT CHOCOLATE FINISH:
Chris smooths Coconut-Infused Dream Cocktail through the hair to hydrate and take away straw-like dryness.
3. ON TOP OF THE COCKTAIL, CHRIS APPLIES DREAM COAT SUPERNATURAL SPRAY NEXT, TAKING CARE TO REALLY SOAK THE HAIR:
This is what he calls his secret weapon to totally transforming the texture, and shutting down frizz. And, for brunettes, this is his key to giving dark hair the same radiant qualities that blondes have naturally. “You get that light that hits the hair and gives you that mirror-like radiance. That’s when hair, for me, really stands out.” He blow dries the hair, using a paddle brush and tension to create sleek, glossy, glassy results.
4. TIME TO GIVE THE EXTENSIONS A LITTLE LOVIN’:
Most extensions need to be treated before you attach them to your hair, Chris says. His advice is to repeat what you’ve already done to your own hair. (Treat it with the Coconut-Infused Dream Cocktail and Dream Coat Supernatural Spray before blow drying.) The result? Gleaming glam extensions to thicken, lengthen and light up your luscious locks.
5. WITH HAIR AND EXTENSIONS READY, IT’S TIME TO JOIN FORCES:
Chris’ process is simple. Clip back your top layer of hair, section off where you want to attach the extension, and tease the roots with a comb. Then, using Cult Favorite Firm + Flexible Hairspray, spray the teased roots for an added hold, and clip the extension into place. That’s it! Continue this process around the rest of your head.
6. LASTLY, FINISH OFF THE LOOK WITH SOME EXTREME GLOSS…THAT EXTRA SHINE:
Chris suggests misting EXTRA Mist-ical Shine Spray onto your mid-lengths and ends to make the look really pop. His pro tip? Seal it in with a straightener. “I always like to use a bit of heat with it, and then kind of melt it into the hair. When you do this, you get an incredibly luxe finish.”