Dark and Lovely Celebrity Hair Special

Embrace your brown beauty. Rich dark brown hair colors appear to be all the range for young Hollywood starlets. Find out who’s rocking deep dark tresses and how you can enhance your own natural hair color this summer.
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 08, 2009

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Rich dark brown hair colors are in this season. Find out who’s rocking deep dark tresses and how you can enhance your own natural hair color this summer.

By Qianna Smith & Cynthia Caban

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Gorgeous actress Eva Marcille toned her once golden tresses down to this fabulous mocha hue. Take your hair to the next level with Ojon Revitalizing Mist, $26, sephora.com.

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No more braids for talented beauty Alicia Keys, but she did keep her espresso-like hair color. Brunette shades require far less maintenance than lighter shades. Ask your stylist for a clear gloss to seal in color and maximize shine.

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Stylish movie star Gabrielle Union has stayed true to her signature brown hue. Adding auburn lowlights keeps the look fresh. Rub a dime-size amount of Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, $11, carolsdaughter.com, into hair and go!

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Tracee Ellis Ross never strays from her nearly black shade. Even dark shades are prone to dulling over time so use color-specific products like Pantene Brunette Expressions, $5, drugstore.com, to boost hair’s shine.

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Whether she’s wearing a crown of blonde coils or a straight layered jet-black style, singer Keyshia Cole’s look is always on point. Use Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade, $19, aveda.com, to get big-night-out shine.

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Solange Knowles sets herself apart from her sister Beyonce by opting for rich sable-hued hair. “It’s always well conditioned, and her ends stay trimmed,” says the star’s stylist Nikki Helms.

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Brunette bombshell Laila Ali lightens up her look with a few well placed caramel highlights. Celeb stylist Michael S. Ward recommends Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo, $23.74, drugstore.com, “because it doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils.”

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Talk-show diva Tyra Banks warmed up her look by adding splashes of auburn highlights to her deep brown shade. Condition with Pantene Pro V 5-Minute Strengthening Mask, $4, target.com, to keep your strands strong.

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By adding a few butterscotch highlights to her do, Kerry Washington makes her style summer ready. Guard your hair against the damaging rays of the sun with a protective treatment like Redken Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask, $15, redken.com.

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This bright star always has her eye on what’s next. Ciara has been known to wear light-hued hair but recently she’s simmered down with this sultry cocoa color. Make sure when you color your strands at home that you blend the varying hues so the hair does not look streaky.

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“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is all glammed up in long ebony tresses with bronze highlights. Try using Ellin Lavar’s Reconstruct Masque, $7.99, ellinlavar.com, to protect hair from damage.

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Actress Keke Plamer, 16, wears her long, flowing chestnut style beautifully. Deep treat your brown tresses between colorings with Motions Marula Thermal Oil Treamtment, $7, cvs.com.

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Comic actress Niecy Nash adds her signature flower to her head full of nutmeg ringlets. Protect color-treated hair with Nexxus Heat Protexx Styling Spray, $13.99, drugstore.com.

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As a mother to twin sons, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon appreciates the ease of her no-fuss black hair color. Up the shine factor by applying a few spritzes of Loreal Vivre Pro Glossy Style, $4.99, drugstore.com.

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