Candlelit Brunette Hair Color: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Shade

August 28, 2023

Candlelit Brunette Hair Color: The 2023 Winter Trend

As the temperatures drop and cozy vibes fill the air, candlelit brunette hair color sets the perfect tone for the new season. Inspired by the soft and warm glow of candlelight, this trend aims to create a romantic and luxurious look. So, what exactly is candlelit brunette hair color? It’s all about infusing your client’s glossy brunette hair with a soft blend of lighter strands inspired by the warm glow of candlelight. The result? A sultry, radiant hairstyle that exudes elegance and sophistication that’s perfect for both winter and summer. The secret lies in those warm gold, copper, caramel, and mahogany tones. These add depth and richness to your client’s natural or colored dark hair, creating a captivating and effortless look.



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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Shade

Skin Tone and Eye Color

When it comes to choosing the right shade of candlelit brunette, there are a few factors to consider such as your client’s skin tone and eye color. Cooler undertones pair well with neutral and ashier toned brunettes such as Nutri Color™ Filters cool brown shade – 512 Pearly Ash Brown, while warmer eyes and undertones are enhanced by golden and chocolate brunette hues such as Color Sublime™ 5.24 Light Iridescent Chestnut Brown.

 Hair Texture

Choosing multiple shades will help to complement your client’s hair’s texture. Textured hair types will come to life when you color individual curls and waves, while leaving the base and mid lengths darker for added contrast. Straighter and finer hair types will benefit from the illusion of movement and thickness. This can be done by accentuating the hair around the face and crown using customized Balayage techniques. Creating the candlelit brunette hair color will prevent hair from looking flat and add dimension. To ensure textured hair looks its best, we recommend the vegan RE/START™ Curls range. This will empower the personality of natural curly hair by being curly girl compliant because, no matter the color technique, the best results stem from healthy, nourished hair. 

Popular Candlelit Brunette Shades

Caramel Brunette

This warm and luscious shade infuses hair with caramel highlights, creating a deliciously rich look. It’s a fantastic choice for those who want to add warmth and dimension to their brunette locks. To replicate this look, we recommend taking the base ⅔ shades darker and using shades such as Nutri Color™ Filters 613 Golden Ash Brown or Revlonissimo Colorsmetique™  5.13 Light Ash Golden Brown with Color Excel Gloss™ 7.31 Medium Golden Ash Blonde for the mids and ends.


Balayage and Highlights

Balayage and highlights are perfect for adding depth and dimension to your hair. By strategically placing lighter strands throughout your brunette locks, you can achieve that coveted candlelit effect. Opt for face-framing highlights or subtle Balayage to create a natural and sun-kissed appearance.

Copper Brunette


If you’re looking to make a statement, copper brunette is the way to go. This vibrant shade combines the richness of a brunette base with fiery copper highlights, resulting in a stunning and eye-catching hairstyle. If you are feeling inspired, try the new Sunset Shades by Color Sublime™

Chocolate Brunette


For a classic and timeless look, chocolate brunette is a go-to option. It features deep, rich brown tones that evoke images of decadent chocolate, and adds depth and sophistication to your hair. This look has a subtle but effective difference of just 2 shades but with different tones used. To recreate it, try Color Excel™ shades 5.24 Light Iridescent Chestnut Brown with 6.42 Dark Chestnut Iridescent Blonde. 

Customizing Candlelit Brunette Hair Color

One of the best aspects of candlelit brunette hair color is its versatility and ability to be customized. Here are a couple of popular techniques for achieving a personalized candle lit brunette look.

Ombre and Sombre Techniques


Ombre and sombre techniques offer a seamless transition from dark to light, creating a stunning gradient effect. These techniques work particularly well with candlelit brunette, as they enhance the softness and glow of the overall look. They are also easy to customize, depending on your client’s desired lightness and tones. Consider adding face-framing babylights to break up the brunette and create a natural, luxurious, and low-maintenance look. Don’t worry about drastic lifts; a soft warm technique with a low-volume, ammonia-free clay lightener such as Magnet™ – Revlon Professional, is your key to success.

Caring for Candlelit Brunette Hair

For clients looking to maintain their candlelight glow, care and styling are essential. Suggest color protecting products such as the RE/START™ Color range that will help keep the cuticle closed, reflect light, and protect the hair against external aggressors. To maintain your clients  professional color results until their next salon visit, we recommend the unique Nutri Color™ Filters – Revlon Professional that will deliver DIRECT intense COLOR, CARE and SHINE alongside luminous color results. These masks can bring deep browns to a cool new level and keep brassiness at bay in under 15 minutes. What better way to unwind than with a hair mask and candles at home?


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Ready to become a master of candlelit brunette? Head to our educational platform, #AlwaysOn (for salon professionals only), for 24/7 access to trends and styling tips. use it to stay updated, elevate your hairstyling game, and unlock your creative potential. You can also shop online for your favorite pro products at Revlon ProShop.


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