20 Stunning California Brunette Hair Ideas

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Looking for a hair color that captures the essence of the sun-kissed California coast? You’re in for a treat. We sat down with the esteemed hairstylist, Linda Miller, to get the lowdown on California brunette hair. With her years of experience and expertise, Linda has the inside scoop on how to achieve this iconic look.

Choosing the Right Shade

When it comes to California brunette hair, Linda Miller recommends a multi-dimensional approach to color. “Think of the color of a wave as it hits the sand,” she advises. “It’s deepest at the top and has a soft, gradual fade as it hits the shore.” To achieve this effect, Linda suggests starting with a base color that is about one to two levels lighter than your natural shade.

Hair Texture and Skin Tone

If you have darker hair, Linda recommends adding some warm balayage pieces to lighten the look. On the other hand, those with lighter hair should consider a rich base and a soft highlight. “For the most natural look, ask your hairstylist for a color that is a mix of 70% warm and 30% cool,” she advises.

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Linda Miller


Linda Miller is a seasoned expert in the hair industry with over 12 years of experience, currently serving as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of our website. Her journey in the field began after graduating from the University of Houston, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Linda's extensive knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in shaping the editorial direction of our site. Her work and insights have been recognized and featured in various prominent platforms. Beyond her editorial responsibilities, Linda is passionate about sharing her knowledge and engaging with our readers. Connect with Linda on LinkedIn for the latest trends and advice in hair care. For any inquiries or hair-related questions, reach out to her at [email protected].