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10 Subtle Hair Colors That Can Make You Look Younger

Freshen up your locks (and your look) with a brand new color!
10 Subtle Hair Colors That Can Make You Look Younger
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Freshen up your locks (and your look) with a brand new color!

You read that right—your hair color has the capacity to take years off your aura if you pick the right one. There's no need to stray far from your natural color to do that either, and you know how much we love a subtle makeover! Ahead, we offer you 10 chic options to choose from, so get that screenshot button ready!

Best Hair Colors to Look Younger

1. Honey Brown with Blonde Highlights

Jennifer Lopez has had this exact hair color for what seems like decades now, and she doesn't look a day past 30 (she's 51, by the way). The mixture of brown, honey, and blonde tones in this dye job just adds a ton of dimension to the hair while still appearing effortless, though one caveat to it is the frequent need for touch-ups. That said, it does appear worth the effort!

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2.  Cold Brew Ombré

This Kim Kardashian-approved hue will be perfect for anyone with long hair. It starts off with a natural-looking brown at the roots before gradually cascading into a cool mocha and a light ash brown. It has that cool, California vibe to it, making anyone who wears it look like they're always fresh off a month-long vacation at the beach.

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3. Dark Auburn

A dye job with a subtle reddish reflect like auburn adds a touch of drama to dark strands without being too obvious. It's only vibrant under direct sunlight, and is definitely less likely to turn brassy even with minimal care. You can, however, ask your colorist for some highlights and lowlights for a more natural effect!

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4. Chestnut Brown with Sunkissed Highlights

Chestnut brown, or a reddish brown, is another flattering, fresh-looking shade you can consider. It'll give your natural hair color a low-key boost sans the bleach, but while you're at it, why not add in some sunkissed highlights or mix it with another hue like dark blonde for a multi-dimensional color?

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5. Sunkissed Brown Balayage

If you always want to look beach-ready, go for a light, honey-colored brown balayage. This will give your locks some extra warmth without the harsh contrast, not to mention it'll look amazing with a warm-toned complexion. Having most of the lightness by the front sections of your hair also adds a flattering face-framing effect, so keep that in mind!

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6. Light Ash Blonde Highlights

In case you aren't ready to go full-on barbie blonde, semi-blonde streaks always does the trick for a color lift. Light ash blonde highlights, for one, look gorgeous against a dark brown base when it's blended in seamlessly. For a lower-maintenance 'do, request to keep your roots dark (it'll stop regrowrth from looking too obvious).

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7. Dark Brown with Face-Framing Highlights

The beauty about opting for non-solid color is that there's hardly a limit to its customizability. Your colorist can add different shades in a way that complements your face shape best, and it's nothing short of magical every time. Just take a look at these diffused face-framing highlights that professional hairstylist Celeste Tuviera did on Bea Alonzo!

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8. Mocha Brown with Blonde Streaks

Not afraid of a bit blonde? Go ahead and try the chunky highlights trend to change up your look! To bring attention to the center of your face, you can try the money piece look (think BLACKPINK Jennie's internet-famous blonde streaks). But if you want something more low-key, consider copping Kim Chiu's slim, behind-the-ear platinum highlights.

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9. Bluish Black

At the end of the day, nothing beats black when it comes to giving anyone a youthful look. It instantly camouflages any gray strands (if you want to hide them), and adds a stunning luster to the hair that can't be replicated with another shade. A black dye with a dark blue reflect suits Filipinas best because of the contrast it has on the warmth of our skin tone. That said, once you go black, try not to change your hair color too quickly to avoid damaging your strands!

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10. Soft Ash Brown

Going for a cool-toned brown makes your natural hair color and your skin tone mesh better together thanks to the slight contrast. It'll give you an excuse to try a lighter shade as well, but without the commitment of having highlights or any stark shade on your locks.

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