Suki's brunette hair: how to

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Model and actress Suki Waterhouse has gone brunette, no mean feat for a blonde. Unless you're in expert hands going straight from blonde to brunette can equal green, sludgy hues (not just a hair urban legend, it's true). So if you're tempted to follow Suki's lead then head to an expert. We called on the man who dyed Suki's hair for her new movie role - International Colour Director Jack Howard, at Neville Hair & Beauty, for the inside scoop.

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'It’s key to keep orange and red tones out of brunette shades, we don’t see many celebs with orange hues unless they’re copper. Brunettes are hot right now, lots of clients have been going darker and there are some amazing brunettes out there, Kim Kardashian looks amazing as a brunette, as does Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Angelina Jolie to name a few; Alexa Chung can slide between lighter browns and deeper ones.

'The key is that going brunette doesn't have to equal a solid blanket of colour - and this is where Balayage has really evolved brunettes, adding dimension and texture without totally altering the overall feel of the colour'.

But Howard warns there is quite a process involved in the major change from blonde to brunette - it took Howard six hours to complete the job. 

'If you put brunette straight on blonde there’s a risk it could go muddy, you need to prep by pre-colouring which puts the pigment back and gives an even colour result. You then rinse the pre-colour off, dry 100 percent and apply the final colour and tone of choice.'

Session Stylist Stephen Low then completed the hair transformation by cutting the star's hair in such a way it created more more volume and density. Clever.

To protect the hair post-colour Howard recommends using the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom range of products and 'absolutely always use heat protector before blow drying'.

Want to get Suki's look? Head to Neville Hair & Beauty's website to book an appointment

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