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Talking with Celebrity Hair Stylist Marco Pelusi: Going from Blonde to Brunette

Marco Pelusi

Lately, everyone is going from blonde to luxurious shades of brunette. It looks relevant, beautiful and seasonal. There also shades of brown that definitely go year-round. Recently, Gemma Magazine spoke with Marco Pelusi, leading Hair Color authority about our latest crush -- going from blonde to brunette. It sounds exciting and on-point. However, we thought good information and tips were important before making this change. Hair and hair color is a huge component of a woman's style. it definitely sets the tone. Let's get started.

Marco Pelusi is a leading Hair ColorAuthority, renowned Platform Artist & Educator, Salon Owner, and fashion-forward Celebrity Hair Colorist. Marco's passion and love for hair color began at his family's upscale chain of East Coast salons. Early in his career, he became a top Educator at one of the world's leading Italian hair color companies. He is also the National Hair Color Educator for an esteemed Los Angeles-based color company.

Marco Pelusi Hair Studio

There is nothing quite like the Marco Pelusi Hair Experience. His salon is intimate with a decadent aura. Marco's premier Studio is located in the heart of the trendy, ultra chic West Hollywood Design District on Robertson Boulevard, just up the street from the famous Ivy restaurant and many of the world's top boutiques. He and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters.

Nestled in a private upstairs space with beautiful, natural light, his gorgeous, upscale salon is a relaxing sanctuary for world-class travelers, referred by exclusive hotels in the city such as La Peer Hotel. Most importantly, Marco listens to what you want and combines that element with what is optimal for your hair. Marco's luxurious, spa-like salon is also the premier retailer of the Marco® Collagen Color Guard® HairCare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color-and chemically-treated hair. The products are fantastic! Therefore going from blonde to brunette is something that Marco will make you feel comfortable about. It will be a change but an exciting one. For us, having brown hair means less time and money spent on upkeep, highlights, roots and general styling. But, lets's find out the real details.

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The best way for the blonde to transition deeper and darker for fall is the addition of lowlights, deeper blonde shades, or shades closer to her natural tone alongside the blonde pieces and gradually shift to brown. This process is safer and more natural. (Marco Pelusi)

Why do women want to go darker in the fall? It's always best to follow the seasons: allow your hair color to reflect the seasonal changes. Similar to how our food and drink shifts to warmer beverages, comfort foods, pumpkin spice, and other flavors, women can also reflect the seasonal change to go warmer, more profound, darker, and richer with hair coloring. Even one shade deeper for brunettes.

Is it possible to go from blonde to brown? Is it a long process? Yes possible for sure! The best way for the blonde to transition deeper and darker for fall is the addition of lowlights, deeper blonde shades, or shades closer to her natural tone alongside the blonde pieces and gradually shift to brown. This process is safer and more natural.

What are some advantages brunette shades offer? Often my celeb actress and model clients notice - and photographers - that the women's eyes truly pop out in photos when they wear brunette shades. Not so much with the blonde shade. Blondes can sometimes give a 'washed-out' look. Brunettes can give more vibrancy, especially to the ey

Is it true that darker shades make a face look slimmer? Not necessarily - need to discuss - but it almost depends on the woman and her skin tone and facial features.... case by case...

Does darker hair give off a healthier shine plus an added aura of mystique? YES, YES, YES. It almost doesn't matter how badly your lighter hair has been damaged or looks badly dry -- going darker will automatically make the hair appear healthier and add shine—almost every single time.

Is brunette less maintenance overall? Not necessarily. It depends on the individual. Sometimes, being a brunette can mean that a woman may see her gray roots appear quicker, so she will need to go to the hairdresser more often to cover her grays. Blonde can sometimes help mask this gray hair. So there is some ease in being lighter if you have gray hair. But on the flip side, being brunette is typically much easier on the hair's condition, so the brunette hair may not be as dry. Most important: always use HairCare products that support color-treated hair, such as Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare.

If you want to go brown but are somewhat hesitant, do you suggest adding highlights? If you're blonde and you're considering going brunette but are uncertain, I recommend starting by adding some lowlights. This will give you an idea of what your hair will look darker and will be more of a gradual change, which is much easier for you and your hair.

Should the client bring in a photo? However, one must be realistic. The color will not match the photo perfectly, correct? Yes, photos can serve as a GUIDE. Only as a GUIDE. Photos are a good idea, so it gives some direction to head towards, but the color will always be different from the photo because it's a different head of hair. But photos are good guidelines and talking points.

Is brunette hair still sexy? Absolutely! Brunette's hair is rich and shiny, and lustrous!

We cannot thank Marco enough for talking with us. You can keep up with Marco Pelusi on his social media platforms. Gemma Magazine will be checking in with Marco regularly for updates, classes, trends, and how to take care of your hair!

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