At the MTV VMA’s, Katy Perry vamped down the red carpet in totally dramatic, seriously glamorous inky black tresses. Swept to one side and falling in loose, Veronica Lake-esque waves over one eye, the so-dark-its-almost-navy shade popped against her alabaster skin and aqua eyes.
Try: Garnier Nutrisse Level 3 Permanent Creme Haircolor, Black Licorice ($7.50, drugstores)
We hate to say it, but ombre has kind of jumped the shark. Right now, the sexiest new way to brighten up brunette locks is by weaving in tone-on-tone, golden-based highlights. Take cues from Nicole Richie’s honey and amber-swirled, sun-drenched shade – at once show-stopping and natural-looking (thanks to a couple of inches of roots up top).
Try: L’Oreal Touch-On Highlights Complete Highlighting Kit in Golden Honey ($12, drugstores)