Cinnamon Swirl Is the New Hair Color Technique You Need to Know

It's basically hair and dessert goals in one.

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If your latest obsession is bronde hair color, then cinnamon swirl hair, a non-blended mix of light and dark shades, is definitely the next new trend for you.

Hairstylist Ryan Pearl (the same guy who brought the world chocolate chip hair) of Cutler Salon in NYC recently worked with Mane Addicts to develop the new hair shade that will basically leave you drooling. 

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"The way I like to explain hair color to my clients in a way that's relatable is through food," Pearl explains to about how he coined the term cinnamon swirl hair. "It paints a better picture than 'warm tones, cool tones,' that some people don't understand."

To get the look, he started by touching up model Natalia Borges's roots with a shade that blends in with her regular base color so that when it grows out, there's no line of demarcation. Then he used a combination of hair painting and foil to get the look of cinnamon swirly goodness. "Everyone's doing a lot of hair painting right now, but I like to do hair painting and put it into a foil. That gives the hair some brighter pieces and more pop. It doesn't make everything look so blended, so it gives it a more dimensional look rather than a really blended look. That's what makes this look different."

So there you have it. Is there really any combo better than perfect highlights and dessert? The answer is no, there is not. 

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Brooke Shunatona

Brooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for