Amal Clooney's colour change is the hair inspiration we've been looking for

While brunette hair often has the advantage of having naturally brilliant shine, it is more difficult to give dark hair a fresh update (unlike blondes, whose lack of pigment allows them to experiment with colourful tints). Which is why we're eternally grateful whenever fashion icons and celebrities serve us brunette hair inspiration for our next salon trip.

Most recently, barrister and human rights activist Amal Clooney debuted a much warmer shade than we're used to seeing. Her signature rich espresso hue appears brighter (think warm cocoa) in an Instagram post shared by hairstylist Dimitris Giannetos. It's a subtle tweak, but one that grants a glow-giving effect to the complexion and gives longer hair extra dimension without going down the classic balayage route.

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Brunettes are having quite the moment this season. Famous blonde Sydney Sweeney returned to her original darker hue, while Margot Robbie went from golden honey to light brunette with buttery highlights. "After being ‘the blonde expert’ I find that people are steering away from the Californian, tousled, beachy hair," says A-list colourist Nicola Clarke.

"The brunettes are going back to more of a real brunette – not solid, but the tones are much darker and closer to their natural colour as opposed to lightened," she explains. A subtle change, such as Amal's, is a great way to update your colour without requiring a lot of upkeep. All you need to do is keep the salon-shine going, something that's easier to do than ever thanks to the myriad of clear glosses available on the market.

If you've been considering a richer, deeper hue, let this be a sign to take the plunge...

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