Each fall, our to-do list to prepare for the new season looks a little something like this: hunt for Halloween decorations, stock up on autumnal-scented candles, pull out our favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes and dark lipsticks, and think of what seasonally appropriate hair color we're going to debut next.

While classic hair-color choices like dark balayage never go out of style, we like to keep it on the back burner until the weather starts to cool down because the warm brown and beige hues mixed with a brunette base lend themselves so nicely to fall - they practically mimic the sweet swirls of a grande Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. For anyone who doesn't know what exactly balayage is, Jenna Perry, celebrity hair colorist and owner of the Jenna Perry Hair Studio in NYC, explained that it's "a French hair-coloring technique that is painted on the hair without using foils." Unlike highlights, balayage is more freehand.

Because of the way the different dye - typically in various shades of caramel, chestnut, honey, and chocolate - is painted onto the hair, it can be customized to your specific hairstyle, making it look very natural. It's also incredibly low maintenance. "If performed properly, anyone can have balayage," Perry told POPSUGAR. "It lifts your hair to its highest potential. Although, it can take a few sessions to get the desired level of lift and contrast."

If you adhere to the age-old "lighter in the summer, darker in the fall" beauty rule when it comes to your hair color, dark balayage for brown hair could be a great next move for you. Perry's tips for trying the look for the first time: "Research and find realistic references of what you would like to show your colorist."

To get you started, we rounded up a handful of examples of dark balayage for brunettes ahead.

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