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A delicious mocha combines warm silky chocolate with rich earthiness for a complex mix of bitter and sweet flavors. The color inspired by this beverage offers the same tantalizing qualities, mixing warmth and coolness for a dark luxurious hue. Wear it alone for or swirl it with a slightly lighter shade to soften the flavor like a splash of milk. Read on for the recipe and mixing recommendations. –– Laura Martin

Tips: If highlighting, apply the lighter color first, working in slices to ensure visibility since the shades have similar tones. Places the slices on the interior, working at least 2″ away from the hairlines and natural parting. Isolate the highlights with foil and apply the base shade, root to end, on all remaining hair.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

Highlight: Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 7NP + 1 part 6KS with 20 Volume Developer

Base: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 5BP + 1 part 5 GB with 10 Volume Developer

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 

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