black currant

This color is inspired by the dark plum lips that are one of this season’s biggest makeup trends. This hue is so dark that in low light it looks almost black, but also richly pigmented, so that in sunlight it sparkles like a gemstone. Read on for the professional formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

Application: Even though this formula is designed to deposit, not lift, the intensity of red pigment can create a hot-root effect if the formula is applied from roots to ends. To prevent this, simply use a virgin application technique. Mix enough color for the entire head, then start application 1” away from roots, applying small pieces of cotton at the scalp to prevent bleeding. When mid-lengths and ends are saturated, pull formula through roots. Process completed application for 20 minutes.


Formula: (on natural level 6)

Goldwell Topchic 1 part 3VV + 1 part 5RR + 3 part 5RS with 10 Volume


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. Follow her inspirations on twitter.

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