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In the best styles, cut and color work together, enhancing each other for a polished end result. As bobs continue to grow in popularity, colorists are turning their attention to new techniques which play off the sleek surface and strong lines of the shape. The looks shown here use color melting to add brightness at the shine line — the area where light naturally hits the head. Read on to get the formulas and step-by-step instructions.–– Laura Martin 

Instructions: Begin by sectioning out a series of rectangles above the parietal ridge. You can place these at the sides, or at the the front and back. The shapes should be the width of a foil and 1-2″ deep. Beginning at the top of a section, take a horizontal slice. Paint one of the highlight formulas onto the center of the strands. Add formula 1 to the top and bottom and blend colors together using a dry brush. Repeat, using back to back slices throughout the section, alternating between any two highlight formulas. When the highlights are complete, apply formula 1 to all remaining strands.


Formulas: (on natural level 6)

Formula 1 (Base Shade): Goldwell Topchic 4BP with 10 Volume

Formula 2 (Highlight): Goldwell Topchic 7OO with 30 Voume

Formula 3 (Highlight): Goldwell Topchic 6RR with 20 Volume

Formula 4 (Highlight): Goldwell Topchic 6VV with 20 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.
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