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It’s exciting to see bold placements coming back after a few years of more blended looks. In this pretty combination, platinum ribbons peak through a sandy base, punctuating the natural shade with emphatic brightness. Mixing natural hues in bold placements creates the perfect balance of subtlety and strength. Read on for the professional application and formulation. –– Laura Martin 

Tips: Start with the placement of the palest blonde pieces. These should sit at least 1’ away from the front hairline and 1/2” from the parting. Select your point of emphasis and place formula in 3 back-to-back slices, creating a thick ribbon. Apply formula 2 to all remaining hair and process at least 30 minutes, or until hair inside foils is very light yellow. Rinse and shampoo all hair, then apply formula 3. Process five minutes; rinse and condition.

Formulas: (on natural level 8)

Formula 1: Goldwell Oxycur Platin with 20 Volume Developer

Formula 2: Goldwell Topchic 8NA with 20 Volume

Formula 3: Goldwell Colorance Express Toning 10 Silver with 1% Lotion

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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