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J. Law has had a number of enviable blonde shades, but the icy beige she flaunted at the Oscars may be her best yet. It’s the sort of hue that most blondes long for –– crystalline sparkle, a cool but not ashy hue, and platinum brightness. To get a shade this lustrous and shiny, lighten hair with a highlift blonde instead of powdered lightener. A slightly darker root formula provides depth without demarcation. Click the notes for my copycat formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin 

Application: Apply formula 1 first, working in the 1” of hair closest to the scalp. Saturate thoroughly, but not excessively. (Highlift blondes expand as they process.) Immediately apply formula 2 to all remaining hair, saturating thoroughly and blending into root formula. Process 45 minutes. Shampoo, towel dry, and tone with formula 3 for 5 minutes.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

1: Goldwell Topchic Highlift 11A with 30 Volume

2: Goldwell Topchic Highlift 2 parts 12BS + 1 part  Blonding Cream Ash with 40 Volume

3: Goldwell Colorance Express Toning 10Silver 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. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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