Newton’s Third Law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, a principal that applies particularly well to the current trends in fashion. Punk-inspired hair color, daring short cuts, and high-maintenance retro styling is getting turned on it’s head, replaced with deconstructed shapes, air-dried texture, and more muted hues. This doesn’t mean you have to return to the mousy brown shade you were born with, just that the colors of the moment look like you were born with them. Click the style notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

For reds…choose medium or light shades with a golden undertone for the most natural effect. If you prefer a blue-based red, opt for an understated hue with a bit of brown.

For blondes…ash and neutral shades are the most common in nature and will look the softest. If you like warmer blondes add gold to ends, with a slightly lighter blonde.

For brunettes…cool browns with silvery or olive undertones have an earth, understated beauty. If you’re used to a warmer brown, opt for a golden tone mixed with a pearly or violet hue for balanced shade without brassiness.

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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