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Layers of deep carmine and burgundy give this rich dark red a lustrous complexity. Combining similar shades in layered blocks gives the appearance of a single hue, but adds shine and dimension for a faceted effect. The result is luminous, blended, and lush, especially in saturated hues like this wine-colored palette. Read on for tips on application and professional formulations. –– Laura Martin

Tips: Separate the hair into three block. Begin by making a horseshoe shape just above the parietal ridge, incorporate the entire front hairline into this section and clip away. Next, take another panel, parallel to the first, and working up to an inch away from the natural part on both sides. The part area is your third section. Apply the formulas below to the three panels, working top to bottom. Formula 1 is for the part area, formula 2 the middle panel, formula 3 the bottom section.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

Formula 1: Goldwell Topchic 4 parts 5VR + 1 part 5VA with 10 Volume

Formula 2: Goldwell Topchic 6R with 20 Volume

Formula 3: Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 4V + 1 part 4BP 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 

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