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Rich and mysterious, this beautiful shade has smoky, brackish undertones like the sea before a storm. Cool browns are luscious, shiny, and perfect for cool weather. Wear the dark tone alone for a sleek pearly finish or add some ripples with flecks of silver beige. Read on for the professional formulation and application tips. –– Laura Martin

Tips: If highlighting, apply formula 2 to desired sections first, isolating with foil. Work in slices to ensure definition. Apply formula 1 roots to ends, either between highlights or on its own. Saturate throughly, and process the compete application for thirty minutes.

Formulas: (on starting level 6)

1. Goldwell Topchic 1 part 6BP + 1 part 6NP + 1 part 5NP with 10 Volume Developer

2. Goldwell Topchic 1 part 8SB + 1 part 9A with 40 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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