The natural look is in for the fall, and with it a much more minimal approach to beauty. The trendiest hair colors this season are soft shades that mimic nature. Not just “natural” colors, but tones and applications that actually look like you were born with them. Subdued tones and subtle variation are the key to achieving this look. Get the formulas and tips on application in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Application: Divide hair into four quadrants by splitting ear to ear and forehead to nape. Begin application in the back, right quad. Section off a horizontal section, apply formula 1 to roots and blend out and down, fading away about half way down the strand. Repeat on the next sections, but vary line of demarcation so it sits lower than on the first section. Repeat throughout the head, varying the place where the color fades away on each section. When application is complete, process 30 minutes. Shampoo and towel dry. Glaze entire head with formula 2 and process 10 minutes.

Formulas: (on natural level 8)

1: Goldwell Topchic 7K with 20 Volume

2: Goldwell Colorance 1 part 8K + 1 part 9KG

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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