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Vibrant reds are a gorgeous choice for fall and winter, but if you like dimension they can present some challenges. Finding a highlight color that pairs well with rich red-violet is nearly impossible. But there’s a better way: create dimension first, then glaze with a translucent, monochrome hue. The resulting color has variation that looks like light and shadow instead of obvious highlights. Click the notes for tips on creating the effect and professional formulas. –– Laura Martin

Application: Apply Goldwell Oxycur Platin with with 30 Volume to Triangular sections, hand painting to add dimension. Process 25 minutes, until hair has lifted at least 2-3 levels. For even more variation, lowlight underneath layers with 5VR and 10 VolumeShampoo and towel dry. Apply the formula below over the entire head and process 25 minutes. Rinse and condition.

Formula: (on dimensional hair levels 5-8)

Goldwell Colorance 1 part 6VV + 2 parts 7RR + 3 parts Clear with 2% 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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