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Caramel with its lovely sweet flavor, warm smell, and luxurious texture provides the perfect inspiration for this rich dark blonde. This shade works on almost any skin tone, light or dark, warm or cool. Solid colors are a big trend for the coming year, and this shade is complex enough to hold up beautifully on its own. Click the style notes for the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

Application: For an even shade, apply the color in two steps. Begin with a slightly cooler formula used on the 1/2 of hair closest to the scalp. Then follow with a slightly warmer formula pulled through the rest of the hair. After application is complete, process for 30 minutes before cleansing and conditioning with color save.

Formulas (on natural level 7)

Roots: Goldwell Topchic 1 part 7B + 1 part 8GB + 1part 7NP With 10 Volume

Ends: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 7B + 1 part 8GB With 20 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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