Carrot-top is not usually a compliment. The flat vivid orange associated with the vegetable is not a desirable shade for your strands. But this darker, blacked hue, reminiscent of the caramelized sugars produced by slow roasting, is something else entirely. This color has a copper heart, but it’s glazed with charcoal and burgundy for a complex, luxuriant tone. Get the formula and tips on application in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Application: Divide the head into four even quadrants. Beginning in the back right, take a 1/4” horizontal subsection from the nape and saturate thoroughly from roots to ends. Continue to the top of the quadrant then repeat on the remaining three sections. Process for 30 minutes, shampoo and condition.


Formula: (on natural level 6)

Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 7RO + 2 parts 5RS + 1 part 8A 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. Follow her inspirations on twitter. 

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