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When it comes to color trends, brunettes can sometimes feel left out. Their hue isn’t as flashy as red or blonde, but it is precisely because of its subtlety that brown hair is such a great place for creativity. Brown is made by mixing the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—and varying the proportions creates a nearly infinite variety of tones. The color shown above—on the lovely Jessica Biel—has a high proportion of warmth, which gives it a golden-red shine that’s softened with an ashy overlay. Bits of paler honey woven through provide extra shimmer. Get the formulas and tips on application in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Application: Divide out a halo section, three inches wide, that follows the hairline. Clip remaining hair away. Working parallel to the hairline, in very thin slices, apply formula 2 in very thin slices, spaced 1” apart. Repeat through entire halo. Release top hair and apply formula 1 to all remaining areas. Process 30 minutes, rinse between foils first, then remove foils and rinse again. Shampoo and condition.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

1: Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 6BS + 1 part 4G with 10 Volume

2: Goldwell Topchic Highlift 11V with 30 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 @LarMarStyle


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