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Sometimes looking stylish means making a bold statement, but often the coolest girls are the ones whose effort is subtle: the perfect t-shirt, that just-right shade of lip-gloss, and highlights so subtle you can’t really tell that they were done in a salon. This look which pairs an ultra-natural cool base shade with barely-there ash-blonde highlights will give your hair an understated summer update, sure to get  get you noticed without feeling showy. Get the formulas and application tips in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

Application: Shampoo hair and towel dry. Apply formula 1 all-over hair, working roots tot ends, process for 10 minutes, rinse and tousle dry. Apply formula 2 in thick triangular sections, saturating ends and blending up toward roots with a dry brush. Process for 15-25 minutes, or until hair has lifted 2-3 levels. Shampoo and towel dry. Apply formula 3 and process 5 minutes.

Formulas: (on natural level 7)

1: Goldwell Colorance 7NA with 2% Lotion

2: Goldwell Silk Lift with 20 Volume

3: Goldwell Colorance Express Toning 1 part 9Creme + 1 part 9Silver  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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