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The complex color patterns and tonal combinations present in feathers and fur have been inspiring artists for centuries, but translating them to hair is more challenging than one would think (just google leopard print hair if you need examples). But here, vibrant ochre, sepia and ecru combined in overlapping panels with the lightest shades on the interior provide a shimmering, animated pelt. If you want to create something similar, read on for my professional formulas and tips on placement. — Laura Martin 

Tips: Block coloring techniques will provide an overall red tone that shimmers from the lighter shades placed along the interior. Keep color 1 at the perimeter and on both sides of the natural part. Apply formulas 1, 2 and 3 alternately in vertical panels through the inside layers, working in large sections to ensure visibility. Process, shampoo, and tone with formula 4 for 5-15 minutes depending on porosity.

Formulas: (On starting Level 7)

1. Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 6KR + 1 part 700 with 10 Volume Developer

2. Goldwell Topchic 1 part 7K + 1 part 8K with 20 Volume

3. Goldwell Oxycur Platin with 20 Volume

4. Goldwell Colorance 10BG with 2% Lotion

Special thanks to Laura Martin, senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, for sharing professional hairstyling advice with Style Noted

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