Puce is the French word for flea and this color—said to be the favorite of Marie Antoinette despite it’s off-putting name—is the color of things not normally considered beautiful, insects and blood stains, but despite unfortunate associations, the color itself is quite intriguing. Reddish, grayish, and tinged in violet, puce is a complex, balanced brown, lighter than mahogany, darker than strawberry, but with tints of both. It’s one of those shades that people are bound to be intrigued by and when someone asks what color your hair is, well, you’ll have quite the conversation starter. Click the notes to get the formula. –– Laura Martin
Application: Apply the formula below on freshly washed, towel-dried hair from roots to ends over existing levels 6-8. Process, rinse and condition.
Formula: (on natural level 6)
Goldwell Colorance 2 parts 6RB + 1 part 6K 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