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Red is a color that human eyes see very well, making it possible for us to distinguish between dozens of shades ranging from burgundy, to crimson, to copper. But to create a red that is just “red” without appearing either orange or violet tinged, is one of the hardest things to do with hair color. The reason is that hair color pigments (the ones in semi, demi, and permanent dye) don’t come in red. They only exist in red-orange and red-violet. To create a pure red, one must blend and layer. If you examine the image above you’ll notice that what at first appears to be a primary hue is actually a blend of two different colors, a cool red at the edges and a warmer one on the interior, but the difference is just subtle enough that the finished effect reads are a pure, saturated hue. Learn to create this seemingly simple shade in the notes. ––  Laura Martin 

Application: Section off a perimeter, 3” wide, around the entire hairline; use a zigzag to soften the edge. Clip hair above this line away. Apply formula 1 to the perimeter section and isolate with saran wrap or foil. Apply formula 2 to all remaining hair. Process 30 minutes. Rinse sections separately, then shampoo together.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

1: Goldwell Topchic 6RV with 20 Volume

2: Goldwell Topchic 6KR 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 @LarMarStyle


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