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Bronde is trending for summer and with good reason; it’s like blonde but shinier, less damaging, and easier to wear. But if warm hues don’t flatter your skin you might be afraid to try this color. We most often see it in golden or honey variations, but bronde comes in cool hues too, like the smokey version pictured here. The trick is mixing ash with warmer hues to achieve a smokey caramel. Click the style notes for the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

Application: Section off a 3” wide band around the front hairline and straight down behind the ears, making a wide face frame. Clip all other hair away. Divide remaining hair into six sections. Apply formula 1 and 2 in foiled slices, Building a higher concentration as you move to ward the bottom of the section. Apply formula 3 to the roots of all remaining hair. Pull formula 4 through mid-lengths and ends.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

1: Goldwell Topchic High Lift 11SV with 40 Volume

2: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 8A + 1 part 8B with 40 Volume

3: Goldwell Topchic 7SB with 20 Volume

4: Goldwell Topchic 2 part 7SB + 1 part 7RB 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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