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Metals get more beautiful with age. When copper interacts with air, sun, and water it takes on new characteristics, adding depth and different tones. These looks have a richly antiqued auburn base with touches of brightness that resemble freshly polished metal. Get the formulation for this gorgeous combination in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Application: You can apply these colors in traditional foil highlights or hand painted sections separated with saran wrap. Use the Polished Copper formula on no more than 1/3 of the hair. If hair has been previously colored you’ll need to lift to a level 8 with lightener before applying the color. Rinse colors separately before shampooing and conditioning.

Formulas: (on natural level 7)

Tarnished Copper: Goldwell Topchic 1 part 5K + 1 part 5RS with 10 Volume

Polished Copper: Goldwell Topchic 2 part 8OR + 1 part 7PK 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

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