Blending rich fruit with earthly depth, this color is reminiscent of aubergine and ripe blackberries. Both natural and bold, the subdued vividness of this shade is a great way to add interest to a classic chocolate, and offers rich possibility for girls who love vibrancy and subtlety. This is a tricky shade to achieve, but we’ve got you covered: read the style notes for a professional formulation and application tips. –– Laura Martin

Tips: Vibrant dark shades can be tricky to accomplish because the tone can get lost in the overall depth. To keep it bright, without getting overly-warm roots, use a slightly darker, less vivid shade at the hot shaft and apply a more intense version of the color to the lengths. Varying developers will also aid in achieving an even tone.

Formula: (on natural level 5)

Roots: Goldwell Topchic 1 part 4V + 2 parts 5VA + 3 parts 5RB with 20 Volume

Mids and Ends: 2 part 5 VV + 1 parts 5VA + 1 part 5RB with 30 Volume

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


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