This dark earthy gold hue is an ancient pigment with a deep sunny golden hue. It adds earthy warmth to skin and provides a gorgeous contrast for both light and dark eye colors. It’s a deep blonde, but lighter than bronde, and the warm tone makes it feel brighter than dishwater shades. You may be tempted to add more gold to the formula, but it’s not necessary. The natural remaining pigments from lifting contribute a perfect dose of sunny yellow-gold. Click the style notes for application tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin

Application: Using two separate formulas for roots and ends makes for a faster, less tedious application than a traditional virgin blonde. Simply apply formula 1 to the 1/2” of roots closest to the scalp, then immediately pull formula 2 through mid-lengths and ends. Work in 1/4 sections and blouse hair at roots.


Formulas (on natural level 7)

1: Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 10 GB + 2 parts 9A + 1 part 8B with 30 Volume

2: Goldwell Topchic 3 parts 10GB + 2 parts 9A + 1 part 8KG with 40 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.

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