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There’s a certain softness to pastels created by the effects of the sun, the hues of old barns, well-worn deck chairs, weathered wood. Sun-bleached colors aren’t just light, they’re also warm and soft, like this delicate shade of red-blonde. More subtle than a typical strawberry, this barely-red shade in flattering on most skin tones, and won’t clash with jewel toned dresses or your favorite red lipstick. Click the notes for the professional formulation and tips on application. –– Laura Martin 

Application: Use a hand-painting technique to apply formula 1 in thick triangular sections, feathering award the center of strands using a dry-brushing technique, saturating only the top of each section. Process 25 minutes and shampoo. Apply formula 2 to top half of hair, stopping where lightning begins. Apply formula 3 through ends. Process 5-10 minutes. Rinse and condition.

Formulas: (on natural level 7)

1: Goldwell Silk Lift with 30 Volume

2: Goldwell Colorance 3 parts 10 BG + 1 part 8OR with 2% Lotion

3: Goldwell Colorance 1 part 10BG + 1 part 10 BB + 1 part 9KG with 2% Lotion

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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