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Raw sweet potatoes are an unimpressive coral shade, but roasting the tubers and adding a dash of spice transforms their pale flesh into a lovely, earthy orange that’s perfect for the upcoming season. If you’re already craving suede boots and sweaters, this rich hue is the perfect thing to tide you over. Read on for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin

Step: With red shades, hot roots are a common problem. Using a slightly less vibrant formulation paired with a lower volume developer ensures an even shade from root to tip. Apply the root formula to the 1/2” closest to the scalp and follow immediately with the ends formula, applying to all remaining hair. Process for a full 30 minutes after application is complete before cleansing and conditioning.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

Roots: Goldwell Topchic 1 part 6KG + 1 part 6K with 20 Volume

Ends: Goldwell Topchic 2 parts 6KG + 1 part 6K + 1 part KK mix 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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