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Chipotle is not a specific type of pepper, but a process of smoking and drying that infuses hot peppers with depth and sweetness and lends them a burnt red hue. This hue reminds me of the particular smoky scarlet of chipotle. It’s a distinctive, smoldering shade that’s hot but not too bright. Click the notes for the professional formula. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Chocolate and berries are a combination made in heaven, sweet and rich with a touch of bitterness and a hint of tartness. This color formula, which looks like a blend of cacao and fruit, is both rich and vibrant, with enough depth to get you through winter but with a warm kiss of the season to come. It’s especially pretty when paired with blue eyes which contrast with the red in the shade. Click the notes for the formula and tips on application. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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These dark cool hues with bright ribbons dancing across their surface are reminiscent of the Northern Lights. Most of the bright pieces are toned with neutral shades while just a few are painted with a kick of vibrant purple to create the feel of dancing illumination. This technique works well on both long and short cuts. It adds depth, but also definition, making it flattering for both dense and wispy textures. Click the notes for professional formulas and tips on application. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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(David Arnal for Jerry Rais, Jenny Hands for Davines)

Colorists often use artistic terms like “depth” and “shadow” when describing methods that blend different values, but few hair colors actually create the illusions of light and darkness. Highlights and ombre are both highly exaggerated versions of natural color variation that hint at, but do not create the illusion of, light and shadow. In the last few years, however, with the emergence of painting techniques, hair color is getting closer and closer to mimicking the natural effects of light and shadow, creating elegant illusions. Learn more about this new direction in the style notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →