After watching Nicole Kidman and her glamorous golden red hair on Big Little Lies all winter, we are suddenly obsessed with red hues. And now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time for our hair to follow suit!
This fiery, smokey red captures the flavor of an intense chipotle pepper. On the spectrum of reds this color falls in between natural and electric with a vibrancy that’s balanced, not overpowering. The depth of the color makes it easier to wear than more vibrant reds but with enough intensity to satisfy the most devoted redheads. Get the professional formula to create this spicy shade in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of signature style (you can read my musing on celebrities with a signature look here Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but my salon appointments aren’t as dramatic as they used to be. In my twenties every visit to the salon yielded a major change—inches chopped or dramatic new color—but now that I’m in my thirties I’m more likely to opt for a subtle shift in formula, or a slight tweak in the shape of my bangs. I’m hesitant to make big changes, in part because I want to be easily recognizable. I want someone who sees my picture online to recognize me at a conference or trade show. There’s a lot of talk these days about branding, and I think many of us want to be seen as a self-sufficient package, autonomous and valuable. Beauty bloggers are a great example; they need to walk the line between having a clear, consistent aesthetic and offering inspiration that is surprising enough to maintain interest. Click the notes to learn how three of my favorites—Lua P, Nadia Esra, and Ebba Zingmark—get it just right. –– Laura MartinClick for StyleNotes →
Red is a color that human eyes see very well, making it possible for us to distinguish between dozens of shades ranging from burgundy, to crimson, to copper. But to create a red that is just “red” without appearing either orange or violet tinged, is one of the hardest things to do with hair color. The reason is that hair color pigments (the ones in semi, demi, and permanent dye) don’t come in red. They only exist in red-orange and red-violet. To create a pure red, one must blend and layer. If you examine the image above you’ll notice that what at first appears to be a primary hue is actually a blend of two different colors, a cool red at the edges and a warmer one on the interior, but the difference is just subtle enough that the finished effect reads are a pure, saturated hue. Learn to create this seemingly simple shade in the notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →