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A particularly stunning sunset is often set apart by the color, not of the sky, but of the clouds. The dimensional, semi-opaque forms reflect and combine the colors of the sky into scintillating combinations. This look has a similar beauty. Pairing vivid berry hues, corkscrew texture, and airy styling creates a look that is both powerful and feminine. The sculptural quality of the cut and the dark violet shade placed within the natural shadow line provides just enough weight and structure without compromising the enchanting lightness. Whatever your natural texture, this combination of softness and intensity is great styling inspiration; learn how add luminous whimsy to your own look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: If your hair is straight a modern texture service like American Wave can give you natural looking curls without frizz or damage. Visit to find out more about this revolutionary technique and find a salon near you that offers the service.

Step: Try a vibrant shade with a slightly darker frame for a luminous palette that isn’t harsh on your skin. Goldwell’s Elumen line has a multitude of long lasting shades in primary hues. Talk to your colorist about which tone is right for you.

Step: Use curl enhancer to maximize your natural texture and shine luxe oil to polish and add sparkle. Allow curls to dry naturally then use a wide tooth comb to gently separate and expand. If more volume is desired, add refinish dry shampoo to expand texture.

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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