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Add an edgy touch to your look by blending natural tones with a splash of vibrance. These off colors, which fall somewhere in-between neutral shades and fashion tones, provide a wearable alternative to pastels and brights. Violet brown, silver gray, and other off-color shades provide a touch of punk influence without feeling over the top. The understated take on fashion tones will add interest to your ensembles without demanding to become the focal point. Learn how to achieve this unusual hues in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: An easy way to add a bit of unexpected tone to your hair is with a tinted conditioner. Try red, violet or gold, to play up the tones that already exist in your hair.

Step: For a slightly bolder take on the trend, glaze your hair with a demi-permanent blend of your base shade and some pure tone. Goldwell Mix tones are a great way to amp up the undertones in any hue.

Step: For the longest lasting and most customizable take on the trend use Goldwell Elumen to create a customized tone. Test shades on white paper before applying to hair to ensure a predictable end result.


Top Left, Image and Hair Credit to Alexander Scott of BANG Seattle.



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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