The Summer Color Refresh:
By: Angie Sterkel
Too severe? Too flat? Sometimes brunette color is in need of an Rx, but without a jarring color shift. Wella Top Stylists and owners of The Doves Studio in Santa Monica, CA Christopher and Sonya Dove share tips for high impact, yet drama-free, brunette color refreshers for summer.
YOUR BRUNETTE…IS TOO SEVERE
TRY: Lifting the ends and glossing
WHY IT WORKS: Well-placed highlights add instant dimension and remove the “weighty” feeling of too-dark hair. “Weaving in soft caramel tones can make hair look so much healthier,” say Chris and Sonya. “Katie Cassidy’s new color combination looks great in warmer weather and really enhances her skin tone.”
USE THIS FORMULA: Pre-lighten the hair with Wella Blondor + Koleston Perfect 20-volume developer. Shampoo, rinse and tone with Wella Color Touch 7/73 Medium Blonde/Brown Gold + 1.9% emulsion.
TIP: “Remember that clients tend to go lighter in the spring and summer, especially around the face,” the Doves say. “If you’re starting with very dark hair, proceed gradually as lightening haircolor from one extreme to another can damage the hair. Recommend deep conditioning treatments to keep clients’ hair in peak condition.”
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: “This type of look provides so much versatility,” say Chris and Sonya. “With the lightened ends and deeper roots, she can refresh her hair with different tones using a demi-permanent color. It’s a great way to change things up without stressing the hair. Try a copper brunette or a cool brunette.”
YOUR BRUNETTE…HAS FALLEN FLAT
TRY: Going red
WHY IT WORKS: A single-process deep red adds vibrancy to an otherwise one-note brunette. Case in point: Berenice Bejo’s recent color upgrade. “A red tone creates a fresher, lighter summer look,” say the Doves. “The bright, rich color makes a stronger statement than a standard brunette.”
USE THIS FORMULA: Wella Color Touch 6/4 Dark Blonde/Red + 1.9% emulsion. “She has fine hair,” says Sonya, “and fine hair tends to grab color well!”
HOW TO MAINTAIN IT: “Red tones can be tricky,” says Chris. “Reds tend to fade most quickly from hair, so encourage your client come in every two to three weeks for a refresher.”
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE: “If you want to create a more dimensional look, break up the solid red with some highlights and lowlights,” the Doves say. “We would either foil or balayage in different colors depending on the desired outcome.”
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