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December 29, 2015

9 Celebrity Shades That Let the Sun Shine In!

It may be cold and overcast at home, but not in Hollywood, where the sun shines all year and haircolor can’t hide in the winter shadows. So what better place to turn for inspiration for sparkling color shifts and upgrades? Here are nine celebrity hues to help chase away the winter haircolor blues.

 It’s Summer Somewhere!
9 Celebrity Shades That Let the Sun Shine In!

By Heather Haemker

Drape, retouch, rinse, repeat. All winter long. This can be the season of haircolor inertia as clients simply want to get their roots done and then head back to their cozy nests. Well it may be cold and overcast at home, but not in Hollywood, where the sun shines all year and haircolor can’t hide in the winter shadows. So what better place to turn for inspiration for sparkling color shifts and upgrades? Here are nine celebrity hues to help chase away the winter haircolor blues.

1. Bella Thorne’s Blush Gold
Playing off of Bella’s naturally peachy roots, Celebrity Colorist Rona O’Connor created a 14-carat rose gold. “This shade complements her warm complexion and brown eyes very well,” Rona notes, stating that she added a bit of red to give the shade a kick. “This formula is so simple, and the end result is so beautiful and unique, it’s perfect for anyone looking to go red, but not too red.”

Goldwell Color Formulas
Formula A (base):
40ml Goldwell Topchic 9G + 10ml 8KG + 50ml 20-volume peroxide

Formula B (highlights): 25ml Topchic 9G + 3ml GG Mix + 10-volume peroxide

Formula C (highlights): 15ml Topchic 9G + 10ml 8KG + 1ml GG Mix + 10-volume peroxide

Formula D (gloss): 60ml Colorance Developer Regular + 10ml 10G + 10ml 9KG + 5ml 8G + 1ml 8K + 2ml GG Mix + 1/2ml KK Mix (Rona refreshes Bella’s color every four weeks.)

Application
1. Apply Formula A to all hair. Simultaneously create fine slices and alternate Formulas B and C in back-to-back foils, leaving about ½-inch between sections. Begin the foil application in the back, then work around to the front. (Rona works with very wide foils.) Apply Formula C in foils to the underneath section, using a chunkier weave to create dimension. Process all formulas for an additional 15 minutes.

2. At the sink, remove the foils, beginning in the back, and shampoo the hair.

3. Apply Formula D to all towel-dried hair, pinning sections up loosely with large jaw clips. Process for 10 minutes without heat.

2. Dakota Johnson’s Multi-Tonal Babylights
Dakota is fifty shades of sexy with this sleek bob and a color that MèCHE Salon’s Tracey Cunningham describes as “beachy pretty.” Tracey explains, “The key to this blend is dressing up a brunette base with super fine babylights to add just the right amount of depth and dimension.”

Redken Color Formulas
Formula A (root gloss): Redken Shades EQ 7n + 7nb + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Formula B (babylights): Redken Flashlift + 20-volume developer + ¼ oz. Olaplex
 
Formula C (full head gloss): Redken Shades EQ 9g + 9aa + 8c + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Apply Formula A to the root area and then create babylights throughout with Formula B. Apply Olaplex to the ends and process for 20 minutes. Gloss all strands with Formula C.

3. Chrissy Teigen’s Double Highlights 
Combining conventional highlights and balayage eliminates the need for frequent retouches, shares Tracey, which is a blessing for Chrissy’s busy schedule. “Blending the two techniques allows her natural base to flow seamlessly into her highlights without harsh demarcation,” Tracey explains. “It also makes her ends appear brighter without compromising the condition of her long hair.”

Natural Level: 4, dark brown

Redken Color Formulas
Formula A (highlights): 1 scoop Redken Flash Lift Maximum Power Lightening Powder + 1 oz. 20-volume Pro-oxide Cream Developer 

Formula B (balayage): 1 oz. Redken Blonde Idol Oil Booster + 2 packettes Blonde Idol Customizable Blue Powder Activator + 2 oz. 30-volume Pro-oxide Cream Developer 

Formula C (glaze): Redken Shades EQ Gloss  1 oz. 09N Vanilla Crème + 1 oz. 09NB Cayenne Shades + 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution

Sectioning
Create a horseshoe shaped section that starts at the corner of the eye and extends to the crown, ending at the opposite corner of the eye. Separate the front from the back with a vertical parting from the horseshoe parting to the top of the ear. Repeat on the opposite side. Divide the back equally with a vertical parting from the horseshoe parting to the center of the nape. Secure both sides.

1. Starting in the back corner, create a ¼-inch diagonal back section and place on a foil. Apply Formula A, then fold and secure the foil. Complete the back section in this manner and repeat on the opposite side.

2. In the front of the ear, create a ¼-inch diagonal back section and place on a foil. Apply Formula A, fold and secure the foil. Continue working up the head in this manner, completing both side sections. 

TIP: Try altering the ratio of both formulas to create a lighter result around the face

3. Starting above the corner of the left eye, create a ¼-inch diagonal back section and place on a foil. Apply Formula A. Work toward the crown in this manner, alternating formulas until the top section is complete.

4. In front of the ear area, create a few sections within the unfoiled hair and apply Formula B, using a balayage technique. Continue creating random balayage sections to achieve the desired amount of lightness. Process at room temperature for 45 minutes. Shampoo, condition and dry the hair.

5. Apply Formula C to all strands with a global application. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes.

4. Khloe Kardashian’s Creamy Balayage
A significant shift from her natural, dark color, Khloe’s creamy new shade made headlines. It’s brilliant with her skin tone and eye color and serves as proof that any time is the right time to go lighter! Here’s the formula that Tracey used to create this color (after four previous highlights).

Redken Color Formulas
Formula A (weave highlights): Redken Flashlift + 30-volume developer + ¼ oz. Olaplex

Formula B (balayage highlights): Redken Flashlift + 40-volume developer + 1/8 oz. Olaplex 

Formula C (front hairline): Redken Shades  EQ 9nb + 9n + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Formula D (roots only): Redken Shades EQ 7nb + 8n + Shades EQ Processing Solution

Apply weave highlights to remaining dark hair with Formula A, process and remove. Apply balayage highlights with Formula B, process and remove. Glaze the front hairline with Formula C and glaze the remaining root area with Formula D to create depth. Process for 10 minutes. Do not gloss the ends.

Jen Atkin Breaks Down Khloe’s Chic Cut!
This Kardashian didn’t break the internet—but she did prove short hair is definitely sexy! Recently, Khloe agreed with her long time stylist Jen Atkin, who recommended a fresh shoulder-length chop. “Khloe is known for her long, beautiful hair, but I’ve been begging her to go short for ages,” shares Jen. “This year she’s worked so hard— working out all the time, eating healthy, writing her new book—so she felt it was time to do something new! I was surprised when she actually said she wanted to go for it, but it looks great and it gives her confidence!” Jen reveals she kept the length below the collarbone so the hair still felt “long” to Khloe. She kept the ends blunt for a modern shape, then cut lots of textured layers throughout the interior. “This cut gives Khloe the option to flip it from side to side, wear it wavy or let it air dry,” says Jen.

5. Ellie Goulding’s Ecru Blonde 
“This color complements Ellie’s fair skin and works really well with a dark winter wardrobe,” says Matrix Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas.

Natural Level: 7 dark blonde

Matrix Color Formulas
Formula A (base):
1½ oz. SOCOLOR UL-M (Mocha) + 3 oz. 30-volume
MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula B (balayage): 1 oz. sachet LIGHTINSIDER Lightening Booster Powder + 3 oz. 30-volume COLORINSIDER Oil-Cream Developer + 1 oz. tube
LIGHTINSIDER Lightening Conditioning Cream

Apply Formula A and process for 50 minutes. Rinse and dry the hair completely; then apply balayage highlights with Formula B. George uses a freehand application technique—soft and delicate in the new growth area and gradually becoming thicker and heavier toward the ends. “LIGHTINSIDER has a great consistency and texture for balayage, and the non-ammonia formula keeps the hair in optimal condition,” comments George.

6. Gwen Stefani’s Autumn Blonde
“Gwen always sports her signature platinum blonde,” observes Joico Celebrity Colorist Denis de Souza, “but in the summer, it’s cooler, and in the fall, it’s a little warmer. This is her fall blonde shade.”

Natural Level: 7

Joico Color Formulas
Formula A (regrowth):
Joico Vero K-PAK Crème Lightener + 20-volume Vero K-PAK Color Veroxide 

Formula B (toner): Joico TPB/Pearl Blonde Toner + 20-volume Vero K-PAK Color Veroxide.

Apply Formula A to new growth and process to desired level of lift. Apply Formula B, pulling the color through the midlengths and ends for the last five minutes of the processing time.

 

7. Michelle Dockery’s Rich Espresso
“Michelle’s cool brunette shade is rich and shiny and offers a striking contrast to her porcelain complexion,” shares Denis.

Natural Level: 5/6

Joico Color Formulas
Formula A (base): Joico Vero K-PAK Color ½ 4N/Dark Brown + ½ 4A/Dark Ash Brown + 20-volume Vero K-PAK Color Veroxide 

Formula B (gloss): Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome ½ A5/Medium Ash Brown + ½ A7/Dark Ash Blonde + Vero K-PAK Chrome Activator Crème Developer

Apply Formula A from roots to new growth and process for 35 minutes. Apply Formula B to the midlengths and ends during the last 10 minutes of the base color processing time.

 

8. “Blacklist’s” Megan Boone Shifts from Chocolate Brown to Warm Butter Blonde
Jason Backe, Celebrity Colorist at Ted Gibson Salon in New York was thrilled and excited when client Megan Boone announced she was ready for this major change. Then he got busy!

Natural Level: virgin Level 4

L’Oréal Professionnel Color Formulas
Formula A (new growth): L’Oréal Professionnel Majilift 607 + 20-volume developer 

Formula B (midlengths and ends): L’Oréal Professionnel Majilift 607 + 30-volume developer 

Formula C (micro-fine highlights): L’Oréal Professionnel Blond Studio Maji Meches + 30-volume developer

Formula D (gloss): L’Oréal Professionnel DIA Richesse 9.31 + 9-volume developer

Formula E (face frame highlights): L’Oréal Professionnel Blond Studio Multi Techniques Powder + 40-volume developer 

Formula F (gloss): L’Oréal Professionnel DIA Light 10.32 + 15-volume developer

Apply Formula A to the regrowth area and Formula B to midlengths and ends and process for 30 minutes. Shampoo the hair and dry it completely. Next, create a full head of microfine highlights using Formula C. Process with heat for 15 minutes, shampoo and towel-dry the hair. Gloss the hair with Formula D, shampoo and dry completely. Create face frame highlights with Formula E for a bright pop. Process and gloss all strands with Formula F.


 

9. Bryce Dallas Howard’s Copper Red
This rich strawberry blonde color looks completely natural with Bryce’s skin tone. Theprogression from depth at the roots to light on the ends balances her profile perfectly, according to Tracey. 

Natural Level 6: dark blonde 

Redken Color Formulas
Formula A (balayage):
1 scoop Redken Blonde Idol Free Hand Creamy Lightener + 1½ oz. 30-volume Pro-oxide Cream Developer 

Formula B (glaze): Redken Shades EQ Gloss 1½ oz. 09NB Irish Creme + ¼ oz. 09AA Papaya + ¼ oz. 09GB Butter Cream + 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution  

Formula C (glaze): ½ oz. 09NB Irish Creme Shades EQ Gloss + ¼ oz. 09AA Papaya Shades EQ Gloss + ¼ oz. 09GB Butter Cream Shades EQ Gloss + 1 oz. Crystal Clear + 2 oz. Shades EQ Processing Solution

Application
1. In the front recession area, create a diagonal back parting that extends to the occipital area. Repeat on the opposite side.

2. Above the left ear, create a deep V section.

3. Apply Formula A, starting mid-strand and gently working up toward the scalp and down toward the ends, for a very smooth transition. Stop approximately 2 inches from the scalp. Place a small piece of cotton under the section to prevent bleeding onto dry areas. Continue working around the head on both sides.

4. When complete, release a tier from above and repeat the technique. Process at room temperature until the hair is pale yellow, or up to 50 minutes. Shampoo and dry the hair.

TIP: Hold the brush perpendicular to the section for a smooth transition.

5. Apply Formula B to the scalp area, then immediately apply Formula C to midshafts and ends, saturating each section thoroughly. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes, shampoo and condition.