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Last updated: September 28, 2017

Going Rose: 2015’s Hottest Trend

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What has the trend appeal of a pastel color, is edgy and sweet at the same time and has been spotted on celebs like Sienna Miller and Cara Delevingne? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the answer: it’s that glowing, gilded, peach-pink tone that’s suddenly popping up on heads everywhere—Rose Gold. This trend has caught on with clients, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon. Why? Because as we’ve seen, it appeals to all different kinds of clients. It looks great on short hair or long hair, straight or wavy. It’s a little bit punk, and yet still feminine. You can blend it, you can ombré it and you can match it to your clients’ skin tones by playing with different shades of pink, violet or gold. Even BTC’s own Mary-Rector Gable couldn’t resist trying it out! Since it’s so popular, we asked BTC members what they think of the trend, what type of hair and skin tone it flatters and their favorite formulas and techniques they use to achieve the color. Here’s a roundup of the best responses!


“Rose gold is a color that is flattering on many different skin tones,” says BTC member Elijah James Cordova. Alyssa Orellana agrees. “Like red, it can flatter both warm and cool complexions,” she explains. “To me, it starts as a golden brown or strawberry blonde and then is cooled down with pink or even a light violet to the most flattering shade, whether that means it ends up on the warm side showing more gold or on the cool side showing more pink. Claudia Garciia-Bouchacourt says that although technically the color can be achieved on any level, it’s important to note that anything above a Level 10 or below a Level 4 wouldn’t be visibly apparent to anyone other than a fellow stylist. “So I tend to stick to Levels 5 through 9,” she says. “Rose Gold on Levels 10 through 12 doesn’t really translate well. They end up appearing as more of a Rose Gold translucency that, while very pretty, is something only fellow color geeks appear to notice.”


So how do you concoct the perfect shade for you clients? BTC members offer up their formulas!



Base: Aveda Full Spectrum Deep 40g 8N + 2g LRR + 2g LRV + Color Treatment Activator
Midlengths and ends:  Aveda Full Spectrum Deep 40g 12N + 2g LRR + 2g LRV + Color Treatment Activator


Redken and PRAVANA


1. Balayage the entire head using Redken Flashlift + 20-volume developer using Embee Meche to separate sections. Be sure to feather up some sections higher than others to ensure an even blend. Prelighten to a Level 8½ to 9.

2. Shampoo and tone with Redken Shades EQ Gloss in 9Gi.

3. Dry hair fully, then apply PRAVANA PASTELS Too Cute Coral to small sections, working into prelightened pieces. Massage into hair and process for 25 to 30 minutes. 



Apply Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome Ruby Red 1/4 + 3/4 Clear to prelightened, Level 9 hair (with gold tones) and Level 6 regrowth.




Goldwell Colorance 60ml Colorance Lotion + 25ml 10V + 2ml 8K + 3ml 6VV




Lightener: 10-volume Matrix Light Master (lightened to a Level 9)
MATRIX Color Sync 9C + 10MM + Clear 1:2:3


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