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February 16, 2017

How-To: Red-Copper Dimension


Keeping your reds from browning out and getting flat can be tricky. That’s why we were so drawn to this gorgeous look from Ashleigh Nichols (@mane.therapy), a “hair therapist” at Dre’s Hair Salon in Scottsdale, Ariz. It got almost 9k likes on our Instagram, so we HAD to ask Ashleigh about her technique!

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Color Formulas
Formula A: Tocco Magico Color-ton 4A + 10-volume developer

Formula B: Goldwell Oxycur Platin Lightening Powder + 20-volume developer + Olaplex No.1

Formula C: Redken Shades EQ 8GW + 6CR



1. “When this client came in, she had approximately 1 inch of regrowth from her previous red color, so I mixed up Formula A (which is a mahogany red) to deposit only and give depth,” Ashleigh says. She applied that formula through zone 1, then used a W.O.W. Comb to comb the excess color down another ½ inch to 1 inch and blend away the old color line.

2. Section the hair into four quadrants. Starting in the back at the occipital, take ¼-inch drop-outs, weave, backcomb slightly and apply Formula B heavily at the ends, softly feathering upward. “I added Olaplex No.1 to drop the developer to 10-volume and protect the integrity of her hair,” Ashleigh says. Continue through all four sections.

3. Once all foils are placed, take random, larger sections of hair that were left out of the foils and backcomb, then add bleach and place in foil. “I find that this technique helps with the ‘melt’ effect,” Ashleigh adds.

4. Once she’s lifted to the desired level, wash and apply Olaplex No.2 for 5 minutes. Then towel-dry.

5. Apply Formula C at the bowl and process for 10 minutes.

$145 for cut and color
$75 for highlight and tone
Total: $220