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Red


Red

Hair: Xena’s Beauty Company, New York, NY; Photo: Global Hair & Fashion Group.

Keep your fiery red mane in check with fabulous tips from Suzie Bond of Perfect 5th Salon in Mooresville, NC, and Tania Fredericks of Chumba Concept Salons in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Shade Selection “A bright color needs to ‘go’ with the rest of your hair,” says Bond. “Brown hair and cool blonde hair look great with cool colors like purple, blue, red and pink. Warm blonde shades look good with yellow, gold and orange.”
  • DIY If you’re determined to DIY when it comes to your color, Bond and Fredericks have a few tips. “All of the DIY colors work similarly,” says Bond. “They stain the hair. Because the color can only stain the hair, it’s important to know that the darker your natural haircolor is, the less vibrant the artificial color will be. Fredericks adds that, depending on the color of your hair, you may need to star with bleach. “For a blonde or a very light red head, it’s usually as simple as applying the desired color,” says Fredericks. “However, for a brunette or darker red head, it’s necessary to first pre-lighten sections using bleach. Once light enough, the bleach is rinsed off, the hair is dried and the vibrant color is applied.”
  • Mane Maintenance Bond recommends using a color-safe shampoo, and she also suggests not shampooing everyday. “Water is the enemy!” she says. “Also, try to stay away from high-heat tools like a flat iron.”

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This gorgeous redhead who’s known for her current role on True Blood and former role as Elsbeth on The Good Wife stands out on screen with her fiery mane…

Bright crimson strands stand out against her gorgeous skin. Layered tresses fall just to the shoulders as a swooping fringe adds a touch of whimsy.

Photo: courtesy Sophisticate’s.

Brunette


Brunette

Hair: Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, Atlanta, GA; Photo: Global Hair & Fashion Group.

Love the idea of going all in with a rich, brunette shade? Color experts give advice on what you should consider before coloring your hair.

  • Selecting A Color “Complexion and eye color will greatly affect your decision on haircolor choice,” asserts All-Nutrient Artistic Team Member Frances London DuBose. “Black hair can be very harsh as can neon colors.” As a general rule of thumb bronze or yellow skin tones and medium or dark eyes look wonderful in copper and warm browns and light complexions with a bluish tone and darker or brighter eye colors can wear darker colors like black and mahogany.
  • Hair Health “The single biggest obstacle in creating a new color is the current health, or lack of health, of the hair,” says Keith Ferguson, All-Nutrient Regional Educator. “Healthy hair can undergo virtually any color change, including using bleach and higher-lift colors. For those with damaged hair, now is not the time for highlights or drastic changes. An accomplished colorist will give you the best options that will not only get your hair back into condition, but will provide you with the best color techniques.”
  • Color Duration “Semi-permanent color is non-peroxide, demi-permanent has a low-volume and permanent uses a 20-volume developer,” explains DuBose about the technicalities of color choices. So, semi-permanent color cannot lighten hair, and the color will last through about six to 12 shampoos. Demi-permanent can lighten the color a little and deposit color so it lasts a bit longer—about 12 to 26 shampoos. Permanent color is just that—you’ve got it until it grows out.

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Alyssa Milano

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Whether she’s starring in the sexy show Mistresses to hosting the second season of Project Runway All Stars, the beautiful Alyssa Milano is always charming and knows how to keep fans on their toes with her mane switch-ups…

She’s worn it straight, curly, short and long and she’s owned every single look. Here, Alyssa shows off her long, chestnut-hued curls. Lengths flow past her shoulders in a sea of coils. A texturizing spray and curling iron can help get this stunning style.

Photo: courtesy The CW.

Blonde


Blonde

Hair: Douglas Carroll Salon, Raleigh, NC; Photo: Global Hair & Fashion Group.

Ready to be a white-hot babe? Make sure you’re getting the best color for your skin tone and tress texture with amazing tips from color experts:

  • Watch Your Tone “If you have an olive complexion, you might want to make sure this light of a blonde is going to be suitable,” advises Douglas David of Douglas Carroll Salon. “If you have a pink or creamy complexion, it’s a go!”
  • Texture Check “I don’t find curly hair looks very good in platinum,” admits Paul Kenneth of Paul Kenneth Salon. “It’s a little bit more involved. Wavy is fine, but I think straight is the best.”
  • Coif Care “This haircolor needs to have a lot of care,” says Stefan Herz of Herz Hair Design. Makr Copeland of Hair Benders Internationalé agrees. “The major thing is upkeep. Depending on what your natural haircolor is, you are probably going to have touch up the color every two to three weeks,” says Copeland. David adds: When you come in for root touch-ups, the actual color needs to be treated, too. Even blondes need to have the color richened up or it begins to look flat.”

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AnnaSophia Robb

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The Carrie Diaries’ AnnaSophia Robb stepped into some pretty big (and fabulous) shoes when she took on the role of young Carrie Bradshaw. The young actress illuminates the screen with her gorgeous features and voluminous mane.

Bouncy coils are fun and young and pair perfectly with a golden yellow hue. Ringlets can be created using a small-barrel curling iron or small heat rollers. It’s the perfect style for a fun-loving blonde beauty!

Photo: courtesy The CW.

Highlights


Highlights

Hair: Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, Atlanta, GA; Photo: Global Hair & Fashion Group.

When changing up your mane with fabulous color, there are a few things to keep in mind to help maintain your cool new hue…

  • Keep It Up “Using a temporary color shampoo at home can refresh your haircolor,” says Michael Kunz, All-Nutrient Regional Educator. ‘These are water-based, direct dyes that will not lighten or permanently affect your natural pigment. Using products that prevent fading is key to maintaining haircolor. You want to look for ingredients like sunflower seed oil and grape seed extract, which protect against UV damage and other environmental factors.”
  • Root Fix If your roots are showing, Kunz recommends covering them with temporary haircolors in the forms of crayons, creams or powders. “They can be brushed on to blend and conceal the contrast,” he explains. Keith Ferguson, All-Nutrient Regional Educator, also suggests trying a zigzag parting. “This hides roots up to six weeks!”
  • Pick A Technique “Ombré and balayage allow clients to go longer between colorings,” explains Lana Soussan, senior stylist at James Joseph Salon in Boston, MA. “I’m also doing reverse ombrés where the color starts off blonde at the roots and gets darker on the ends. Those fun colors will come into play with temporary color techniques like hair chalking.”

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Jenna Ushkowitz

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Jenna Ushkowitz’s mane always hits the right notes. Her standout talent and star style keeps us tuning into Glee every week to catch a glimpse of this gorgeous starlet.

Jenna’s long, jet-black strands are stunning with bronze highlights and fierce fringe that help frame the face and brighten the silhouette. A medium-barrel curling iron helps create hypnotizing swirls.

Photo: courtesy FOX.

Find Your Perfect Hue


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“Blake Lively is the most-asked-for blonde,” says O’Connor. “She’s my client!”

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“We are still seeing a lot of popularity with Jennifer Lopez because of her natural and simple looking ombré,” says Stenstrom.

Elizabeth Stenstrom, owner of L Salon & Color Group, San Mateo, CA, and Rona O’Connor, owner/master colorist and corrective color expert of Lukaro Salon, Beverly Hills, CA, gave Sophisticate’s the details on what’s hot in haircolor…

“Right now, we’re seeing a lot of rich copper colors. The colors aren’t just deep tones, but rich and vibrant,” says Stenstrom. “A huge trend in our salon is the natural ombré, which is so popular because it’s low maintenance. And it complements every type of skin tone.” Want a more natural look? Stenstrom suggests balayage…”Balayage is a huge hit in our salon,” she adds. “We are using this technique more than highlighting because you can give your client a very natural look.”

Celeb colorist O’Connor fills us in on what techniques are perfect for fashionistas. “For the fashion forward: Peek-a-boo color is hot,” she explains. “It’s an accent color to enhance a cut, tailor a look or create a statement: from a brush stroke of turquoise in a bang to a shock of platinum in dark brunette.”

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