Written by Sue Tyrrell (@suetyrrellstylist)
'Tis the season for warm tones. Fall tones are my favorite hue, and trust me when I say they are going to be bigger than ever this season. These tones go beautifully with everyone's skin tone and add that extra wow factor to your winter wardrobe. Be on the lookout for more low maintenance, chocolate caramel tones, like the one seen here, in the next few coming months.
I created this look with a combination of teased foils and painted panels for the lighter pieces and added a rich mocha tone lowlight throughout the rest of the hair to create beautiful depth. Less is more when it comes to this kind of technique. When you over saturate the hair with lightness, it won't have that bright contrasting pop.
The placement has tons of dimension while still maintaining a brunette base. It’s great for all lengths of hair, but if the hair was longer I would of had more of a concentration of light at the back and underneath. This way, when the client wears her hair forward she will still have some lighter pieces framing her face. I like to use gold in my formulas when a client wants brightness because gold lets light in and then reflects the light. This technique often works better than than using a cool tone with a blue or violet background or base, which will appear dull and dark with no brightness.
If the client wanted to go for a deeper, richer look and not have as much contrast, I would use similar tones and placement but my gloss formula would be darker and richer depending on the result I wanted to achieve.
STYLING TIPS: When it comes to styling, there's no right or wrong. These rich tones are beautiful when styled into a sleek, shiny wave or worn straight.
Before I blow-dry the hair, I apply Truss Professional Amino Spray for added protection and shine on damp hair and then spray Living Proof Control Hairspray, which has a heat protector built in on dry hair.
To recreate this style, use a Babyliss Pro 1 1/4 Curling Iron and take vertical sections about an inch wide. Leave the ends smooth and straight by running the curling iron over it. Let it sit for a few minutes to cool down and set, and then comb it through.
Then, use a texture spray to give it a little grit, and finish off with Truss Professional Instant Repair for the ultimate shine.