In Studio Color Therapy

The Other Side

Since its creation, ombré continues to take turns away from its roots into edgier territory—and this time it’s turned on its head. This upside-down ombré, spotted on actress Tia Mowry, features color that grows lighter horizontally across the head. Karim Odoms, Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist, created the look for Mowry, whom he has worked with since 2012.

“First I sectioned the hair in a Mohawk from one arch of the eyebrow to the next, and then from the front hairline to the back-top crown of the head, creating a rectangle,” Odoms explains. He pinned that section away, and then mixed levels 4 and 5 for a chocolate brown hue that he applied to the strands underneath as a base color. Next, Odoms added lightener 1½ inches from the roots. Once the color processed, he applied a mixture of sandy blonde and ash blonde toner to add dimension and shine, then parted Mowry’s hair toward the darker side of the ombré. “This color works well with medium-to-thick hair, and for just about any style,” says Odoms. “It looks great straight, curled or pulled up because you can see the color so beautifully.” —S.Z.

Hot Chocolate

Say goodbye to sun-kissed locks and welcome warm browns that set the tone for winter with L’Oréal Professionnel’s newest mocha shades. Available in Majirel and INOA permanent haircolor lines, the velvety hues with notes of hazelnut, nutmeg and chocolate are perfect for enhancing clients’ blonde or brunette bases. “My clients always ask to go darker once the weather cools down, and the mochas make this transition richer than ever before,” says L’Oréal Professionnel colorist Jason Backe. —C.R.