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Color Fix (Part 3)

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The client: Hettie, 22, Aprentice Hairdresser.

“I do not have much of a style at the moment, so I am really looking forward to the makeover. I am hoping for a whole new look; something a bit different.”

The colorist: Erin @ Penny lane house of hair

Description: Hettie, 22, Aprentice Hairdresser

Hettie, 22, Aprentice Hairdresser

Before: “Hettie had this blunt, square bob for ages, so I am going to shorten her hair and soften the overall style to suit her face shape. Her current hair color is too golden for her skin tone. Hettie’s eyes are blue, so shades like platinum or a cool strawberry- blonde are the most complimentary colors for her complexion.”

The color fix

Erin says she is going for a cool platinum color. “But I am incorporating a darker pastel tone around her face to add depth, which will enhance the cut and is great for winter,” she adds.

“I am cutting the back very short to hug the nape of her neck, but leaving some length at the front to frame her face, enhance her features and make her eyes stand out. If you lose a lot of color in winter, it is often a good idea to opt for a warmer, darker shade to bring out the warmth in your skin tone and prevent you from looking dull and pasty.  Anyone can wear almost any hair color as long as the shade of that color is tailored to suit their skin tone.”

The process

Wash, initial cut, blow- dry, foils to create splices of color in light honey blonde around the hairline and through the fringe to create depth, along with a lightning powder. The remaining hair is toned with pale pearly beige blonde to eliminate the brassiness, followed by another wash then blow- dry. The cut is tweaked then styled to create texture. This cut will be easy for Hettie to Style at home; but she will need a trim every four to six weeks and regular treatments, as bleached hair is vulnerable to breakage.

Diy danger

Bleaching hair yourself can cause a number of serious problems such as hair breakage (also known as chemical haircut), or it can turn bright orange and be very uneven. Problems like this end up costing more money to reverse than the initial cost of going to a professional salon.

Colorist tips & advice

“If you want a change, the first thing I recommend is visit a salon for a personal consultation to establish your options. I tailor cut and color to suit each individual client because hair is always different and never behaves the same way. Hair should not be hard work. It should consistently sit in the style it was cut for. Also, use products prescribed by your hairdresser for your specific hair- type and requirements, and take advantage of in- salon treatments such as the Revlon Color Boost whenever you have your hair done.”

Erin has transformed Hettie from a classic single- color bob to an edgy, multi- tonal short, textured style.

This shade will  suit anyone with the right style and a cool complexion.

Avoid this shade ifyou have a warm skin tone with natural black or red hair

Celebs working warmthMichelle Williams, Sarah Harding and Pink.

Description: I’m incorporating a darker pastel tone around her face to add depth

I’m incorporating a darker pastel tone around her face to add depth

Make- up tips & tricks

Eyes: use an eye- shadow the same color as your eyes to really make them pop

Cheeks: sweep bronzer lightly over cheeks for a golden sun- kissed look that will not clash with your eye- shadow

Lips: when emphasising eyes, opt for a neutral or nude lipstick with a high shine gloss. Do not choose a bold lip as well as a dark eye- shadow- go for one or the other.

The verdict: “this is the shortest I have had my hair since I was very young,” Hettie reveals. “I feel very different, but I love it. It makes my eyes stand out and I love the dark pieces. It is such a funky look; so unique. I feel like a whole new person.”

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