The client: Laura, 18, Uni Student
Laura is looking forward to being a
“shade closer” to her natural, ‘mid- brown’ hair color for about two months,
but now I want something more vibrant and slightly darker.”
The colorist: maria @ orbe
18, Uni Student
Before: “Laura’s hair is too golden and
causes her skin to appear paler than it actually is. Her regrowth is very
prominent and, overall, her hair is quite dull and lifeless.”
The color fix
Maria: “I have chosen a vibrant red tone for
Laura. It is colorance intensive by Goldwell, which is a deep red with a copper
undertone. I want to stick with a red tone, but deepen the coulour so it is
less warm and brassy, and more cool and rich. Vibrant colors are great for
winter as they tend to hold for longer.”
“Before deciding on a color or shade, a
good colorist will ask the client questions about their lifestyle, the colors
they like and dislike and the amount of time spent washing, brushing and
styling their hair. Giving someone a high maintenance color when they have no
time to maintain it is pointless and will just result with an unhappy client,
as well as possible hair damage.
In Laura’s case, I understood that she
wanted a daeker shade; so, we different from her natural color, but was simply
more vibrant. The Goldwell color is applied to dry hair and left to process for
about 20 minutes under a heater. After the hair is washed and conditioned, it
is followed by a blow- dry.
Choosing the correct shade to suit your skin-
tone can be very difficult, Marie confesses. If you choose the wrong color, or end
up with a shade you do not like, it can be difficult to reverse the damage. You
also run the risk of missing sections of hair if you are applying color
yourself; and with a rich red, the missed spots will be very obvious. With any color,
we recommend having it applied by a professional who can advise you on the most
suitable shade and ensure a high color quality.
chosen a vibrant red tone for Laura
Colorist tips & advice
Red hair is fashionable and very popular at
Marie says the best thing about red hair is
“there are many different shades to suit almost any skin tone”. She recommends
people find pictures of hair colors and shades they really like. Then visit a
professional colorist to discuss your options. For a less dramatic change, opt
for highlights or lowlights to create depth and interest.
This shade will suit … anyone
with light, dark or medium olive/ cool skin who loves to make a statement, and
is willing to visit a salon every four to six weeks to maintain the color.
Avoid this shade if … you have
rosacea or very pink skin as it will only enhance your pink undertones and
cause you to look flushed
Celebs working warmth … Rihanna and
Make- up tips & tricks
darkening your hair, you will need to ensure your brows balance with your new
look. To darken brows, use an angled brow brush and, with small strokes in the
direction of the hair growth, apply an eyeshadow that is a shade or two daker
than your natural brows.
use greens, browns and neutrals. A simple eye with strong eyeliner looks great
on Laura and compliments her retro look and blunt fringe. Do not go over board
with color on your eyes as it will clash with your hair color. Pink eyeshadows
are a big ‘no, no’ with red hair. If unsure, keep eyes simple and stick to
Lips: try a
classic red lipstick paired with heavy black eyeliner. Laura’s red lips help to
create a perfectly balanced look with a striking retro statement.
“I love it! Laura says. “My hair actually shiny now and my skin looks darker
and healthier. I felt so dull before, but now I feel fresh and vibrant. I am
very happy with the result.