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    Dimensional Hair Color: The Blending of Several Colors

    Head shot of woman with a dimensional blended toffee hair color

    Dimensional hair color combines different hues on the same hair

    Think your hair color has the blahs? It’s time to take a dimensional hair color approach! To achieve a hair color that’s artistic, unique and always complementary to the cut—not to mention ultra-striking—you need to combine more than one color in the same family into a blend. For instance, Colleen Hennessey a Clairol Professional Color Master and Color Director at Adam Broderick Salon in Ridgefleld, CT, mixes up high lights, slicing and alternating color to flatter and harmonize with all lengths of hair. Toffee is accented with buttery blonde, copper enhances toffee and bright red stands out against darker richer shades.

    Anytime you combine lights and darks, decide if you want a natural or dramatic effect. If you stay within the same color family and use slightly lighter or darker hues, the effect is subtler. For drama, blend blonde, red and brunette hair colors. Whatever your choice, never choose more than three colors—the result will be too crazy.

    In the salon, your hair colorist can determine the best hair color placement. At home, it’s best to accent hair with a single shade that’s close to your own and start out slowly. Test the color underneath the nape first to see how it turns out. Then apply it to a few, very fine sections in front and see what you get. Like the look? Maintain it, or heighten the effect during your next salon visit.

    For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

    Article courtesy of Harris Publications

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    New Dimensional Hair Color

    Dimensional Hair Color

    Dimensional hair color with a twist!

    During my years of working behind the chair in the salon, I’ve learned hair and fashion should always complement one another but recently a new approach to dimensional hair coloring has altered my thinking. Dimensional hair color is offering new twists and turns that are stirring up the pot, making hair color extremely exciting!

    Dimensional hair color has made significant shifts recently. The range of end results still span from classy to funky, but the quality of inconsistency is an unexpected look to modern hair color, similar to the miss-match of fashion in recent years.  Today, in fashion as well as in hair color, expected color coordination just doesn’t look modern. To illustrate this, imagine a red-headed woman, wearing a taupe colored suit, carrying a rich green colored handbag. Not matchy-matchy right? The bright green is the “surprise” element.

    As a make-up artist as well as a hair colorist, I take complementary color very seriously and I love this fresh, new creative theme about dimensional hair color happening today. Everyone can get a custom look with a twist — fabulous!

    In my earlier salon days, hair color was applied in a neat, proper, organized manner without any surprises. Surprises were considered “bad.” Now, I intentionally add the element of surprise, depending of course on the personal taste of the client in the chair.

    I can also use a more subtle approach to a client’s dimensional color. She may not be able to identify what is different, but knows that something has changed about her hair color that makes it new and exciting.

    Making hair color changes more vibrant and dynamic is vital to anyone spending time and money in the salon. Even the most conservative clients like change once in a while, even if it’s a tiny bit every now and then. This can be done with one all-over color or with highlights/lowlights.

    Whether doing dimensional hair color, changing a client from brown to blonde or blonde to brunette, covering grey hair or doing corrective coloring, the results with new hair coloring techniques just keeps getting better and better. I love what I do and I’m more excited doing hair color now than ever!



    Guest contributor Daisy is a hair colorist & stylist in Malibu & Santa Monica California specializing in dimensional color, highlights and hair color correction plus modern, personalized and balanced hair cuts. Check out her Photo Gallery & Hair Care & Trends Blog for style ideas & tips.


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