Hair Color How To: Inspiration and Formulation for Terrific Topaz

Aug 12, 2013 - by Nick Arrojo

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Gems are fantastic sources of hair color inspiration because of their inherent reflective facets. As example, this sparkling taupe takes it’s hue from the silicate mineral, topaz. Pure topaz is colorless but impurities tint it’s prismatic surfaces with pinks, browns, and a multitude of other colors. This pastel chestnut shade is one of the more common variations. Read on for my professional formulation and application tips for luminous Topaz. –– Laura Martin

Tips: Using a cool, faceted shade a level lighter than the starting tone will reveal golden undertones for added shimmer. Mix a large enough batch to cover the entire head. Apply the color to the cold shaft first, starting half an inch from the roots and pulling through to the tips. Then apply to the roots and process for 30 minutes. If color is too warm, glaze with Goldwell colorant 9BA with 2% developer.

Formula: (on starting level 7)

Goldwell Topchic 8BKP with 20 Volume Developer

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

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