Some folks love to color their hair with soft blonde or bronde highlights. The more subtle, understated, and natural-looking, the better. But others prefer something a little more dramatic.
The name of the game these days is Crayola. When it comes to hair-color, the more eye-popping, the more out there, the better. We’re talking any number of takes on magenta, fuchsia, pink, teal, purple, green — whatever unicorn-inspired hues your little heart desires.
For some serious hue artistry, look no further than the vivid work of Los Angeles–based colorist Jessica Warburton. Look what she did to one client, who came in with washed-out purple tresses and left looking like a literal ray of sun.
“This one was tough because as most of you know, purples and yellows cancel each other out. I had to carefully remove the dark purple enough to get the smooth transitions. I was pretty nervous doing this but pulled it off,” she wrote on Instagram.
The end result looks smooth and glam. The process of getting there, however?
“That was a work of love, let me tell you. I think anybody who has a vague understanding of color theory knows that purple, orange and yellow will cancel each other out. They tend to make your hair brown,” Warburton tells Allure. “I had to be really careful with what I was doing. I looked at her base. I tried to remove as much of the purple as much as I could. Then we went in with the orange and yellow. I had to deepen them a little bit so they wouldn’t be too light.”
Back when she started, says Warburton, her passion for pigments wasn’t remotely universal.
“Now, they are super popular,” says Warburton. “When I started doing these colors in 2013, I auditioned to work in a salon. I did rainbow bangs on my best friend. The salon owner told me I should reconsider being in the industry. Now that’s all I do. It’s what people want.”
Before you make your appointment, a few things to note: “It is not cheap. It’s a lot of work and a lot of product. It’s a lot of maintenance. The colors fade quicker,” says Warburton. “You’re going into the salon every 6-8 weeks. You should wash your hair once a week. People should be prepared.”
A few pretty solid products to keep your color in place, from my shower to yours: Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Mask, and Kerastase Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free shampoo.
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