TIP OF THE DAY: The Rules of Brunettes

By George Papanikolas | 04/16/2014 11:21:00 AM

 

click image to zoomActress Minka Kelly attends the Almost Human-(hattan) Experience in Herald Square on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage I believe that some of the most innovative and interesting color effects are being done on brunettes these days. Dark-haired celebrities like the Kardashians, Minka Kelly, Maria Menounos and Naya Rivera are leading the way with beautiful tones of soft chocolate that melt into lighter golden or mocha brown tones toward the ends. 

Here are a few of my rules when it comes to creating these modern brunette color effects:

1. STAY AWAY FROM UNIFORM HIGHLIGHTS. I’m seeing a backlash against what brunette clients perceive as ombrè and as a result, they’re requesting more uniform highlights. But that’s a mistake because placing a highlight next to a dark root creates an unattractive, “zebra” effect. So I call the technique “sun-melting” and I show my clients photos of celebrities so they can see the beautiful, natural effect.

2. DON'T OVER DO IT. When it comes to highlighting brunettes, less is more. You only need a few strategically-placed sections on mid-lengths and ends, and maybe around the face for impact. If you over-highlight brunettes, the overall color could look brassy.

3. NEUTRALIZE OVER LIFT. I don’t like to lift brunette color too much. I prefer to neutralize underlying warmth with a gloss like Matrix Gloss Sync to preserve the integrity of the hair.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George Papanikolas

Celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas has his hands in the hair of Hollywood’s most mercurial Misses including Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Britney Spears, and the Sisters Kardashian. His ability to create quick change-ups in their hair color sets trends. His trademark“beach-style” highlighting techniques have evolved into today’s popular ombré and balayage techniques. Papanikolas practices his brand of color magic in West Hollywood at the Andy Lecompte Salon, and in New York City at the Rita Hazan Salon and as a guest colorist at one of the top salons in Dubai.

 


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