4 Hair Color Looks That Add Depth, Dimension and Richness

By Lauren Salapatek | 08/13/2014 9:53:00 AM


Hairstylist and Make-up Artist Cristen Smith (Instagram's @cristen_smith) discovered her passion for beauty at an early age and felt that pursuing a career in the beauty industry was something she was born to do. “Enhancing someone’s beauty and confidence increases the passion I have for my job,” she says. MODERN recently discovered this rising star on Instagram through the photo below.

click image to zoom(From left to right) Look 1, Look 2, Look 3, Look 4

To create each of these looks she used Matrix hair color. “I love using Matrix products and color, they give such great results,” she says. “I am a big fan of their demi-permanent Gloss Sync and Color Sync lines!”


“I left my client’s natural base to avoid having a lot of upkeep. I used Matrix Light Master with 20 volume to create the highlights. I lifted the hair to a yellow-gold, then toned it with Matrix Color Sync, 8N with 10 volume. I let the hair process for about 8 minutes.”


“My client came to me with her natural, virgin base! She wanted something different to break up the color, something soft, yet noticeable. I suggested balayage highlights because it was her first time coloring her hair and I didn’t want to overwhelm her with a big change and a lot of upkeep. I used Matrix High Lift Color, UL-A, and I let the hair process for about 30 minutes. No toner was needed.”


“I wanted to create a lot of richness without the color being too vivid or bright. I added in lowlights all over using Matrix Color Sync, 8RC with 10 volume and processed the hair for 20 minutes. I absolutely love these rich, red coppery colors in the fall!”


“My client came to me with her natural base which was dull and lifeless. She requested something to add more shine to her hair and make it appear a little darker to create some richness and depth. I applied Matrix Gloss Sync, 5N with 10 volume and processed the hair for 20 minutes.”


HOW-TO: Give Dark Hair Dimension With Red Violet Tones

By Lauren Salapatek | 04/03/2014 | WWW.MODERNSALON.COM | HAIR-PHOTOS
Cristen Smith posted to MODERN’s #hairdressermagic hashtag recently a picture of a dark haired client (level 3 base color) who wanted something new and bold, yet tasteful. Smith decided to give her client some red violet tones throughout, while breaking up the dark colo ...
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Some more of our favorite looks by Cristen Smith! Check out her Instagram for more information.

click image to zoom"Back to reality & back to work! Had so much fun creating this fierce red ombré!" says Smith.

click image to zoom"Revamped @jessie___martinez 's hair with some soft ombré highlights and big waves!" says Smith.

click image to zoom"Created this dimensional blonde with seamless balayage highlights!" says Smith.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

You can find Lauren on Google+ or e-mail her at lsalapatek@modernsalon.com.


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