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From Dark to Red: Ariel Winter's 'The Little Mermaid' Dreams Come True

by Jamie Newman | May 6, 2019
"The trick is to lift the hair as evenly as possible with the least amount damage, so your final shade takes evenly with tons of vibrancy and shine," Tabitha Dueñas says. Tabitha Dueñas
"The trick is to lift the hair as evenly as possible with the least amount damage, so your final shade takes evenly with tons of vibrancy and shine," Tabitha Dueñas says.Tabitha Dueñas

Actress Ariel Winter took cues from a famous mermaid of the same name for this dramatic, fabulous color transformation by Nine Zero One Salon's Master Stylists Tabitha Dueñas and Tim Dueñas. Tabitha did Winter's color, Tim did the cut. 

"I collaborated with Ariel on this as far as inspiration," Tabitha Dueñas said. "Some of her reference photos included Jessica Chastain. We wanted it to be vibrant, but still natural."

Tabitha Dueñas veered on the more copper side of the red spectrum (rather than violet) in order to fit Winter's personal style. She adds for Winter's style and skin tone, dark brunette, bright blonde, or intense red are her best bets--nothing in between.

The final color result was created using the following formulas:
L’Oréal INOA shades 7.34 + 7.44 + 9.04 + 10 volume

Gloss with Redken Shades EQ 8C + 9AA

"My hidden secret for perfecting color is keeping it healthy," Tabitha Dueñas says. "I use bond builders every step of the way, spraying the hair with Joico Defy Damage before color and adding Olaplex to every formula. Also using treatment based conditioners with every rinse. The trick is to lift the hair as evenly as possible with the least amount damage, so your final shade takes evenly with tons of vibrancy and shine."  

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