In With a Bang: How to Add Accent Color in the Fringe

Alison Alhamed | January 11, 2013 | 11:15 AM
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Hair: William DeRidder
Make-Up: Vanrie Anniek
Photography: Pat Verbruggen
Fashion styling: Bianconero

This season, the ends aren’t the only place for accent color. When focusing on the fringe, says William DeRidder (Bruges, Belgium), use contrasting colors and key placement. In his Margaretha Collection, he uses faux fur as inspiration for natural-looking blends, unusual undercolors and tipped tufts. The effect should be soft and textured, not brash or stripy—add just enough to banish the winter blahs.

Russet undertones emulate the deeper shades seen at the bases of faux fur. Here, a small, triangular section that moves from the scalp to an inch away from the perimeter gets equal parts of Paul Mitchell The Color, 10N + 5Vr mixed with 9% cream developer. Light, diagonal strokes make the shades appear pastel.

Off-the-root pieces in pink and gold pieces red bases look deeper, richer. This time, a wide, pre-lightened triangle gets softly blended with 5RV + 9% developer, brushed from the roots to about 2-inches down. After 10 minutes, the color left in the bowl is mixed with water, brushed on the lengths and left for 3 minutes.

Sassy, textured tufts of silver blonde are snipped to irregular lengths, while side splashes create balance. Working off a zigzag, concave section that moves from the left mastoid to the right mastoid, pre-lighten the zig-zag pieces, then finish with Ultra Toner Platinum and 3% crème developer.

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