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April 20 2014

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2 posts tagged "Couture Color"

Summer Hair Color, A Seminar

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If you’re even a marginal follower of celebrity goings-on, you’ll have noticed a curious trend emerging among some of Hollywood’s most boldfaced names. That would be red hair. Drew Barrymore kicked things off a few weeks back, debuting bright copper strands at a book launch in L.A., and Mandy Moore and Malin Akerman promptly followed suit. The biggest ginger coup came on Tuesday night, when blondes-have-more-fun poster girl Blake Lively went a shade of golden auburn. On who can and should go red, Couture Colour celebrity colorist and creative color director Jonathan Gale says, “The tone normally is pale and freckly,” à la Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams. But as Lively has demonstrated, even the sun-worshippers of the world can pull off the auburn hue when it’s properly tailored to their complexion. “It’s all about education,” Gale adds. Here, the dean of dye jobs—who regularly coifs the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Monaghan—conducts a class on summer hair color.

How are you advising your clients as we transition from winter to spring—and rapidly to summer?

I’m educating people more about skin color and their “essence.” Your skin color is paler in the fall and in the summertime skin starts to golden and you can carry more color—more blond, for example. So I’m really starting to take people a lot lighter—even the brunettes. They have started to say to me, “I like my brown and I want to keep the color.” So I’ve been doing a lot of tipping—I call it “shipwrecked hair,” like if you were stuck on an island, your hair wouldn’t match up on the ends. Then, at the end of the summer you can just cut off the lighter pieces.

Interesting. So, what exactly is this “essence” of which you speak?
That’s your authentic self—that place where you start from. There are extreme cases, of course, like Gwen Stefani. She’s created that look and she can actually pull off that white hair. But typically, if you go too far away from the essence, people can’t recognize you.

Are there any color maintenance tips you can share as the sun gets stronger and water sports start factoring into the equation?
I advise my clients to use oil. Sleep in it at night! I always recommend the Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil and Couture Colour’s new Pequi Oil. After you’ve washed your hair, the comb just glides through the oil. I also advise putting oil on hair first if you’re going into a pool to protect the hair shaft. And you don’t always have to shower after you come out of the ocean, either. Rinse your hair with water that doesn’t have salt in it, and then wash with just conditioner.

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Glossing It Up Like Gwyneth: Paltrow Picks Pequi Oil

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Whether she’s singing at the Grammys, guest-starring on Glee, promoting her new cookbook, or toying with the idea of launching her own food magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow is everywhere these days. And wherever she goes she usually turns up impeccably dressed—and tressed. Gwyneth’sĀ impressive mane of blond hair was looking particularly spectacular in L.A. last night at a book signing of her tome My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness. The secret? Couture Colour’s new Pequi Oil, which celebrity stylist David Babaii slathered onto Paltrow’s freshly cleansed and conditioned strands before blow-drying, middle-parting, and adding loose waves with a two-inch curling iron. Originally created to complement the Couture Colour LUXEBLEND ammonia-free Crème Hair Colour line (INOA just got some strong competition), the paraben-free oil derived from the Amazonian pequi fruit works particularly well on color-treated locks. Possessing an acute ability to penetrate porous, dry strands, the elixir creates an ultra-shiny, frizz-free finish and also happens to have natural UV filters to help protect dye jobs from untimely fading—something Gwyneth simply cannot tolerate, what with her whirlwind genre-spanning schedule, and all.

Photo: Courtesy of Couture Color; Steve Granitz / Getty Images