This summer, copper tones took over everyone’s eyelids. Now the metallic orange tone is making its way to hair. (Even a member of BTS has copper hair, so you know it’s fully a thing.) Every hairstylist I’ve been talking to lately have been crediting the leaves changing for fall as their inspiration for their copper hair creations. Grand Cayman-based hairstylist Kelly Massias is no different. However, she added a unicorn twist to her latest autumnal look: violet copper hair. Plus, she made it easy for brunettes to try the copper hair trend.
If you’re not blonde or a redhead, going copper can cause some serious damage to your hair with all the bleach involved.
Massias’s violet copper hair keeps it all at a minimum, though. She took the same approach as Sacramento, California–based hairstylist Patricia Nikole, also known as @paintedhair on Instagram, did with her rose-gold brunette look.
After cutting off about seven inches of her client’s hair, Massias moved onto the coloring process. She started off by lightening up sections of her client’s naturally dark hair to a caramel color with balayage. “Dark hair does not have a to be lightened drastically to achieve this look making it a great option for brunettes,” Massias explains. “Lightening using a balayage technique allows for the perfect blend from dark to light, making this a very low-maintenance color. The violet and copper tones will fade to a beautiful caramel color over time.”
Next, Massias mixed together separate formulas for those tones of deep violet and bright copper. (Be sure to ask your stylist for these shades if you plan to recreate the look on your hair.) The deep violet was brushed onto the roots. For the ends, Massias says she alternated between the violet and copper depending on the section. She let those process before rinsing them out with cold water and styling the hair with a curling iron.
Not low-maintenance enough for you? Another way to try out violet copper hair is with Clairol’s new Color Crave Hair Makeup (which we recently reviewed here). The temporary hair coloring product comes in shimmery copper and violet options that you can smooth onto hair whenever you want. As soon as you’re tired of it, you can just wash it out, and no damage will be done. You can shop it here for $9.98.
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