NEW YORK, May 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as burgundy wine can uplift the soul, burgundy hair color can give your hairstyle a lift. Which could explain why this intoxicating hue is trending in salons coast to coast! How do you know if burgundy color is a good fit? The hair color experts at Matrix offer these insights and tips!
The Burgundy Range
When it comes to hair color, the notion of burgundy covers a wide range of gorgeous colors including:
- Cabernet—deep and slightly redder than burgundy
- Merlot—slightly lighter and a bit redder than burgundy
- Cranberry—slightly pinker than burgundy
- Cordovan—slightly browner than burgundy
- Maroon—red chestnut-y
- Claret—reddish with a faint touch of brown
Choose the Right Shade of Burgundy for Your Skin Tone
With so many pretty shades of burgundy to choose from, it's possible to find one that's perfect for every skin tone. As a rule of thumb, cooler burgundy shades that contain lots of red and violet look best on people with pink, olive or ebony skin tones. Warmer burgundy shades that contain more brown tones are beautiful on complexions that are peachy or golden. In general, burgundy hair color can be adjusted to flatter nearly everyone.
See a Pro
Burgundies can be tricky shades to achieve, so it's best not to try them at home. Hair has to be carefully prepared, and the color has to be painstakingly applied, to get an even, vivid result. What's more, formulation is critical to achieve the ideal shade for an individual's complexion. A hair color professional might mix several different colors to achieve the target hue, and she may also apply various shades in different sections of the hair (at the roots, toward the ends, etc.) in order to create a modern hair color design.
Pictures Are Essential
Because there are so many different hair color choices in the burgundy range, and the differences between each are subtle and nuanced, it's important to show the hair stylist actual photos of the desired shade. That will be the starting point, and from there the client and stylist can decide together if the finished product should be a bit more violet or red or brown. For resources, clients can check out the red inspirations on https://www.matrix.com/color/red.
A Little or A Lot?
When it comes to burgundy hair color, there are several ways to go. Salon clients can opt for an allover color—top to bottom. Or, it's possible to add burgundy balayage highlights to a brunette base shade, or even a few peek-a-boo burgundy panels.
Blonde to Burgundy
The good news for blondes who want to be burgundy is that this color will look amazing, rich and vivid over blonde color. The not-so-good news is that if a burgundy hair color design isn't applied properly, the result could end up being a not-so-burgundy pink. If hair is super pale, a professional colorist will have to actually darken it a bit before applying the final burgundy tone. Another reason not to try burgundy at home!
Brown or Black to Burgundy
Depending on how dark the natural color is, a stylist may actually have to lighten the hair before applying the final burgundy tone so that it will be vivid. Too-dark hair can swallow up a lighter color if it isn't prepped properly. Many stylists will add a hair color bonder like Matrix Bond Ultim8 to the color formulas, to prevent damage during the color service and repair existing damage.
The Burgundy Commitment
Burgundy colors tend to stay put. Once they're in, they're not easy to remove. So it's a good idea to be pretty well committed to the hue. And when it's time to return to the natural color, or to try something else, a stylist will be able to remove the burgundy hair color without damaging the hair—although it may take two or three visits to the salon. They'll also suggest a deep conditioning mask--like the new Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hab Clay Mask for stressed, sensitive hair--for use at home to keep freshly-colored hair as strong and healthy as possible.
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