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If you’re looking for a hair color trend that incorporates both blonde and brunette, smoked marshmallow is the best of both worlds. Originally coined by colorist Megan Martinez, the hue begins with a dark base combined with a mixture of highlights and lowlights applied from the mid-lengths to ends of the hair to create a multi-dimensional blonde. The roots are left dark, allowing for a longer regrowth period between appointments.
Your colorist will need to use bleach to create a light blonde hue and while bleach will always cause damage, a professional colorist can help improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.
Though smoked marshmallow hair color may not require a lot of salon upkeep, a quality at-home care routine is essential to keep your hue looking its best. First, swap out your shampoo and conditioner in favor of a system formulated for color-treated hair. We love the Biolage R.A.W Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo and conditioner system is formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam to help protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.
We also suggest investing in a purple shampoo to keep your blonde looking vibrant and brass-free between salon appointments. We recommend using the Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo twice a week. The purple shampoo is formulated with ultraviolet pigment and Redken’s Triple Acid Protein Complex to tone, strengthen, and brighten for a brighter, stronger blonde. The ultraviolet pigments help to preserve blonde hair color between appointments by keeping undertones at bay.
If you’re dealing with the damaging effects of bleach, incorporate a weekly hair mask like the Redken Extreme Strengthening Mega Hair Mask into your routine. The two-in-one strengthening hair mask is both a treatment and care extender designed specifically for your damaged hair.
Smoked marshmallow hair is entirely customizable, making the hue perfect for just about anyone. Whether you want a subtle smoked marshmallow look or a dramatic look with super light ends and dark roots, your colorist can customize the shade depending on what works best for your skin tone and desired maintenance level.
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