Which do you prefer – a beautiful vintage Chanel cocktail dress, a 1960 vintage Mercedes or the perfect vintage Gucci handbag?  Very hard to choose.  All conjure feelings of lived-in classics looking better with age, not over-done, or over styled and almost sexier lived-in with stories to tell.  Enter New Vintage hair color  – a perfected twist on low-maintenance, lived-in looks seen now strolling out of Cutler salons.

Color expert David Stanko of Cutler Salon and Redken hair color consultant offers up this Fall’s best hair color trend – and tips on how to help your stylist get the best results for giving your tresses our New Vintage look by Cutler.

Often used to relate primarily to a superior collection of wine, our New Vintage hair color technique is close to a singular shade, but it organically morphs into subtly different tones and expresses itself through a soft interplay of dimension – not your typical “I just got my highlights done, color job.”   New Vintage color should never be showy that it screams you just came from the salon.  It’s relaxed, natural color at it’s prime.  Just like a fine wine with the perfect blend of exploding hidden flavors.

New Vintage color expresses itself in particular ways for different hair colors.   There are your Marilyn Merlots, Penelope Pinots, Cindy Crawford Chardonnay and Sparkling Sophia Loren’s – all with unexpected looks and highlights.  By taking brunettes away from the expected blonde highlights, and moving blondes into the “born with it” realm, we create hair color with a history.

Many brunettes benefit from strategically placed low-lights or mid-lights, which can look more natural then blonde highlights.  Ask your stylist to add some dept, in foils about 1-2 levels deeper then your base formula. For blondes, deeper roots and lighter ends mimic how nature treats blonde, but the effect is not as obvious as Ombre, or as structured as traditional highlights.  The advantage is a a look that’s worn, not weathered, which grows out with greater ease.  And that’s what makes it fresh for this season.

A few examples that you can discuss with your hairdresser, no matter where you live, is:  adding 10 – 15 highlights while your single process (touch-up) is processing.  Simply, apply the single color to your roots, wait 10 minutes, then add a few bleach lightener highlights in the fringe, sides, top; you know the most visual part of your ‘do (the part YOU see in the rear view mirror or at home in the bathroom).  Lastly, request a “glaze” of demi-permanent color be applied between all the foils to refresh and richen the rest of your hair.

The result?  Having your roots covered, new fresh and lively highlights gently starting a ½ – inch or so from your roots, that makes it more lived in (and no it won’t look tacky like you “ didn’t get close enough to the scalp.”  Remember this is a “New Vintage” trend.) My clients love it and the grow out is easier because you didn’t go all the way to the roots.  Many of our modern day celeb beauties are sporting this modern twist to highlights.

Another variation to request is gently lightening some of the ends of your hair.  It goes like this:  you have your root color applied (no root color – easier yet).  Your hairdresser should mix a thick cream lightener, and half way through your root color timing, select ¼-inch strands, around the face or the long layers on the sides and back. And hand-paint these pieces, from the middle of strand to the ends.  Just keep an eye out to make sure the blending at the middle part of the hair is impeccable.  By monitoring the blending, you’re guaranteed a seamless blonde strand that happily marries with the rest of your hair.

In the end, the New Vintage hair color trend is for the polished woman who doesn’t want to appear too overdone; for the low-maintenance mom who regularly visits the salon and wants to try something new – and last but not least the classic beauty who wants only her hairdresser knowing that she REALLY does highlight her hair after all.

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