FAVORITE FALL HAIR COLOR SHADES

The shift from golden Indian summer into the warm embrace of autumn is one of my favorite times of year.

The cozy sweaters come out, fireplaces begin to glow and I can bike without breaking a sweat (sort of).
But the best part is, everyone wants new hair color!

Here are my favorite formulas and techniques for this season:

Ultimate Chocolate

This is a rich, delicious brunette for the girl who wants a better-than-natural brown.
How do you make a brown not just brown?  Add more brown!
Mixing opposing tones creates a luxurious brunette that is never boring.


For Mazi, I used 1oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 6N & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 5G & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 7A  / 2oz. 20 Volume.

 

Café Au Lait

A classic, sophisticated blonde is as timeless as throwing on a cashmere sweater, cuddled up with a cup of coffee.


Placing lowlights under back-combed slices of lightness creates a pop and makes the blonde appear even brighter.


I used AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent 6N in the back for a crisp brown that makes the blonde look even brighter and slowly added AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Clear Shine as I got towards the top and front. This elegant yet lived-in technique is the perfect end of summer look.

 

Platinum Silver

A lot of people are adjusting their usual gray coverage routine with different ways of embracing your silver.
My Mom was quarantined in Costa Rica for most of this year leading to a very grown out gray.

  
While I have major renovation ideas up my sleeve, for this we just wanted to kill that yellow on her ends.
Painting AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner in Silver Ash Blonde knocked out the yellow and turned let-it-go gray into polished silver.

 

Pumpkin Spice

What feels more fall-like than pumpkin spiced anything?
The secret to pumping up the heat in this look is to increase your developer and shade as you go down the hair shaft.


This vibrant formula is AGEbeautiful Permanent 8RC with 20 Volume on the roots, then add AGEbeautiful Permanent 9RC and 40 Volume for the mid-lengths and ends.

Having a complete palette of intermixable shades like AGEbeautiful allows you to be the creator of an infinite seasonal shade collection. I know you are going to have a blast playing with new formulas and I can’t wait to see your autumnal masterpieces. Check out our full range of AGEbeautiful shades and tag us in your looks, @ZotosProfessional #AGEbeautiful.

 

 

 

 

Blondes Can Banish Brass – AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toners

I do so much

This inside joke about my infinite, insatiable Top 10 To-Do List doesn’t normally phase the never-living-in-the moment-me—but then moments like this happen…

While on my recent trip to Costa Rica visiting family, I was coming out of the ocean after a bike ride and was approached by a woman with a look of severe starvation in her eyes…

“I heard you’re a hair colorist!”

Even 2,000 miles away from NYC, in a totally off-the-beaten path tranquil low-maintenance paradise, the need for proper hair color remains strong. Lucky for my new friend (and the 4 other heads I did while on “vacation”) I always pack extra Crème Lightener in my suitcase… as you do. But the best part is I knew I could free-hand balayage, foil free, beachy highlights and be assured my new friends could grab a box of the brand new TopCoat Toners and DIY polished, professional results.

These new shades are a wonderful asset to the AGEbeautiful palette, banishing brass in seconds and restoring faded tone. Here’s how I’m loving using them everyday in the salon (or in the jungle)

AGEbeautiful TopCoat Silver Ash Blonde
This is the ultimate in brass banishing as it has bold blue pigments to negate even the strongest unwanted warm tones in blonde hair. This shade is perfect for a client who has treated her blonde to the sun-saturated tropics, soaked it the ocean, flown it around on zip-lines and is ready for refinement.

AGEbeautiful TopCoat Pearl Blonde
Pearl Blonde is my go-to when highlights have gotten dull and off-tone. It has a violet base color that negates yellow and brings back sophistication to pale blondes. This shade is perfect for all the free-hand balayage work I did on vacation, that needs a veil of color to help fill-in-the-blanks of a raw highlight.

AGEbeautiful TopCoat Beige Blonde
Beige Blonde is my new favorite for blondes that are bored and want to try something new. With its balanced violet base it beats brass while adding a super soft kiss of rose tone to your blonde. I love weaving this in as a mid-light, next to my traditional blonde highlights for a subtle nuance of multi-faceted dimension.

So even when hiding in the jungle you can reach for AGEbeautiful’s brand new TopCoat Toners and check one thing off that never-ending list of you do so much!

AGEbeautiful anti-aging hair color is available at Sally Beauty Supply stores.

AGEbeautiful NEW Blushed Hues

I don’t blush.

Maybe it’s my tough-to-impress / heard-it-all-before NY upbringing or maybe it’s my pink skin…

I’m going with the tough guy macho part.

Speaking of tough… this winter on the east coast has been frigid and snow filled.

After the last storm I was two hours into digging my car out of its new, more aesthetically pleasing spot, which required 4x the amount of digging, when a sound from the heavens hit.

A crisp clack of a snow shovel helping me out from my hot new neighbor.

“Hello Michael! I would’ve helped earlier but I was having such a great time watching you work up a sweat.”

Maybe I do blush.

Which brings me to my new favorite shades from AGEbeautiful anti aging hair color (in my opinion the BEST hair color) … the Blush series!

Just in time for the most romantic   time  of the year… These creamy, beigey colors are perfect for all skin complexions and add sophistication and elegance.

Our model, Yulia has grown out highlights that have dulled and need a kick of balanced warmth.

YULIA FORMULA
Apply 2oz AGEbeautiful 8WB Permanent Color and 2oz AGEbeautiful 20Volume at the root area.

Add 1 oz 9WB and 1 oz 40Volume to applicator bottle or bowl and remix.

Apply this formula to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair.

Allow to process for 30 minutes, rinse, shampoo and condition.

By lightening your formula as you progress down the hair you replicate natural, sun-kissed,  balanced results.

These fun, flirty new shades will add smoldering spice to your bland brunettes, blondes and deep browns. I can’t wait to see all your new color flings with the new Blushed Hues!

AGEbeautiful anti aging hair color can be found at Sally Beauty Supply stores.

AGEbeautifully At Any Age

AGEbeautiful is the first anti-aging haircolor but that doesn’t limit it to just one generation of haircolor users…

Enter Regina and Marta, the delightful mother and daughter duo who dazzled us from the minute they walked into the photo shoot.  After we finished pleasantries of our shared Williamsburg, Brooklyn residences (who knew that my favorite Polish take-out was pronounced with a “joop!” for Dzup?) we got down to business!

Mom Regina wants a regal red that works well with her complexion, completely obliterates her stubborn grays and doesn’t give her “hot roots”.   My hands couldn’t reach for the AGEbeautiful RC’s fast enough.

     

REGINA’S REGAL RED FORMULA
1 1/2oz AGEbeautiful 7RC Permanent Hair Color
1/2oz AGEbeautiful 8N Permanent Hair Color

2oz AGEbeautiful 20Volume Developer

REGINA TECHNIQUE
Apply formula at root area only and allow to process for 45 minutes.
Rinse, shampoo and condition.

OPTIONAL GLOSS TECHNIQUE
Gloss faded ends using AGEbeautiful TintShine Bronze for 10 minutes at sink.
This key to Regina’s formula is the addition of the neutral 8N shade, which not only gives complete gray coverage but also ensures balanced, not too-vibrant, aka “hot roots”.

Daughter Marta is a working actress / model and wants to have some fun with her color, while still being seen as a blonde. My fan-favorite Metallic Rose on her tips will give her some excitement while keeping angry phone calls from her agent at bay.

     
MARTA’S METALLIC ROSE FORMULA
2 1/4oz AGEbeautiful Clear Shine Demi Permanent Color
1/4oz AGEbeautiful 5RR Demi Permanent Color
2 1/2oz AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Developer

MARTA APPLICATION
Begin by isolating away the top half section of the hair (from temple to crown)
Alternate with one inch horizontal and diagonal front sections
Back-comb each section with about half of the hair towards the root-line of the section
Free-hand paint your Metallic Rose Formula in a V-Shaped pattern in each section, from mid lengths to ends
Allow to process for 20 minutes upon completion
Rinse, shampoo and condition.
Regina and Marta are great examples of the self-pampering that we all need to do after the hectic holiday season.
They are also remarkable proof that AGEbeautiful is the go-to hair color for all generations!

Fall into a Brighter Brunette with AGEbeautiful

I love this time of year.
That first turn of summer into fall season when the days are bright and bold.
And the nights are crisp and cold.
That contrast between shadows + light, warm vs cool.
There’s a certain sexy to this time of year that only a brunette understands…

Iris has been a proud brunette for her whole life and wasn’t interested in becoming a blonde but would benefit from some brighter bits.

I always hated that old adage that at a certain point in your life, you have to basically give up and “act your age”.

Iris’ hair was perfect for this look and I was determined to prove not only that but the other anti-aging benefits of taking this next step.

Iris had been covering those pesky grays using my favorite rich sable brunette formula:
1oz AGEbeautiful 6N Permanent + 3/4oz 6G Permanent + 1/4oz 7A Permanent with 2oz 20Volume

Once Iris’ grays were knocked out we got to the real action…

We free hand painted highlights using AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener and 40Volume

I mixed them together to a whipped crème like consistency and started in the back of Iris’ head.  Starting right above the occipital bone we painted V-shaped 2” pieces in a brick-lay pattern.  At the front of her face we began to place pieces on a diagonal-back.

Using your eye place the brighter pieces where the sun would naturally lighten the most.


We processed until the highlights were pale yellow.

Now for my favorite fall gloss formula:
Equal parts of AGEbeautiful TintShine Gold + TintShine Bronze with Demi Developer

We applied all over Iris’ hair for 10 minutes

Not only did Iris have stunning results but was delighted to know that these new highlights would help buffer the blow of the incoming grays in a few weeks.

Iris proves that you can keep your hair youthful at any age and was last seen with a basket full of TintShine at Sally Beauty.