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.

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.


1 1/2oz AGEbeautiful 7RC Permanent Hair Color
1/2oz AGEbeautiful 8N Permanent Hair Color

2oz AGEbeautiful 20Volume Developer

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

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.

2 1/4oz AGEbeautiful Clear Shine Demi Permanent Color
1/4oz AGEbeautiful 5RR Demi Permanent Color
2 1/2oz AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Developer

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!

Summer Bronde How-To

Taking a deep brunette into the blondes may seem like a daunting challenge, but a challenge is one thing Mike Petrizzi, AGEbeautiful Artistic Director, never shies away from.  “The trick to blonding a very dark base color is to emulate the way the sun would naturally brighten the hair.  Focus on really sun-soaked, super saturated splashes of lightness on the ends that gradually deepen towards the base.  Keeping the richness at the root, grounds the color and makes it look like the hair just came back from months being bleached in the Costa Rican sun!”

Mike Petrizzi employs a few variations of popular free-hand balayage techniques to achieve his goal.  “This is sort of a everything-but-the-kitchen sink approach to balayage.  We use a lot of back-combing in the nape and back of the head, to diffuse the lightness at the root, and lessen this as we approach the face and top.  I also alternated putting the ends of each lightened section in foil, this gives you some super pale bits varying with more golden pieces.”



1.Begin in the back of the head and take small triangle sections, teasing the hair up to the root. Focus on back-coming more hair in the areas where you want more deepness at the root.

2. Apply the lightener in V patterns up towards the root, concentrating on saturating the ends.

3. Alternate every other section with foil-wrapping the ends to retain heat and provide even more lift.

4. Work your hair towards the face-frame and top of the head, easing up on the backcombing and bringing more of your lightener towards the root area, just as the sun would naturally brighten.

5. Process until the hair is pale yellow, rinse, shampoo and deep condition.

Rock Radiant Red this Spring!

Be radiant and show off your shine! I’ve been loving how ruby red Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful hair color in the shade 6RR is making my hair! Paired with my red hair-do of course I had to add a red lip, but to break things up I added just a pinch of gold. To contrast my hair I packed on a little bit of Lime Crime’s brown/green shift shadow from their Venus Two palette called “Pidgeon.” As you can see, if you have colored hair, rock it! Don’t drown yourself in neutrals daily in fear of too much color. Believe me, art has no boundaries.

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We all know bad hair when we see it.

Hair color that reads more chicken fat yellow than golden blonde… a vibrant blue that came out puddle grey… knowing how to do a pre-lighten is essential to achieving the results you want.

Whether you want to have the perfect pale platinum base color, need to remove old dark tones or want the ultimate base color for super vibrant shades, learning how to properly lighten hair is essential.

The art of a perfect pre-lighten lies in having the right tools and the right technique that will empower you to do it all by yourself… and why do you do it yourself?

Because you can do it better than anyone else can!

Gather Your Supplies!

Ideal for a brunette or dark brown that wants to go blonde / platinum or someone who wants to remove all of the previously colored tint on their hair. This is excellent for someone who wants a bright, vivid final tone on their whole head.

  1. Mix together 2 oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener  with 3oz. AGEbeautiful Developer (see guide below), in a bowl with a brush. This will give you a whipped cream like consistency, if you want it thicker use less developer.
  2. Start in the darkest areas that are at least ½ inch away from the scalp. The immediate root area is always the last to be applied.  (This area lightens the fastest and easiest)
  3. Take small sections—the smaller the section—the greater your success!
  4. Evenly saturate each section.
  5. Once your mid-lengths and ends have lightened to your desired level, apply to the root area. Tip: Putting hair into a shower cap can help retain heat and give you even more lifting ability.
  6. Process until desired level (see guide below). Hair will look lighter than it is while the lightener is on the hair.
  7. Rinse, shampoo and deep condition hair.

Hair is now ready for your final color application!


Ideal for adding lighter pieces to the hair for either natural highlights or as the precursor to select strands of vibrancy.

  1. Mix together 2oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener with 2oz. AGEbeautiful 40 Volume Developer in a bowl with a brush.
  2. Find a spot in your hair you want to add the lightness, take a small section (about one inch deep and two inches across) Clip away the non-sectioned hair.
  3. For an even more diffused (read: subtle effect) at the root, back-comb / tease some hair downwards to the scalp/root area.
  4. With gloves on, using your brush, paint free hand, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair.
  5. Repeat around the head, remember you can always go back and add more…
  6. Process to desired level. (See guide below)
  7. Rinse, shampoo and condition.

If you are overlaying a vibrant color on top of this, your hair is now ready!

While your hair lightens it will go through different color phases:

  • Black hair lightens to red
  • Brown hair lightens to red/orange
  • Light brown hair lightens to orange
  • Dark blonde hair lightens to orange/yellow
  • Blonde hair lightens to yellow
  • Light blonde hair lightens to pale yellow


  • For blonde lighten hair to yellow stage.
  • For platinum lighten to pale yellow.
  • For vibrant tones (pink, violet, blue, bright red) lighten to palest yellow (think the inside of a banana)

While it may seem complicated, think of AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener as your engine and the AGEbeautiful Developer as the gasoline.   How much gas do you want to give your engine?
The higher the volume, the more gas.

Arming yourself with the knowledge of a proper pre-lighten will ensure results that will exceed your expectations and steer you clear of chicken fat yellow!