So I have spent (I only wish I were kidding) the last four nights, staying up effing late as all hell, just to do research on different hair color brands and their correlating swatches JUST to make some progress to Nina Dobrev (aka Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce) hair color.Who can honestly resist that beautiful deep chocolate brown hair with very subtle caramel sun-kissed highlights? I sure as hell wasn’t able to, hence my late night research and reduced down to a pale chocolate tressed girl with her can of Diet Coke on the side. ;)
So now, down to the nitty-gritty;
And the formula (I am a Koleston girl by heart).
Koleston 4/07, 2 oz. + 6% Koleston Perfect developer (Processing time varies, make sure you check your hair every 5-20 minutes for processing. It should be a dark brown but NOT black. Remember that since it is wet, it will look darker.)
Koleston 7/03 2 oz + 6% Koleston Perfect developer (Processing time varies, I would say no more than 20 minutes on that, but just make sure that it has lifted enough.)
If you look carefully at the photograph provided, Nina’s hair is a level 4 brown. Some classify this color as dark brown, some classify it as medium brown. Obviously this is a pretty dark brown. If you are cool toned and fair, this color might wash you out. This color would be absolutely perfect on people that have a warm skin tone, and/or an olive complexion. The reason why you would want to add in the accent/highlight color is the dark brown might be too solid of a color for most, and the highlight color will break up all that dark brown, giving it a halo of caramel goodness at just where the light would hit.
I would do the highlights via foil application. The thing you are going to need to perform this application would be:
- Tint Bowl
- Tint Brush
- Hair Clips
- Foils (pre-cut or cut them yourself)
- The hair color mentioned
- A good conditioner
An amazing conditioner that I would recommend, though it is fairly pricey, would be the Unite Smoothing Hair Treatment. This particular product replaces their Unite Softa treatment, which was absolutely fabulous. 100% Vegan, no sulfates, and has just the right amount of conditioning without weighing your hair down.
Good luck guys! If you have any questions, just let me know.