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Marsala: color of the year 2015

According to Pantone, an expert color company, 2015's Color of the Year is Marsala, a robust and earthy wine red. Elegant and multifaceted, Marsala can act as a bold statement color or complementary tone for many of your browns and reds.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Let's explore how this trend could manifest itself in hair color:

Aubergine Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Aubergine appears on the very violet spectrum of your wine reds. Its deep plum and dark red hues resemble that of a young, full-bodied wine.
This hair color trend is extremely versatile and can look great on all skin tones. For cooler complexions, focus on your purple, eggplant hues; for warmer skin tones, add a few brownish-red colors to ensure skin does not appear yellow or sallow. I love formulating this hair color for my darker leveled clients, says Organic Color Systems Technical Director, Rebecca Gregory, Aubergine is the perfect complementary color for cool or neutral brunettes living at levels 4 and below.


Merlot Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Much like the wine, Merlot is a rich red color with subtle hints of cherry and cocoa.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

This vibrant shade contains equal parts violet and red, and much like Aubergine, can be easily modified to suit all skin tones.

In 2015, you'll find requests for all over colors to be a rarity most everyone is looking for a little pop or dimension. That being said, Merlot is the perfect color pairing for brown-based reds, and can be used as a deep lowlight or in slices to create beautifully dimensional redheads, which are also on very on trend.


Rose Gold Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Much like the wine, Merlot is a rich red color with subtle hints of cherry and cocoa.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Rose gold isn't just for blondes, though lightening powder is usually required!

These gorgeous pinkish copper tones can be accomplished on almost all hair colors. However, in order to achieve this highly sought after hair color trend, you will need to pre-lighten or begin depositing on levels 8 and higher.

PRO TIP: For longer lasting rose gold hues, try using the gold-yellow pigment present after lifting hair to a level 8 or 9. By not lifting past a level 9, pH and protein levels stay in tact, allowing for a longer lasting color service.


Rich brunettes with caramel highlights Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

It's a classic, but a rich chocolate brown hair color with caramel highlights is a great choice for brunette clients who crave dimension without commitment.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

PRO TIP: If you're looking for a beautiful brown base color to pair with caramel highlights, look to your mochas and neutrals. Too cool of browns can cause your hair color to appear dull and flat.

However, don't be afraid to mix caramel tones in with your soft, beige blondes for an ultra sophisticated look.


Soft Cooper & Gold Accents Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Copper hues are trending for all almost hair colors this season.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Whether you're formulating for apricot blondes, spicy reds, or dimensional brunettes, copper tones are the perfect partner for hair colors with a golden hue. This hair color trend is best suited for netural to warm complexions with gold, peach or yellow undertones.


Silver fox Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Copper hues are trending for all almost hair colors this season.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Remember when clients just wanted to cover greys? For Hair Stylists and clients alike, pesky silver strands were once considered enemy number one.

However, in 2015, showing off silver hair will be anything but unacceptable for clients of all ages.

Organic Colorist, Sarah Whitesell says, I've seen more of my mature clients being taken from all over grey coverage to actually letting their beautiful silvers and greys show by complimenting them with sandy blondes tones to create natural, soft dimension.�

Blending silvers with blonde is a striking combination, but never doubt the beauty of a front-facing silver streak paired with a dark brown base.

PRO TIP: Depending on your percentage and type of naturally silver hair, texture can be wiry and unruly. Be sure to conduct a Wet Stretch Test prior to your color application, as a moisturizing treatment might be needed to soften the cuticle.

On one of the end spectrum, silver can be used subtly to create an overall natural look, but to adapt this color for your edgier clients, look to your blue-based colors to achieve an all over fashion color.

PRO TIP: For an all over application, you’ll need to pre-lighten the hair to a very pale yellow (so keep those protein treatments handy)!


Platinum Princess Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Last year, platinum blonde was one of the most popular hair color trends with celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence opting to join the light side.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Marsala: color of the year 2015

As a salon professional, you know bold hair color trends sported by celebrities will trickle their way into the salon, eventually. On that note, we predict 2015 hair color trends will continue to see a rise in platinum blondes locks for those that weren’t quite ready in previous years.

PRO TIP: While platinum blonde in the 90’s was distinguished by golden undertones (we're looking at you, Justin Timberlake), 2015’s platinum is more modern and chic. Be sure to to lift the hair to a very pale yellow and cancel warm tones accordingly.

This is a great opportunity to introduce clients to a much needed silver shampoo!


Metallic Pastels Hair Color:

Marsala: color of the year 2015

In recent years, we've seen a rise in demand for fun and flirty pastel hair colors like bubblegum pink and lavender. But just like any hair trend, styles evolve and it’s our job as stylists to stay updated.

Marsala: color of the year 2015

Expect matte pastels to take on a lustrous life of their own with a new focus on shiny, metallic finishes. For strands to reflect these shimmery tones, hair must be kept as healthy as possible. Since nearly all pastel hair colors require a lifting process, protein and moisture treatments will be a necessary component of this trend.

PRO TIP: For added sheen, be sure to experiment with your gold and silver additives.



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