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Mixed Metals: The Best Highlights for Winter

Gold, silver, and bronze take on a whole new meaning.

Think the halls are the only things that get to be decked with glitz and glamour this year? Think again! This holiday season, embrace the latest trend in highlighting...metallics. From silver streaks to spun gold to brilliant bronze coppers, mixed metals are in this winter and in a big way. To learn more about the trend, we turned to L'Oréal Professionnel Artist, hairdresser Daniel Jones.

"This season we're going to see a lot more tone-on-tone," Jones says. This fashion forward trend-where the contrast between the base haircolor and the highlights is no more than three levels-is what lends itself so perfectly to this move toward metallic shades. Inspired in part by the haircolor trends that have made waves over the last year-silver grey, golden blonde, and bright bronze-these metallic tones help to subtly add natural-looking dimension to the haircolor.

Silver greys look amazing when blended throughout blonde strands-adding an ethereal snow princess look that pairs beautifully with the jewel-toned fabrics that are currently in vogue. Golden blondes are perhaps the most versatile of the bunch, giving blondes, brunettes, and redheads alike a touch of warmth in an otherwise chilly season. Bronze highlights are a great option for brunettes and redheads who naturally have copper tones.

"The goal is that you don't see highlights that go too far off the natural shade," Jones explains. He recommends asking your hairdresser to use the balayage technique, where highlights and lowlights are painted onto strands in a free-hand manner. "This will help the shades to blend more seamlessly," he says. "The color will be diffused, soft, and low maintenance."

To achieve this look, your hairdresser will likely layer lowlights-one shade deeper than your base color-throughout your hair to add dimension. "This will give off an effect that makes the hair look more dense," Jones explains.

To maintain your metallic shades reach for shampoos and conditioners that have been formulated for color-treated hair. If you opted for silver strands, consider investing in a purple-toned conditioner which can help to keep the brassiness and warmth away. Every six to eight weeks, visit the salon for a clear gloss which will help to make those metal shades shine!

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