Caramel is a true semi-permanent version of the shade known as ‘7.3 Medium Golden Blonde’. 7.3 is perhaps one of the most recognised, flexible and widely used shades in the permanent sector (both at home and in salons) and creates a true lightest golden brown. The shade is very much a ‘biscuit’ colour and is perceived as ‘caramel’ when given an image- evoking reference in salons.
I created the 7.3/Caramel shade specifically for use on the vast amount of ombre bases that were appearing in hair by 2014. After the obvious ‘dip dye’ look, colour foundation moved into a more delicate ombre effect. It was clear a more naturalist result was being sought. This was (and still is) demonstrated by the many celebrities who sport ombre and balayage hair colours. Just as foil highlights had done in the previous decade, balayage colour effects are the mainstay today.
However, natural balayage effects are not created by leaving the bleached or lightened balyage foundation ‘raw’. When I use the term ‘raw’ I am describing the method of simply bleaching the effect into the hair and then leaving this lightened hair to display. Such hair effects will have a gingery, rusty or uneven tone, which will not look particularly aesthetic and certainly not naturalist. The secret to a perfect balayage or ombre, is to overlay a subsequent soft ‘tone on tone’ shade throughout the hair. This subsequent shade applied, then deepens the lightened areas, creating accent colour and an overall naturalist colour effect between darker roots and lighter ends. I created Colour Restore Caramel as an overlay shade for any pre-lightened, bleached or blonde bases. Caramel is very much that classic Jennifer Aniston shade (sported on ‘Friends’). The shade is a deep warm blonde or soft lightest golden brown.
Because of Colour Restore’s conditioning composition, Caramel can be used immediately after any bleaching or lightening treatment without risk of damage to this particularly delicate hair type.
A great grey root coverup or grey blender on blonde and warm bases.
As with Colour Restore Chocolate, Caramel can be used to ‘mute’ the early signs of grey and white hair in a natural base shade. Because Caramel is a medium blonde (light brown) depth, it will not completely cover white hair, but instead create a translucent blending effect. It can be used as a quick root cover-up using a tint or toothbrush.
Caramel can turn white or grey hairs to a blondish pale. In some instances, (depending on grey formation), this can cause a grey head of hair to appear highlighted and blonde. However, it is important to understand that any grey coverage is dependent on grey formation. So, for example, if an individual has very patchy grey hair (in clumps) this type of ‘muting’ grey coverage effect does not look particularly impressive. By contrast, if someone has an even ‘salt and pepper’ grey formation, using Caramel to turn this white hair blonde would evoke that ‘highlighted’ colour effect and transform the grey edge to that of a blonde.