I don’t know about you, but as soon as the temperatures start to rise into the 70s and 80s, visions of eating summery deserts al fresco start to come to mind. My favorite sweet treat to eat outdoors? Peach cobbler. And, it turns out I’m not alone. Colorist Chad Kenyon let the warm-weather delight inspire one of his latest must-try hair colors, Warm Peach Cobbler à la Mode.
“I recently created [the] colormelt for my client Sydney,” Kenyon tells Allure. (For those that don’t know, colormelt is a method colorists use to create an expertly blended look). While he’s worked with Sydney for years, always dyeing her hair in varying shades of gold- and copper-tinted reds, he hadn’t seen her in six months, and knew it was the perfect opportunity to switch things up a bit.
“She asked me to richen up her hair color once again with warm golds and coppers, but this time, I first painted vanilla bean ice-creamy blonde dimension throughout her hair by balayaging and strobing,” Kenyon says. “I then painted a soft shadow-root, lowlights, and a global-gloss (all over) with varying nutmeg-infused peach tones.” He did all of this with a marbled effect, as it’s his signature touch to create a “hyper-natural aesthetic and a seamless ‘grow-out’ without lines of demarcation.”
If you decide to copy Kenyon’s latest creation, he says to “be sure that your colorist is using Olaplex No. 1 in each and every formula (lighteners, glosses/toners, base colors, [everything]).” Once you go home with your new hue, continue to care for your hair by using Olaplex Nos. 3, 4, 5, and 6. Kenyon says that using these will help strengthen your hair in between salon appointments.
Yes, Kenyon created a very sweet hue indeed, but even sweeter is the inspiration behind it.
“When I was a little boy, my mom showed me a beautiful long wiglet of vibrant red hair, and I was instantly mesmerized,” Kenyon tells Allure. “Mom had won the ‘Longest Hair Award’ at the Illinois State Fair when she was 10 years old and, up to that point, she had never had a haircut. After the big win, my grandmother took mom for her first haircut, above the shoulder no less, and then made the long chopped ponytail into a wiglet which I have today in a fantastic vintage mini hat box.”
From the moment Kenyon saw his mom’s wiglet, his perception of hair changed forever. “Hair texture, length, and especially hair color were my new obsession,” he says. “That’s when I knew I wanted to play with girls’ hair forever — and today, each time I create a warm-toned hair color, I remember my very first inspiration, my mom.”
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