Going Short? Why You Need to Change Your Hair Color, Too

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha, before and after her dramatic haircut.
Photos: Getty Images/Courtesy of Chris Chase Salon

If you’re contemplating cutting your hair like Coco Rocha, the supermodel and model mentor on The Face who debuted a new pixie cut on Instagram last week, consider this: A chop changes the way your color looks, too. “The same color you had when your hair was long will not always look right with a short ‘do,” says Paul Cucinello, who colored Coco’s hair a copper hue to complement her newly short style. Here are some tips he has for blondes and brunettes to add depth and dimension to their short hair.

Brunettes
For a cut that is layered like Rocha’s, you want the color to have some contrast. Cucinello colored the model’s hair in two stages, starting with a rich auburn. “I pulled a few pieces through to break up the ends and create subtle, but chunky lowlights,” he said. “After we processed the base color, I glossed over the entire color with a light, bright fiery copper.”

Blondes
Cucinello recommends blondes forgo the lowlights and opt instead for blonde on blonde color. “A high-lift blonde color is used to achieve this effect. Color is applied on the ends first to give them a head start and then worked into the root area. After the color processes, your colorist should paint icy blonde streaks.”

Solid Color = Solid Cut
If instead of a piecey pixie, you opt for a solid cut like a bob, your color should be more one toned. “Ask your colorist to deepen your hair a few shades using a semi permanent color. You want color that’s really going to shine and make your cut look that much stronger.”

Read more: Want to Try a Pixie Cut? Here’s What You Need to Know

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