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Makeover: Thick, natural waves tamed with cut and colour

Before and after photo of Deena Lanchester.

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Deena Lanchester, 47, works as a publicist and was overdue for a colour and cut.  She has very thick textured and naturally wavy hair.  It was previously coloured and needed to be reshaped.  She also finds that her colour looks brassy and her hair feels dry.

I started by applying weave foil highlights through her hair to brighten up around her face.  For depth, I applied for a cool brown background foundation colour in a permanent formula to blend out her regrowth area.  I used a demi-permanent ammonia-free formula in the same shade to her mid-length and ends for colour balancing and for added lustre and shine

I shampooed her hair using KMS Moist Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for moisture repair and manageability.  I added KMS California Moist Repair Revival Crème through her hair as a leave-in conditioner, then sectioned her hair into a central vertical parting.  I cut her hair into a directional one length long shape and incorporated soft layers to enhance her natural texture, and for added body and movement. I also eliminated some length from her fringe and blow dried her hair with a soft side sweep

Before styling, I applied KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Cream for heat activated smoothing and shaping, then blow dried her hair using a round brush.  I used a curling wand to create a slight bend to her hair and to enhance her natural waves.  I finished with KMS Hair Play Dry Wax for dimensional texture.


We kept Deena’s makeup neutral and soft.  To enhance her beautiful green eyes, I softly contoured her eyes with taupe and brown eyeshadows.  I lined her eye lid with charcoal grey eyeliner to bring out the grey specks in her eyes, curled her eye lashes and coated them with black mascara.  I chose a lightweight mineral foundation to even out her skin and contoured her cheek with bronzer.  On her cheeks and lips, I chose a neutral taupe colour.

Makeup must-haves for this look:

Foundation: Pur Minerals Liquid Veil Foundation in Medium, with Mac NC 30 powder

Concealer: Covergirl Outlast All Day Concealer in 830

Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand with Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in 02 Gold

Eyeshadow:  Mac Paint Pot in Quite Natural with MAC Saddle eyeshadow and Tarte in Bloom Palette Firecracker

Blush: Mac Melba

Lip colour: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina with Joe Fresh Lip Gloss in Bare


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