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

We asked the colorist behind Coco Rocha's copper pixie to steer us toward the most flattering hues for short cuts.

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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