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MANESPIRATION: Chocolate Chip Cookie Hair Color with Ryan Pearl

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Hair Color by Ryan Pearl Beach Blonde Waves

New York’s best kept secret, Ryan Pearl of Cutler Salon is a magician with hair color. Creating bold dimensional blondes and soft honey hues, Ryan has mastered the art of natural hair color and his newest technique, ‘chocolate chip haircolor’ is no exception.

Hair Color by Ryan Pearl Beach Blonde Waves

“I often use food terms as a way to ‘paint a picture’ and make it much easier for a client to understand what I’ve done,” he tells us. “For instance, these tones I may call ‘chocolate chip cookie’ because it’s a much more interesting, fun, and relatable way to name a color than simply referring to it as ‘warm or cold.'”

Hair Color by Ryan Pearl Beach Blonde Waves

“I’m then able to explain to the client that the color I’ve created is one that works best on someone — like pictured — a person with darker base color. I’m also able to tell her that when the color begins to grow out it will still look polished,” he says.

Hair Color by Ryan Pearl Beach Blonde Waves

The key to low maintenance hair color is all about application. He explains “I try to ‘add to the look’ I’ve created by painting ribbon-like pieces that cascade over her face while I ‘stagger’ the height of the painted pieces (sections of hair) on the sides and back of her head. Then I paint a section of hair and blend in the ends of another section of hair as a way to accentuate POP.”

Hair Color by Ryan Pearl Beach Blonde Waves

But a good colorist would never leave your hair there. “I  finish the look by shadowing the base, and letting a glaze sit on zone 1 for 5 mins then running it through zone 2 for 5 mins and lastly zone 3 for 1 minute.” BAM! A gorgeous head of hair we’re swooning over.


Follow @ryanpearl23 for more #manespiration.

Photos by Fernando Milani @fernandomilaniphoto.

Justine Marjan

Justine Marjan

Editor at Mane Addicts
As Editorial Director of Mane Addicts, Justine was enlisted as one of two to create the site in Jen Atkin's vision from the very beginning. A hairstylist for over 10 years, she loves all things beauty and fashion. She enjoys traveling the globe, long flights sans internet, and a good sheet mask.
Justine Marjan
Justine Marjan

Justine Marjan

Editor at Mane Addicts
As Editorial Director of Mane Addicts, Justine was enlisted as one of two to create the site in Jen Atkin's vision from the very beginning. A hairstylist for over 10 years, she loves all things beauty and fashion. She enjoys traveling the globe, long flights sans internet, and a good sheet mask.
Justine Marjan