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Victoria Hoff
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If I approach hair color appointments with a fair amount of trepidation and dread, it's only because it's been known to take four or five hours just to highlight my thick, dark-brown mane. ("Your strands are just so porous," the stylists marvel aloud as I inwardly grimace about my bionic hair.) So when I was informed late last summer that it would take two whole days to go from dark chestnut to a sparkling shade of rose gold, I said a little prayer to the hair gods: Please, let this color last so I don't have to go through this godforsaken ordeal every six to eight weeks.

It turns out I didn't need divine intervention—just the very able hands of my stylist, Amber Maynard of Los Angeles color destination Nine Zero One. "I'm going to give you a dark, smoky root that fades into the lighter color," she said. "That way, even as the pink fades away, you'll just have a cool, intentionally grown-out blond. The roots are already there, so you won't need to touch them up as much." Essentially, it would be an ombré but just focused at the root.

I was sold—and she was right. It's been nearly six months since that initial appointment, and I've only gotten my hair touched up once.

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