The model turned to colorist and Redken brand ambassador Cassondra Kaeding to make the subtle change

By Kaitlyn Frey
December 17, 2019 03:01 PM

Kendall Jenner switched up her hair just in time for the holiday season.

While the Jenner, 24, doesn’t experiment with her hair too often, the supermodel made a subtle yet totally gorgeous color change this past weekend. Celebrity colorist and Redken brand ambassador Cassondra Kaeding shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Jenner’s new look post-glam session on Instagram.

Jenner’s fresh style appears to be a copper-y, caramel hue that adds warmth and dimension to her shoulder-length cut. “glammed up on a Sunday, hbu? 💫⭐️,” Kaeding captioned her post of Jenner, also tagging the model’s hairstylist Jen Atkin and makeup artist Mary Phillips.

Kaeding tells PEOPLE she used the Redken Blonde Idol high lift (no bleach required!) to lift Jenner to the desired color, which she describes as a “caramel golden light brown.” She explains: “Kendall is still in the brunette family, but is two levels lighter. This lightness gives her a little softness and is very complimentary to her eye color and skin tone. Skin tone and eye color play a big role on deciding what level and tone are appropriate.”

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Jenner and Kaeding were inspired to try a lighter look after the model she noticed her natural hair color beginning to get lighter. “After I took her from blonde to dark [in September] her ends started to naturally lighten up about a half a shade which she loved!” Kaeding says. “So I suggested that we lighten her hair a tab bit more. My secret to achieving this look without damaging her hair was to not use any bleach but to balayage with a Redken high lift color and finish with a Redken gloss.”

The entire process was “fairly quick,” the colorist says. “It took about 1.5 hours including application and processing time. This is because she had the lightness underneath from her going blonde.”

Adds Kaeding: “This color is great because it gives a client a chance to make a subtle change to their hair color without a huge commitment and no damage!”

Jenner made her first daring hair change back in September when she hit the Burberry runway with bright blonde highlights. But she didn’t keep the color for long.

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Her brief stint as a blonde ended just one week later on the Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet.

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“She loved the blonde but was so happy to be back to her natural hair color. It will be less maintenance then staying blonde because her natural is dark,” Kaeding, who also took Jenner back to brunette, told PEOPLE exclusively.

Since Jenner’s natural hair color is dark brown, Kaeding took the model, 23, a “half a shade deeper” than that. She says, “It will soften slightly and match her natural hair color perfectly.”

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