Chromastics Hair Color

Chromastics Hair Color

The first swatch you see in the photo is virgin salt and pepper light brown hair.

The center swatch has been colored with 4N (Light Neutral Brown) and 20-volume developer.

The third swatch has been colored with equal parts of 4N (Light Neutral Brown) and 20-volume developer. Both swatches were timed for 35 minutes.

 

Adding XL-Cream to any formula allows you to create lighter and more translucent final results.

  • 3 parts color and 1 part XL-Cream creates a shade approximately 1 level lighter.
  • Equal parts of XL-Cream and color creates a shades approximately 2 levels lighter.

Use the 3 to 1 ratio when your client’s color is just a little too dark and you want to transition to a lighter shade. Add a few highlights to the top to blend the new color with the old.

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Tuesday Tip: Color correction with no peroxide

Occasionally a color may be a little too dark when it finishes processing.

Here’s a quick fix to get it up to one level lighter without using peroxide.

This only works the day you do the service and before the hair is dried.

  • Mix XL-Powder with warm water. At the sink quickly apply it to all of the hair.
  • Keep an eye on it.
  • Depending upon the depth of the color, it will take as little as 3 minutes or as long as 20 minutes to lighten the hair one level.

This is a good technique to use when you have highlights in the hair and you only do a touch-up on the new growth. Sometimes the color bleeds onto the highlights when shampooing. This technique will bring the highlights “back to life”.

Color correction with no peroxideThe first photo shows a virgin strand of salt and pepper light brown hair that has been tinted to medium brown.
Color correction with no peroxideThe second photo shows the lightening effect of XL-Powder and water for 10, 20 and 30 minutes.

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Tuesday Tip: How Red is 2RO?

Most colorists don’t realize how strong chromastics 2RO is.

Probably because most color lines don’t have an RO darker than 3RO or 4RO.

The photo shows swatch:

  1. Full strength 2RO
  2. 2RO diluted with 5 parts of clear to 1 part of 2RO
  3. 2RO diluted with 10 parts of clear to 1 part of 2RO

All of the swatches show a lot of red color.

This means you can increase the wearability of a Red-Orange formula by adding:

  • 1g of 2RO to level 10 formulas
  • 2g of 2RO to level 8 formulas
  • 3g of 2RO to level 6 formulas
  • 4g of 2RO to level 4 formulas

I hope you find this information helpful.

If you haven’t tried Chromastics yet, give us a call. It’s the most versatile color you’ll ever work with.

Give me a call if you have questions.

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