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August 2, 2016

3 Strong and Vibrant How-Tos

 

Inspiration. It can come from anywhere—maybe you’re feeling most inspired after scrolling through your Instagram feed, maybe it’s a fellow stylist at your salon creating a total transformation. No matter where your inspo comes from, continuing to get and stay inspired is crucial in this industry. And now, revealing your inner artist comes with rewards. The UNMASK A HERO contest by Keratin Complex celebrates the heroes of our industry—the stylists, the colorists, the hair gods who work and create behind the chair every day. The contest runs throughout the year, and starting now, they’re inviting stylists to share their best work on Instagram and Facebook using the #unmaskahero hashtag for a chance to win major prizes.

Keratin Complex judges will select winners based on creativity, technique and overall impact in the areas of styling, smoothing and color. Winners will be announced on Instagram, Facebook and www.keratincomplex.com. And be sure to check out #unmaskahero in 2017 for even more rewards and prizes!

Find Your Own #UNMASKAHERO Inspiration
Strong, dark and emotional. This was the inspiration behind Keratin Complex International Artistic Director for Color Therapy™, Deb Gavin’s Nightmare Collection—full of strong shades and beautiful tones that come to life when the light hits them just right. Check out three how-tos for our fave looks and find your own inspiration to create something completely magical for #unmaskahero.

How-To: Blood Red

 “I chose this vibrant red for its intensity. The deeper shades
have a blended placement, making it look like
 it’s being seen at night.” – Deb Gavin

Keratin Complex Color Formulas
Formula A (background):
30ml KeraHold 5.6/5R  + 10ml KeraHold 6.29/6VB  + 40ml 20-volume
KeraHold Developer
Formula B: 20ml KeraHold 7.6/7R + 10ml Metamorfix .66/RR + 30ml 30-volume KeraHold Developer
Formula C: 5ml KeraHold 1.0/1N  + 25ml KeraHold 6.29/6VB + 30ml 10-volume KeraHold Developer

Application
1. Create three rectangular subsections: one off the high side of the part in the front perimeter, and the other two above the ears on both sides.

2. Apply Formula A on all hair that is not sectioned.

3. Diffuse Formula B into Formula C in slices throughout the subsections. Vary the angles of diffusion to create different degrees of the two formulas.

4. Process up to 35 minutes.

5. Shampoo and condition with Timeless Color. For longer-lasting color and to lock in the finish, apply Metamorfix Multi-Purpose Color Perfector instead of conditioner and leave on hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

6. Rinse and style as desired using Keratin Complex products.

How-To: Amethyst Night

“Working with contrasting violets combined with a strong block placement
creates a deeper but balanced play of light.” – Deb Gavin

Keratin Complex Color Formulas
Formula A: 30ml KeraHold 6.29/6VB 10 + 10ml KeraHold .09/B + 20ml KeraHold .02/V  + 50ml 20-volume KeraHold Developer
Formula B: 20ml KeraHold .21/VA + 10ml Metamorfix .22/VV + 20ml KeraHold 6.62/6RV + 50ml 20-volume KeraHold Developer

Application
1. Section a rectangle approximately 1 inch from the hairline starting at the corner of one eye, and working to the corner of the other eye.

2. Section a square below each cheekbone and a wide rectangle below the crown, stopping at the occipital bone.

3. Apply Formula A from scalp to ends in these sections. To create a softer effect, add a few detail pieces of Formula B into these block sections.

4.
On the remaining hair, apply Formula B scalp to ends.

5. Process up to 35 minutes.

6. Shampoo and condition with Timeless Color. For longer-lasting color and to lock in the finish, apply Metamorfix Multi-Purpose Color Perfector instead of conditioner and leave on hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

7. Rinse and style as desired using Keratin Complex products.

How-To: Ocean Storm

“The unusual tones of the ocean at dawn or dusk were inspiring.
Depending on the styling, this color can be seen as a harmonious
neutral blonde, like sunlight hitting the water; or, with a flick of the comb,
the blues and grays take dominance, like an angry ocean.” – Deb Gavin

Keratin Complex Color Formulas
Formula A (Prelightener): 30ml 
It’s a Blonde Thing Lightening powder + 30ml 20-volume It’s a Blonde Thing Developer
Formula B (Toner):  45ml Demi-Glaze 10.2/10V + 45ml Demi-Glaze Activator
Formula C: 5ml KeraHold 1.0/1N + 25ml KeraHold .11/AA  + 30ml 10-volume KeraHold Developer
Formula D: 5ml KeraHold .09/B  + 25ml KeraHold .21/VA  + 30ml 10-volume KeraHold Developer
Formula E:  30ml KeraHold .21/VA + 30ml 10-volume KeraHold Developer

Application
Pre-lighten hair to a level 8 using Formula A. For optimal results, tone the entire hair with Formula B. Process for 20 minutes.

1. Create a V-shaped section with the point starting at the hairline and the width of the V on either side of the crown. The V should be about an inch thick.

2. Zigzag to create subsections inside that V.

3. Alternate Formulas C, D and E throughout the zigzag subsections.

4. Process up to 35 minutes.

5. Shampoo and condition with Timeless Color. For longer-lasting color and to lock in the finish, apply Metamorfix Multi-Purpose Color Perfector instead of conditioner and leave on hair for 5 to 10 minutes.

6. Rinse and style as desired using Keratin Complex products.

See the whole collection!