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Articles > Color That’s Breaking The Internet: Metallics
January 18, 2017

Color That’s Breaking The Internet: Metallics

Has there ever, in all of hair history, been a better time to be a colorist? So many amazing shades at your disposal. So many special effects, so many techniques. And best of all—how about those clients? Never before have the customers sitting in your chair been so enthusiastic about creative colors like daffodil and cotton candy and Kelly green. From eight to 80, they’re open to everything, eagerly swiping through their personal haircolor inspiration collections, pointing to this amethyst shade and that peach and blue color melt, imploring you, “Can we do that on my hair?”

Credit social media for this explosion of color creativity, and because of that, keep a close eye on your feeds. Social media is where trends take hold, which means you have to pay attention. Because when the swiping stops on the latest “It” color technique, you’ll be asked to deliver. Here, we’ve gathered the hottest trends with huge “likes” to bring you up to speed!

 

Arctic Silver
By Kim Pham (@kimwasabi)

Kenra Professional Color Formulas
Formula A: Rapid Toner 1 oz. SV + 1 oz. VP + 4 oz. 9-volume Demi-Permanent Coloring Creme Activator

Formula B: 2 oz. 8SM + ½ oz. 8VM + 2 dots 6A + ½ oz. Blue Booster + 9-volume Demi-Permanent Coloring Creme Activator

How-To
1.
Apply Formula A at the shampoo bowl to Level 9, prelightened, damp hair and process for 5 minutes. Shampoo and blow-dry.

2. Apply Formula B to the root area, feathering the formula down about 3 inches.


Silver Dove
By Rossa Jurenas (@rossajurenas)
Schwarzkopf Professional North American Color Director

“Metallics have become a color phenomenon! From smoky silvers to dusty pinks and opaque blues, brights and pastels are evolving into metallics. Above all, metallics are about shine,” says Rossa.

 

Schwarzkopf Professional Color Formulas
Formula A (prelighten): IGORA Vario Blonde Plus + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 3%/10-volume developer

Formula B (regrowth): IGORA ROYAL Absolutes SilverWhite Slate Grey + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 3%/10-volume developer

Formula C (face-frame babylights): IGORA Royal Absolutes SilverWhite Silver + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 3%/10-volume developer

Formula D: IGORA ROYAL Absolutes SilverWhite Dove Grey + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 3%/10-volume developer

How-To
1.
Prelighten all strands with Formula A, process for 60 minutes and remove.

2. Apply Formula B to regrowth and create babylights around the face for texture and movement with Formula C.

3. Apply Formula D to remaining strands, and process for 30 minutes.

Who Did It:
hair styling/photography: Damien Carney, Schwarzkopf North American Creative Director
makeup: Maureen Walsh
styling: Mia Tucker

 


Grape Steel
By Isaac Roberts (@isaac4mayor)

Color Formulas
Formula A (toner): Kenra Demi-Permanent 7SM + 9-volume developer

Formula B (base): Joico Color Intensity Hot Pink + Amethyst Purple + Black Pearl

Formual C (color melt/midshafts): Joico Color Intensity Titanium

Formula D (color melt/ends): Joico Color Intensity Amethyst Purple + Black Pearl


How-To

1. Tone all prelightened hair with Formula A. Dry the hair and apply Formula B to the base.

2. Apply Formula C to the midlengths and Formula D to ends on slices throughout the head.