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September 21, 2015

George Papanikolas’ Sought-After Celebrity Formulas

 


George takes the class through his foiling technique.

As one of the most in-demand colorists in Hollywood, Matrix Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas is no stranger to creating sought-after hues for his celebrity clientele. His signature highlights are in demand from his client in Southern California all the way to his clientele in Dubai. His custom, natural-looking, sin-kissed balayage is one of his most-requested looks and also happens to be his specialty. Recently, George flew to The Windy City for a special class taught at Andreas Hogue Salon in Northbrook, Ill. where he showcased some of his all-time favorite celebrity formulas. So get your iPad ready, cause these are the hues that are sure to be your client’s go-to colors for fall.

Radiant Red

Celebrity Inspiration: Kate Walsh
Gray coverage, auburn with copper-gold highlights

Base Formula: 2 oz. Color Insider COV-7WM (7.38) + 2 oz. 20-volume Color Insider Oil-Cream Developer

Formula B (highlights): Light Master + 40-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula C (gloss): Equal parts Gloss Sync 9CG + 10-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Application
1.
Apply Formula A to the entire head and process for 35 minutes.

2. Hand paint highlights onto the hair using Formula B.

3. Gloss the hair with Formula C and process for 5 minutes.

Golden Blonde

 

Celebrity Inspiration: Blake Lively
Warm, butter blonde

Formula A (base): 2 oz. SOCOLOR 8AA 2 oz. + 20-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula B (highlights): Light Master + 40-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula C (foiled balayage highlights): Light Master + 20-volume MATRIX Cream
Developer

Application
1. Apply Formula A to the entire head and process for 5 minutes.

2. Hand paint highlights throughout the crown using Formula B.

3. Foil the balayage highlighting using Formula C through the ends.  

Chocolate Brunette

Celebrity Inspiration: Jenna Dewan Tatum
A cool brunette with tone-on-tone light brown

Formula A (base): 2 oz. 5N Color Sync + 2oz. 10-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula B (highlights): Light Master + 30-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula C (gloss): Equal parts Gloss Sync 7N + 9N + 10-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Application
1. Apply Formula A to the entire head and process for up to 20 minutes.

2. Foil your balayage highlights using Formula B.

3. Gloss the hair using Formula C and process for 5 minutes.

Bronde

 

Celebrity Inspiration: Khloe Kardashian
A multidimensional light brown with caramel infused highlights

Formula A (base): Equal parts Color Sync 5N +  6N + 10-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula B (highlights):  Light Master + 40-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Formula C (midlengths and ends): Light Master + 30-volume MATRIX Cream Developer

Application
1. Apply Formula A to the entire head and process for up to 20 minutes.

2. Hand paint highlights at the natural part and around the face using Formula B.

3. Highlight the midlengths and ends using Formula C.