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February 23, 2016

Gunmetal Aurora

Who needs to travel to see the Northern Lights? This shimmering blend of night sky tones by Philip Ring is every bit as dramatic and awe-inspiring. See how it's done!

Formula A (base):

Color Intensity Black Pearl

Formula B (midlengths and ends):

Color Intensity Titanium + Clear

Formula C (accent):

Color Intensity ½ Mermaid Blue + ½ Clear

Formula D (accent):

Color Intensity Light Purple

When creating color like this, the secret is in the (super) thin slices. And every time the style shifts—braided, smoothed, waved, crimped—the color shifts subtly too. Find out what Phil Ring (@phildoeshair) did to create this memorable hue, and see Phil onstage with the Joico team Aug. 20-22 at COLOR, Cut & Style 2017 in Austin, Texas! 






1. On prelightened hair, apply Formula A to new growth and Formula B to midlengths and ends.


2. Process, rinse, shampoo and dry the hair.


3.  Create a Mohawk section.


4. Throughout the Mohawk section, apply Formula C and D to alternating, thin slices.


5.  Repeat alternating thin vertical slices through the sides and back.  “The tones look so well-blended,” Philip explains, “because the slices are very thin and are applied all the way around the head from side to side.


6. Process, rinse, shampoo and treat with K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.


Haircolor: Philip Ring @phildoeshair

Hairstyling: Jena McLean

Braid: Kim Tran


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