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Last updated: October 19, 2022

Need A Clean Base For Pastels? Try This Corrective Color Method

Kickstart Your Pastels With This Color Correction Technique

What client (and hairdresser) doesn’t love light, dreamy pastels? Soft pinks, metallic lavenders and pale blues—sign us up! We’re all about these trendy hues, but let’s be real: They can be a little intimidating, especially if a client needs a major color correction to get the head-turning pastel they’re looking for.


Keep scrolling for Farouk Systems Creative Director Mego Ayvazian (@paulandmego)‘s tips for creating a clean slate for a melted, pastel result.


Watch the video above to see Mego’s pastel transformation in action!


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1. Prep the hair for major processing using a bonding agent 

Between color removal and plenty of lightener, color correction isn’t always easy on the client’s hair. Mego prefers to apply CHI Royal Treatment Bond & Seal treatment with hemp and aloe prior to every color application. This natural bonder works to strengthen and protect the hair while lifting—an essential for making sure your client doesn’t leave the salon with brittle, lackluster locks.


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2. Lift the hair to at least a Level 6 to achieve pastel results

To both remove previous color and lift the hair, Mego applied CHI Bleach & Shine Lightener that can lift up to nine levels. He prefers this specific lightener because of its strength, but also because it contains an infusion of hemp oil and aloe vera designed to prevent breakage and nourish the hair while processing.


Pro tip: Since color correcting can leave hair a little patchy, Mego recommends applying lightener to problem areas first or using a higher volume developer so they can process for a longer period of time.


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3. Create custom pastel formulas (and allow your clients to try on their color virtually)

Mego takes his color service a step further with the LG CHI Color Master Factory, a digitally controlled color customization system with the possibility to create unlimited color formulations with exact precision.


Pro tip: The LG CHI Color Master Factory comes with an app and simulation mode that allows artists and clients to experiment with different hair colors before committing to the process. The camera allows users to try on a new hair color in real time for a personalized experience.


Tap the beaker to find Mego’s pastel formulas!

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  • Formula A (root shadow)

    CHI Ionic Color Clear + Violet Additive + 10-volume developer

  • Formula B (red ends)

    Ionic Color 8V + Red Additive + 11I, applied at a diagonal back; melts into the root very nicely for optimal coverage

  • Formula C (midlengths)

    Ionic Color Smoky Silver Violet + 10S + 1 gram of 1N + Violet Additive

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