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Formulas > Red > Bright Apple Red
September 15, 2022

Bright Apple Red

By Kara Williams

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  • Formula A (roots)

    Matrix SoColor Pre-Bonded HD RV + 40-volume developer

  • Formula B (refresh)

    Matrix SoColor Cult 2 oz. Red Hot + 1 oz. Clear

 

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What is the ideal client for this transformation?

In general, high lift reds like this are great for darker levels between Level 3 and Level 5. Kara’s client has been red for years, making her end result more of a touch-up than an overall transformation.

 

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How long will this look take?

The majority of this client’s three-hour appointment was focused on the cut, blow-dry and style, while the actual color refresh took around 45 minutes. 

 

Pro tip: Bright reds don’t alway have to double process. A good, vibrant red exists at a Level 6. Refreshing with a semi will help keep reds bright without browning out.

 

Related: 3 Tips For Refreshing Red Hair Color

 

How much is this look priced?

For a color refresh in addition to a major cut and styling service, Kara charges around $360.

 

How can clients care for this look?

For the longest lasting results, Kara advises her vibrant red clients to take advantage of at-home toner touch-ups and Matrix Keep Me Vivid Sulfate Free Shampoo between salon visits.

Who Did It

Colorist: Kara Williams
Manufacturer: Matrix, @matrix

Products Used

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A (roots)

    Matrix SoColor Pre-Bonded HD RV + 40-volume developer

  • Formula B (refresh)

    Matrix SoColor Cult 2 oz. Red Hot + 1 oz. Clear

FORMULA STEPS

  1. Kara’s client is a routine red and sees her every six weeks for a touch-up, so she achieved this red refresh in a few simple steps. First, she applied Formula A to the roots.
  2. Next, she refreshed the mids and ends with Formula B to add richness and to prevent the color from browning out.
  3. After the color service, Kara followed up with a full haircut/styling service to achieve this structured, custom look.