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March 20, 2007

Aveda “Alison” Color Step-by-Step


Aveda “Alison” Color Step-by-Step

Try your hand at creating this glimmering, eye-popping color from Aveda’s Retro Active Collection and then Learn The Cut To Complement This Color! 

“How do we make the bob new again – with color?  Take a traditional cut and make it more exciting by using a modern technique, which is color melting,”  says David Adams, Aveda Global Technical Director.

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    Color Formulas: Full Spectrum™ Protective Permanent Creme Hair Color

    Custom Formula #1: 40g 4Natural Light Brown + 3g Dark Red/Red Pure Tone + 3g Dark Yellow/Orange Pure Tone + 10 Volume Color Catalyst™ Creme Developer

    Custom Formula #2: 40g Dark Pure Base + 10g Dark Red/Orange Pure Tone + 30 Volume Color Catalyst™ Creme Developer

    Custom Formula #3: 40g 9Natural Very Light Blonde + 6g Light Violet/Blue Pure Tone + 40 Volume Color Catalyst™ Creme Developer

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    Beginning at the left side of the head behind the ear, create a curved section across the top of the occipital bine following the shape of the head.

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    Apply Custom Formula #1 on section from scalp to ends.  Isolate with foils.

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    Create a curved section from behind the ear to the front hairline.

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    Apply Custom Formula #1 to entire section from scalp to ends.  Isolate with foil.

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    Repeat steps 4 and 5 on right side.  Omit fringe.

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    Create circular section around top of head, working with shape and movement within the hair cut.

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    Apply Custom Formula #1 along entire circle from scalp to mid-lengths, varying application ¼ inch to 1 inch from scalp.

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    Melt Custom Formula #@ from mid-lengths to ends.  Isolate with foil.

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    Release circular section of hair.  Working in horizontal sections, apply Custom Formaula #1 to new growth, varying 1 inch to 1½ inches from scalp.

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    Take a horizontal section through bottom of circle.  Melt Custom Formula #1 through mid-lengths and ends of this section.  Isolate with foil.

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    Take next horizontal slice and melt Custom Formula #3 into mid-lengths and ends.  Continue working up circle, alternating Formaulas #1 and #3.

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    Take a curved section through fringe, just behind hairline.  Apply Custom Formula #1 to entire section.

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    Take a second section through fringe, melt Custom Formula #1 at scalp and Custom Formula #2 at ends.

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    On third section of fringe, melt Custom Formula #1 to new growth and Custom Formula #3 to mid-lengths and ends.

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    Completed color application.

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