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August 26, 2015

Color How-To: Iridescent Pearl

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Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

Color How-To: Iridescent Pearl

This multidimensional color is a cross between a periwinkle blue/lilac base that ombrés out into muted steely gray on the ends and takes on an iridescent pearl-like effect. The result is a stunning tone-on-tone creation with plenty of depth and dimension. And this color caused quite the stir when BTC posted it on social pages—it generated more than 12,000 likes between Facebook and Instagram combined! The colorist behind the color? Noora Ali Ahmad from The Best Little Hair House in Simi Valley, CA, and BTC One Shot finalist who created this frosted lilac gem. Here’s how she did it!

Colorist: Noora Ahmad

COLOR FORMULAS

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

Products Used

HOW-TO STEPS

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

1

Create a textured lob on dry hair.

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

2

Then create a shadow root using Formula A for 30 minutes.

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

3

The client had some yellow blonde in zone 2 and 3, so Formula B was applied.

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

4

Rinse and tone the hair with Formula C.

Formula A:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL Metallics 2 oz. 8-29 + 2 inches 4-29 + 20-volume developer

Formula B:

Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME 20-volume + Olaplex

Formula C (tone):

Redken Shades EQ 9v

Formula D:

Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA ROYAL 6-0 + 4-29 + 10-volume

Formula E:

Schwarzkopf Professional PEARLESCENCE 2 oz. 9.5-29 1 oz.
9.5-89 +  a flicker 0-99 7-volume + Olaplex

5

If you feel the base isn't dark enough, go back in with Formula D.  

6

Wash and dry hair 100 percent then apply Formula E at room temp for 30 minutes.

Noora’s Tips for Success
1.
Noora charged $320 for 3.5 hours of work. “I charge by each step and I usually double book (Noora has an assistant who helps her). However, for a really intense color, I usually prefer to put all of my attention on the one client.” shares Noora.

2. Love the color, but are worried about the upkeep? Noora recommends washing the hair as little as possible, but when the hair is washed, it’s washed in cold water. “When using heat styling, always use medium heat,” suggests Noora. Also, sell a little retail. Noora recommends PRAVANA VIVIDS Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner to her clients to keep the color vibrant longer.