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How-Tos > Color Clouding
September 16, 2016

Color Clouding

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  • Formula A

    1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

  • Formula B

    1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

Color Clouding

Modern color is blended color—you don’t want to see a hard stop or start. To get that balance of high-impact yet natural-looking haircolor, try color clouding, a technique from The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney that will be super in-demand at your salon this fall.

We love that The Salon by InStyle is constantly coming up with cool techniques to keep hairdressers fresh, and they support their stylists by offering crazy amounts of paid education and training. Something else that’s super cool? You get a storewide discount at JCPenney, medical, dental, paid time off and a 401K! AND they give you up to $1,000 bonuses based on performance—so basically, you get paid extra for doing what you love. Learn more about these awesome benefits at jobs.jcp.com. And until then, try this cool color technique!

Manufacturer: JCPenney Salon; Matrix, @matrix

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A

    1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

  • Formula B

    1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

Products Used

HOW-TO STEPS

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    1

    Create a Mohawk section from the hairline to the nape. Create triangular sections on each side from the hairline to the front of the ear and from the front of the ear to the occipital.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    2

    Secure each section.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    3

    Beginning in the back, create 1-½” diagonal sections. Backcomb each section with three strokes.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    4

    Place the section on foil and apply Formula A to the non-backcombed ends. Secure the foil. Continue this application in the back section—you’ll have approximately 4 to 5 foils.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    5

    On the side triangular sections, work in slight diagonal sections and apply Formula A without backcombing the base. Begin the application in the center of the strand, then feather it upward with a comb. Place a board on the ends for control and better saturation.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    6

    Separate the sections with strips of cotton. In the top panel, resume the backcombing technique used in the nape and back areas. Process, rinse, shampoo and detangle the hair. Apply Formula B to all strands on damp hair.

    • Formula A

      1 scoop Matrix Light Master + 1 oz. 20-volume developer

    • Formula B

      1 oz. Matrix Color Sync 10WN + ½ oz. Color Sync 8WN + 1 ½ oz. 10-volume developer

    7

    Finished Look