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Such DRAMA..."Emergency" Color Correction

Maggie Mulhern | November 3, 2014 | 10:00 PM
Camille Plourde's client during and after.
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The ombre that needed correction.
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Camille Plourde uses balayage to correct the color.
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A combination of balayage highlights and lowlights is used to correct the color.
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The beautiful after.
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Camille Plourde, (@hairbycamillegp) a master stylist at Hair in Fairfield, Connecticut, received a call while at home that she was needed IMMEDIATELY at the salon.
A colleague, an artist in training, was trying a complicated ombre on a fellow stylist. Things were not going according to plan and Plourde was asked to run back to Hair to correct.
“She was trying to do something quite clever,” says Plourde. “She was trying to do one color on top and another color underneath so that it would peek out to create a modern ombre. But it didn’t work out. The result was spotty and messy.”
Plourde came to the rescue. She mixed up some shades, pulled out her color brushes, put on some gloves and got busy. “It turned out to be a class in itself,” she says. “Not only did the colorist in training learn from the correction, but several other hairdressers gathered around and learned as well."
“I am so proud of her for trying,” says Plourde. “She really did a good job to create a base for me. We all ended up learning from the process and it stressed to everyone that proper color formulation and application can take years to perfect. Good haircolor is not always effortless and it really is so important to make mistakes. That’s how we learn!”

Here Plourde shares how she corrected the color, using the existing root shade (created by the new artist who used Matrix imprints 4N, 4R, 4V with 10 volume developer):

Step 1: Thoroughly examine the hair, looking for the spotty areas. The goal here is to blend.
Step 2: Using a balayage technique, paint in more highlights using l’Oreal Platine Precision with 40 volume developer. Paint over the spotty areas, blending down to the roots.
Step 3: While processing, add some lowlights using Matrix Color Sync 1 ounce 6RV, ½ ounce 8V and ½ ounce Clear.
Step 4: Process for 15 minutes (“It lifted quickly.”)
Step 5: Shampoo and condition. Toner was not needed.

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