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Introducing Malibu C Concentr8 Colour Collection

September 23, 2016 | 12:51 PM
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Cocktailed Color How-To

"If you know the color wheel you can create anything.” —Nicole Emiliani

MODERN invited stylist Nicole Emiliani to our studios to demonstrate how she uses the new Concentr8 Colour Collection by Malibu C Artistry to customize dimension and fresh hues.

Malibu C, the company most known for its vitamin-enriched remedy treatments, is debuting its Concentr8 Colour Collection of pure color powder pigments in three shades: Primary Red, Primary Yellow and Primary Blue. Designed to be cocktailed with the brand’s Concentrate Mixers, this is, by definition, the epitome of customized hair color.

“If you know the color wheel you can create anything,” says Nicole Emiliani, salon owner and platform artist for Malibu C. “The new Concentr8 Colour Collection allows the colorist to play around and prepare a color based on client need.”

When cocktailed, the pigments can be diluted, enhanced and prepared exclusively for each client, used to create a stain, or added to a cream or conditioning base to create a fashion color. They’ve also been formulated to be used as filler, and mixed with a permanent or demipermanent color. “You are creating something you cannot get out of a tube—it cannot be replicated,” Emiliani says.

To begin, Emiliani prepared the base in a color bowl. The white, concentrates—Shine (Illumin8), Protein (Rehabilit8) and Moisture (Rehydr8)—are mixed based on the client’s hair type and individual need. Emiliani then added the dry crystal pigment powder, cocktailing until reaching the desired tone.

For this session, Emiliani used more of the Primary Red shade with a little Primary Yellow for a copper result, while leaving some of the yellow and blue in separate bowls for added dimension.

After lifting panels and slices throughout the hair, Emiliani used a color-melting technique for the dimensional finish, leaving a natural, neutral-warm base to serve as a shadow, melting to red/copper along the lengths and yellow at the ends. “There is no line of demarcation,” she says, “just an orange shadow where the two shades meet.”

To add dimension, Emiliani placed purple and blue shades in prelightened ribbons in the back. “This results in hidden silvery blue and purple pieces,” she says.

Hair color: Nicole Emiliani
Style: Ryan Suhr 
Photographer: Roberto Ligresti
Makeup artist: David Maderich for Cao Cosmetics 
Fashion stylist: Rod Novoa
Nails: Leonobi Galvez for OPI


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