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LITE BRITE: Hair That Glows In The Dark

Maggie Mulhern | January 19, 2017 | 7:52 AM
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"Lite brite" -inspired hair, the ultimate nostalgia-inducing ‘do with a twist, is hair that glows in the dark! When placed under a black light, this hair painted masterpiece actually lights up.

Pravana's 2016 Show Us Your Vivids contest winner, Neal Malek, created this look, reminiscent of the classic '80’s toy with a modern, edgy twist. Using an electric combo of Pravana Neons and Vivids, Malek transforms makeup artist and influencer, Ashley Wagner, into a rainbow dream—no batteries required.  

GET THE LOOK:

Color Formulas

1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet

2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver

3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black

4: 50g Neon Green + 10g Pastels Blissful Blue + 30g Neon Yellow

5: 60g Vivids Clear + 10g Neon Green + 10g Neon Yellow

6: 30g Pastels Pretty in Pink + 40g Pastels Too Cute Coral + 5g Neon Pink + 10g Neon Orange

7: Pastels Blissful Blue

TECHNIQUE:

  1. Pre-lighten hair to a Level 9 with Pure Light Power Lightener.
  2. Section the hair.
  3. Starting at the nape, apply Vivids Formula 1 at the root and Formula 2 from the rooted color down to the ends.
  • 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  • 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  1. Work your way up the head in 2-inch sections. The next section is colored as follows:
  • Root – Formula 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • PASTELS Blissful Blue
  • Formula 6: 30g Pastels Pretty in Pink + 40g Pastels Too Cute Coral + 5g Neon Pink + 10g Neon Orange
  • PASTELS Blissful Blue
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  1. In the next section, color the hair as follows:
  • Root – Formula 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 4: 50g Neon Green + 10g Pastels Blissful Blue + 30g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 5: 60g Vivids Clear + 10g Neon Green + 10g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  1. In the next section, alternate between the following color combinations on 2 inch strands:
  • 1: Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Pastels Blissful Blue
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  • 2: Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 6: 30g PASTELS Pretty in Pink + 40g PASTELS Too Cute Coral + 5g NEON Pink + 10g NEON Orange
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  • 3: Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 5: 60g Vivids Clear + 10g Neon Green + 10g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  • 4: Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 4: 50g NEON Green + 10g Pastels Blissful Blue + 30g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  1. When you reach the apex (top of diamond sectioning) apply the following colors in order to the entire section:
  • Root-to-Mid Formula 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  • Mid-to-Ends Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black 
  1. As you move into the sides, apply the color in the following order closest to the ear.
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black 
  1. As you move up the head on the sides, apply the color in the following order:
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 4: 50g Neon Green + 10g Pastels Blissful Blue + 30g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  1. Repeat on other side.
  1. Once you reach the fringe, apply in the following order:
  • Root Formula 1: 85g Vivids Black + 15g Vivids Violet
  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 5: 60g Vivids Clear + 10g Neon Green + 10g Neon Yellow
  • Formula 3: 90g Vivids Silver + ½ Drop Vivids Violet + 1g Vivids Black
  1. Process at room temperature 20-30 minutes.

EXTRA:

Color a HaloCouture hair extension while your client is processing and add a pop of pink.

  • Formula 2: 20g Vivids Black + 80g Vivids Silver
  • Formula 6: 30g Pastels Pretty in Pink + 40g Pastels Too Cute Coral + 5g Neon Pink + 10g Neon Orange
  1. Shampoo, condition and protect with Vivids Color Protect aftercare. 
  1. Finish with Pravana Nevo vegan and gluten-free stylers.

NOTE: this look also glows under a black light, thanks to the NEON colors used throughout the technique!

Colorist/Stylist: Neal Malek @nealmhair

Model: Ashley Wagner @ashleyswagnerxo

Photographer: Josh McCaghren @joshmccaghren

Videographer: Huck Hinshaw @pleasantlycavingin

Makeup: Karen Gonzalez @iluvsarahii

Wardrobe: Caisa Airmet @caisadilla

Courtesy: @pravana

Extension piece provided by HaloCouture @halocoutureextensions

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