COLOR CORRECTION: Fixing a Box Fix Fail

By Maggie Mulhern | 08/17/2014 3:18:00 PM


This color correction, by Nichole Gustas (@nicholedoeshair) of The Swank Studio, Oceanside, CA, had quite a challenge. Her natural level 3 client arrived to the salon sporting a complicated situation. Not only had one salon "botched" the color, but the client then tried to "fix" it herself. The client arrived one day later and this is what Gustas did to correct the situation:


Roots/base formula: 

Half 55/0 half 5/1 Wella Koleston. 20 Volume developer.


Mid shaft/low light formula: 

Three quarters 6/3 one quarter 7/0 Wella Koleston. 10 Volume developer


Balayage formula:

Wella Blondor bleach 20 Volume developer.


1oz 7NB 1oz 9NB  Redken Shades EQ



STEP 1: Section hair into 4 quadrants.

STEP 2: Apply formula 1 to the virgin hair. Make sure not to go beyond the line of demarcation.

STEP 3: Using formula 2, free hand paint lowlights throughout the 4 quadrants.

STEP 4: Feather and smudge formula 1 and 2 together.

STEP 5: Now address the orange bands in the mid shaft. Balayage using formula 3 to gently lift to a level 8/9.

STEP 6: After processing, rinse and then toned with Formula 4 watching closely (for about 4-5 minutes).

STEP 7: Rinse and then wash with Unite Blonda Shampoo.

STEP 8: Deep condition with Unite U Luxury Intense Mask. 






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie Mulhern

Maggie Mulhern is the Beauty & Fashion Director at Modern Salon magazine.


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London  |  August, 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Salon and person is different

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Oceanside ca  |  August, 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

These pictures are most certainly of the same person and in the same salon. Her name is Monica Han and the salon is The Swank Studio. I'm flattered that the after photo is such a transformation that you would think I would fake it with another persons photo. None of these pictures are even filtered or retouched. Just a lot of hard work and time. Thanks Nichole Gustas

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oceanside  |  August, 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Beautiful correction Nichole! You are 100% talented. I love my Swank Studio ladies.

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