HOW-TO: Stylist Invents New Color Application Methodology

By Lauren Salapatek | 11/13/2013 1:45:00 PM


Hair stylist Brenda Smith has invented a new method of coloring hair using a transparent applicator that achieves superior colour development due to exposure to oxygen. Clear Visual Developments (CVD) replaces the use of tinfoil when coloring hair, allowing colorists to monitor the change in color through the transparent material that holds the hair in an open loop.

The CVD loop is held in place with a specially designed clip. Product trials have shown that the loops and clips can be reused 50 times without discolouring, tearing or rupturing. The loops, which were developed over a 12-month period in order to determine the ideal micrometer for the loop, are durable and flexible. The CVDs have now been patented. The loops are sized for general and precision color application and trails showed they could be used on all hair types.

For more information about Clear Visual Developments, visit

Benefits of the product:

*Quick simple robust application (no folding and sealing or rupturing as per foil)

*Can apply with or without backing board

*Improved oxidation

*No heat acceleration required

*Close to the root application 

*No blotching (there are no folds using CVD's)

*Normal processing time

*Can view color develop on the whole head, improving color development management (CVD's are transparent and therefore offer visibility to the entire color application) 

*Can be used on any length of hair

*Stain free

*Don't stain or rupture

*Easy to clean

*CVD's can be reused many times over (dependent on handling, current tests indicate over 50 times) and therefore offer huge cost savings.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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Le Roy    
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Midwest  |  November, 14, 2013 at 08:13 PM

This method of highlights has been around for sometime. Davines Flamboyage.

au  |  November, 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I have to agree LeRoy.

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south africa  |  November, 18, 2013 at 07:46 AM

The Davines Flamboyage is a fantastic product and has been around for sometime. The CVD application is however different. One of the elements that makes CVD different from any other system out there. Is the material use in the CVD system. Making the individual components reusable. Both products are fantastic, Each owning benefits...

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