Beth Minardi gives hair color seminar at ABS

05/28/2010 1:30:29 PM


Attend any Beth Minardi educational event and prepare to receive pearls— pearls of color wisdom that is! The color pro’s recent master class at America’s Beauty Show on behalf of Joico Vero K-PAK Color, was no
exception—an informative three hours packed with color makeover demos, tips, innovative techniques and formulas, and lively question and answer segments. Here’s part 1 of a series of color tips from Minardi, who is being honored with the NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award during PBA’s Beauty Week next month:

Weave Wisdom. Section configuration and size is critical to every color design, Minardi told the crowd. The right decisions can make all the difference between a beautiful, natural-looking result and an awkward mess. Always weave super-fine hair textures, Minardi advised, and if your client’s hair is thick, opt for slices. If you do
slice, however, switch to weaves around the face to avoid a stripe-y effect. Foil choice can also impact your outcome. Save the thick, heavy product for your baked potatoes, said Minardi; when highlighting, the thinner the foil,  the better.

“With flimsier foil, you can actually get much closer to the scalp,” she explained. “If the foil is too thick, it tends to drift, which results in those awful ‘tiger tails.’” Also, fold foils minimally. The less you fold, the easier it is to remove the foil, added Beth Finally, at Minardi Salon, she revealed, colorists never allow used foils to collect
in the sink after a highlight service. Doing so runs the risk of unwanted contact between the hair and the dye that remains in the foils. Instead, each foil is placed immediately in a trash receptacle next to the shampoo bowl. “If you’re working with assistants who shampoo your color clients,” Minardi advised, “train them properly from day one. This is your co-colorist; someone who can be a real asset to your business.”

Look for more great color tips from Minardi’s Master Class in next month’s PROCESS and on For more information on Beth Minardi classes for Joico Vero K-Pak Color, visit







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