At MODERN, we LOVE a good before-and-after! Tony Cavallo of Hype Hair in the UK shares a photo, formula and cut how-to for this striking cut-and-color transformation.

Make-up: Jacqui Faulds
Photography: Vicky Yates
Approx. color and styling time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

HOW-TO: Violet Magenta Formula with Precision Fringe


STEP 1: Pre-lighten the hair with Schwarzkopf BLONDME.

STEP 2: Once rinsed off and dried, use Wella Color Touch 5/66 with 0/68 mixer for the all-over color.


STEP 3: For the front, foil one layer between the all-over color and the front color with Fudge Paintbox Blueberry Hill.

STEP 4: Foil the section under at the front and side starting with Wella Color Touch 55/65 with 0/65 Wella Koleston mixer blending into Affinage b:RED Copper layering the foils back to back.

STEP 5: Take one foil at the side from the side burn and blend from Wella Color Touch 5/66 with 0/68 to Fudge Paintbox Blueberry Hill to Wella Color Touch 55/65 with 0/65 to the Affinage b:RED Copper.

To cut, Cavallo says he chose a "simple-but-striking cut by having a short, precise fringe blending into a sharp edge at the side and the top falling to the same side." He left a small, fine, sharp section at the other side and "took both sides up and around the ears while tapering the back into the back of the neck to keep focus on the front."

Cavallo used a number of tools for the cut, including scissors, texturizing scissors, a cut-throat razor and peanut mini-clippers.

STEP 1: Blow dry with a small round brush and finished off with Ghd stylers.

STEP 2: Use Neal & Wolf Moulding Paste and Shine Spray to shape as desired.

STEP 3: Finish with Neal & Wolf Hold and Shine Spray; use a styling comb and Patrick Cameron brush to smooth.