HOW TO: Formula and Steps for Rich, Dimensional Chocolate Color

By Alison Alhamed | 03/01/2014 8:49:00 PM


Whoever said brunettes had less fun clearly never saw colorist Jamie Mullenax's hair color work done through her in Los Angeles. We are LOVING this beautiful finish. How'd she catch our attention? She uploaded the pic to Instagram, tagged @modernsalon, and used #hairdressermagicMODERN's favorite way to see the best in hair color!

Here's how she did it:

On previously colored level 5 ash brown hair, she began with an allover color using 1 oz. Matrix SoColor in DA-504 dark red brown Color with 1 oz. Matrix SoColor in HD copper and 3 oz. of 20-volume developer.

"Starting in the crown area, I created zig-zag partings, pulled down a 1/4-inch piece of hair every 1/2 inch for highlights using 1 oz. of Matrix VLight powder lightener with 20 volume developer," she says. "I separated the highlights with traditional foiling, creating three rows of zigzag highlights."

Her hair was processed for 20 minutes until the highlights were at the desired level, no toning required.





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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