HOW TO: Dreamtones Rainbow Bright Color

By Chandler Rollins | 03/09/2014 11:17:00 AM


click image to zoomHair: Brig Van Osten| Make-up: Aly Frank | Assistants: Jena Wright & Allison Clevenger | Photo by: Brig Van Osten

When Brig Van Osten of p!ay hair lounge in Simi Valley, California, shared this gorgeous technicolor hair design on MODERN's facebook wall, we knew we had to hunt her down for the how-to! Luckily, she was just as thrilled to share it with us.

"I found the inspiration for this color while flipping through my favorite magazines on Friday," says Osten. "It was quickly apparent that the 'artificial' hair color trend is only picking up speed. I realized our YouTube Channel was showing a lot of different haircuts, colors and mini makeover videos, but we were lacking something on the wilder, trendier side." 

Osten enlisted the help of her go-to model for "free-spirited" hair color, Lilah. About a year ago, Osten transformed Lilah's hair into a bright cotton candy pink color for her sixteenth birthday (see here). Never fearful of color, when she arrived at p!ay, Lilah's hair was "blondish" and in desperate need of a trim Osten shares. Prior to Lilah's arrival, Osten created five dreamtones. "Dreamtone is a descriptive word we use at p!ay hair lounge to describe and promote our unique muted shades to our clients," Osten explains.

THE FORMULA: Lilah’s Dreamtones were created using a mix of RUSK Deepshine Direct colors and Wella Magma Pure Shine Sealer: #1- 1½ oz Wella + ¼ oz Pink + 1/8 oz Yellow #2- 1½ oz Wella + ¼ oz Purple + 1 pea size of Red #3- 1½ oz Wella + ¼ oz Teal + 1 pea size Purple #4- 1 oz Wella + 1/2 oz Teal #5- 1½ oz Wella + 1/2 oz Yellow + 1 pea size of Teal

PRO TIP: Osten chose to mute the colors using Wella Magma Pure Shine Sealer because of the longevity it provides for dreamtones. Osten also recommends using disposable containers to mix the formulas and to store the remaining dreamtones for future use.

THE APPLICATION: Osten started by lifting Lilah’s regrowth with a lightener & 20 volume highlight. "We both like a bit of her natural hair color, a warm level 5, shading the color I do for her. Not exactly an outgrowth, but more of a shadow," Osten says. Once the hair lifted to a level 9, it was shampooed out and dried. The hair was then split into two halves, a top and bottom half. Starting at the nape of the neck, taking vertical slices in the bottom section, create two slices of each color. Be sure to leave a tiny slice of blonde out between each color change. Repeat on the second half of the hair until you reach the other side of the head. Divide the front into three sections, two sides and one top section. For the three front remaining sections, horizontally place your slices to create stripes instead of a diffused mix of color. Approximately 20 minutes later rinse the color and seal with Wella's Magma Pure Shine Sealer for five minutes. "This product is brilliant to balance the PH and close the cuticle layers helping lock in the dreamtones," says Osten. "It looked like yarn in the shampoo bowl." 






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chandler Rollins

Chandler Rollins, Associate Editor | Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair

Since October 2013, Chandler has worked at Modern Salon Media producing print and online content. For MODERN SALON magazine, she contributes to the Style Watch, Ask the Experts, Modern Man, Face and Body, Product Spotlight and Goods. On, Chandler assists with posting blogs and articles, the Product section and product reviews.

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l.a.  |  April, 25, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Wow Jonathan, you are quite rude! The absolute JOY on this girl's face is what most of us PROFESSIONALS look forward to when doing color!!! Just because you do not like the trend does not mean you have to be so harsh, just do not do this for you or your clients. I for one want my clients to be happy. As long as it is not damaging to the hair, and is done well I'm going to do the one thing I look to do every time. Make my clients happy and confident!

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