Violet and Wild Orchid Vivids: The Color How To

By Alison Alhamed | 04/04/2012 3:05:00 PM


purple hair pravana vivids color chalking From baliage to ombré to chalking, summer is the season to experiment with high-impact coloring techniques. In this how-to, Pravana Artistic Director Vadre Grigsby creates a head-turning finish that can easily transition from conservative to BOLD.

The Artist
Vadre Grigsby
Pravana Artistic Director

The Vision
Easy transitions from conservative look to bold color statement.


Step 1: Working off the part the client would wear to show less of the Vivid color, take three sliced sections at an angle from temple to the top back of the head.

Step 2: Apply Pure Light Power Lightener to the sliced section, then repeat, leaving out a section equal to the first, for a total of three packets.

Step 3: On the other side of the part, take three sections using the same angle, but take these sections back-to-back, not leaving any hair in between.

Step 4: At the back of the top foil, take an angled part to the middle of the fringe. Take three more sliced partings. Apply Pure Light Power Lightener leaving no hair between slices.

Step 5: Apply a base color of 5V (5.7) and 3N (3) to the rest of the head. Process 30 minutes.

Step 6: Shampoo and dry hair to prep for Vivids overlay.

Step 7: Apply Violet and Wild Orchid alternately in same pattern used for lightener. Process 20-30 minutes with no developer and no heat.

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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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california  |  April, 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM

this is so pretty. i will try this!!

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philadelphia,PA  |  April, 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM

I LOVE THIS! i've been looking for a formula very similar, so thanks for posting it! can't wait to take it to my hairstylist and get it done! :)

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wisconsin  |  April, 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM

My hair turned pink kinda like fusia ...not sure what went wrong was it the possile heat they used. Please help

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Toronto  |  May, 19, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Hello Alison, How come you said apply the wild orchid without any developers or peroxide?

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October, 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

the Pravana vivids are a direct dye... they do not need a developer. I have found that the longer you keep the color in the richer the color will turn out and last a bit longer.

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Illinois  |  November, 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM

Vivids are proessed with NO heat or developer.

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March, 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM

Vivids can be processed with heat and it helps it last. I don't have the option to leave it on for hours in the salon but I can put them under the dryer for 30-45 min.

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Panama City  |  April, 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Thank you so much for the reply to this comment! This is my first time using this colour and i just couldn't believe it stays so well without any developer but I can't wait to give it a try!

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April, 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Do you guys have any tips on keeping in bold on porous blonde hair? And tips to prevent bleeding onto surrounding blonde? Clearly there will be some bleeding, but for future shampoos, how would you prevent further from occurring? Interested on getting others opinion on this. I've been wearing bold colors for over 5 years and want to switch to Pravana but have heard it bleeds. :-) thanks in advance.

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