Using Silver as a Color Canvas

By Lauren Salapatek | 06/27/2012 3:51:00 PM


Celebrity Stylist and Shear Genius winner Brig Van Osten took the stage at Premiere Orlando to create three bold looks using Pravana VIVIDs. "Chromasilk VIVIDs are the perfect colors to nail these looks. All of the VIVIDs shades have a pop to them,” says Brig. 

Brig’s trick to emphasizing her bold color creations was creating a silver base to work off of. “Gray/Silver is the new black since it has gained mainstream popularity in literature, home decor and fashion over the last year. I knew Silver would be the perfect canvas to propel the appearance of my bolder color placement.”

Brig chose to do one model using cool tones, one model with warm tones and a third model styled using hairpieces colored with custom mixed pastel VIVIDs and Silver. “I'm thrilled with the results,” says Brig. “The balance I achieved using Silver as the canvas was more than what I had hoped for.” 

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Look #1

COLOR (hairpieces)

The pieces started at a level 10. Each piece was colored using the pastel tone formulas for only two minutes EXCEPT the silver pieces, which were processed for five minutes.

Step 1: Hair was shampooed using Pravana Color Ensure Sulfate-Free Shampoo with cold water.

Step 2: Follow color formulas (see color swatch photo for Look #1).

Step 3: Then treat the hair with Pravana KeraGLAZE to lock in the VIVIDs and prevent bleeding of colors.


Model’s own hair was styled into a bun. Hairpieces were waved with 19mm Enzo Milano Clipless Iron and styled with Blow Dry Spray for protection and hairspray. Hairpieces were then pinned into place one on top of the other around the model’s bun to create a futuristic beehive.

Look #2:


Step 1: Pre-lighten the hair to a level 9/10 using Pravana Pure Light.

Step 2: Shampoo with Pravana Color Ensure Sulfate-Free Shampoo and blow dry.

Step 3: Follow color formula (see color swatch photo for Look #2). Vertically place foils around the head using slices. (Osten used two slices per color before alternating to the next color. Around the foil, silver was used on all the remaining hair).

Step 4: Process for 10 minutes. Shampoo out the color using cold water.


Step 5: Treat hair with Pravana KeraGlaze to lock in the VIVIDs and prevent bleeding of colors.


Hair was styled using 19mm Enzo Milano Clipless Iron, Pravana Perfection BlowDry Spray and Perfection Shine Serum.


Look #3:


Same steps as Look #2 with different formula. (See color swatch photo for Look #3)


Same styling as Look #2, only difference is her hair was left longer.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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