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HOW-TO: Purple & Wild Orchid Highlights on a Disconnected A-Line Haircut

Lauren Salapatek | February 27, 2015 | 10:17 AM
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Angie the client walked into Gina Atkinson Salon in Las Vegas with a long, grown-out ombre. As you can see in the before photo (slides 2 & 3), she’s a natural level 1-2 on top and there’s purple ombre cascading down her hair.

“My guest said she wanted to cut off her hair for a while, and that she never had short hair before,” said owner Gina Atkinson (@ginaatkinson). “When she came in and sat down she said, ‘Make me an anime character!’

Atkinson said she enjoyed transforming this client because it left her a lot of room for creativity!


  1. "We started with her haircut first, on wet hair. I sectioned out a star pattern on her crown area and clipped it out of the way. Then, we cut a normal A-line with a slight graduation. Then let down the star pattern that had been sectioned out to create her disconnected pieces and cut as needed."
  2. "Since she already had some previously highlighted pieces, I balayaged highlights on her disconnected pieces using Redken Flashlift with 30 volume and let the hair process for 10 minutes."
  3. "I rinsed the hair (not using shampoo or conditioner). I towel dried the hair afterwards."
  4. "I applied PRAVANA Purple over all the previously highlighted pieces, leaving out the disconnects."
  5. "I applied PRAVANA Purple to the base of the disconnects blending into Pravana Wild Orchid at the ends."
  6. "I let the hair process for 25 minutes." 
  7. "Then, I rinsed the hair with cool water and shampooed, conditioned and blow-dried."
  8. "I finshed the style with Paul Mitchell Spray Wax and Kenra Medium Hold Hairspray."
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