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4 Hair Painting Techniques - Each Gives a Different Effect!

Lauren Salapatek | September 4, 2015 | 8:23 AM
Ali Eskridge, stylist at ARROJO Salons in NYC shows four hair painting techniques.

Patrick McIvor, Artistic & TechniCulture Director for Goldwell and KMS California and Techni-Color Director of ARROJO, shares four ways to hair paint by Ali Eskridge, stylist at ARROJO Salons in NYC. In the video, Eskridge goes over the techniques for Classic Hair Painting, Hair Painting with Full Saturation, Creating Dimension with Hair Painting and Classic Painting Base to Ends/Hairline, using Goldwell Silk Lift. 

1. Classic Hair Painting (partial saturation)

  • Hold hair between thumb and fingers at the light line (where the concentration of color is starting).
  • Start with a little bit of product, the cleaner the brush, the cleaner the application.
  • Move the brush before it touches the hair and work back and forth - hold hair taught so it feels like a guitar string.
  • Apply lightener until comfortable with look and saturation, and back brush if more diffusion is needed - the less hair seen, the more lightening there will be.
  • Let section drop into palm of hand and gently work lightener down to the ends, going for partial saturation.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and process.

2. Hair Painting with Full Saturation

  • Use diagonal section to keep the end result softer.
  • Paint gently and softly going higher towards the scalp, because you’re doing full saturation, have the light line start a little higher, and after the light line concentrate on full saturation.
  • Let section drop into palm of hand and gently work lightener down to the ends, going for full saturation, lift the section and apply product to the back as well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and process.

3. Creating Dimension with Hair Painting

  • Apply product with a dry brush going higher to the head in the front of the first section to create dimension and on the other side of the section go lower to create a diagonal line for softness.
  • When passing the light line, keep both lines angled in to the ends using soft brush strokes.

4. Classic Painting Base to Ends/Hairline

  • Create the same amount of lightness to the roots and ends by painting soft strokes along the entire hair strand, diffusing it towards the scalp.

“Hair Painting is so popular now because it gives a more natural finish as opposed to foils that highlight uniformly from root to ends,” adds McIvor.


Photographer: Pedro Zoo; Color: Ali Eskridge and Zach Norman

Photographer: Niki Asti; Color: Ashley Kowalsky and Zach Norman

Photographer: Pedro Zoo


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