HOW TO: Color Melting, Dramatic Before and After

Maggie Mulhern | July 24, 2014 | 8:48 AM
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Olesia Vabishchevich, a Paul Mitchell national color educator based at Elle Vie Salon, Winter Park, Florida, used 3 different color formulas to melt and correct her model’s existing color. “Her hair was very dry and brittle,” says Vabishchevich. “It had a lot going on but I wanted to make it healthier so I didn't use any lightening.”

1. Paul Mitchell the color 4N+, 5WB, 5NB with 20 volume clear.

2. Paul Mitchell pm shines 7N with 4 violet color shots and 2 yellow color shots

3. Paul Mitchell pm shines 9N and 9Y

“Her base had a bit of grey that's why I added the n+ for superior grey coverage. I used the first formula on the base and about 3-4 inches below base to start melting. I used the side of my brush to make it more lived in and to avoid a line of demarkation. Once that was applied I divided the front down the middle below her ears. The back was sectioned out. On each side I used diagonal forward slices alternating with formulas 2 and 3. I colored over the re growth getting that warmth and the violet tones while melting and blending them all together. In the back section I alternated with formula 2, but in horizontal slices.“

Vabishchevich used pm shines was because she wanted to maintain the integrity of the hair.  “I wanted to make her hair look healthy, feel healthy and looking brand new. Shiny, healthy hair is always in style.“

Adding to her “pm shines” love, the colorist adds “It is a Demi permanent translucent hydrating haircolor. It replaced lost amino acids and added extreme hydration and shine, and brought her hair back to life with vibrancy, dimension, and shine.”

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