HOW-TO: Add a Copper Wave to Your Client's Color for Spring

Lauren Salapatek | March 31, 2017 | 11:46 AM
The model on the right shows off the new Copper Wave technique by L'Oréal Professionnel.
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Figure 1 - The Copper Wave look by L'Oréal Professionnel.
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Figure 2 - The Copper Wave look by L'Oréal Professionnel .
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The inspiration for the Copper Wave technique by L'Oréal Professionnel comes from layering cosmetics, where you overlay touches of makeup. It lets you enhance shine without going through a radical transformation.

A copper tint lends itself perfectly to this new technique as it enhances and warms up the color of any hair. Like a blush, it simply brightens up the face. The secret? Sections of the hair, especially the tips, are colored with INOA Ammonia-Free hair color and wrapped in aluminum foil for an ultra-natural finish.

Paris Fashion Week designer Vanessa Bruno collaborated with Matthew Collins at L'Oréal Professionnel to curate this look.

Copper Wave comes in 10 shades; here are few to choose from: 8.34/8GC, 7.43/7CG, 7.44/7CC, 6.34/6GC, 5.4/5C


Formula 1: ¾ INOA 7.44/7CC + ¼ INOA 5.4/5C + INOA Rich Developer 20-vol.

Formula 2: Blond Studio Freehand Techniques Powder + 30-vol. Majicrème Developer + Smartbond Step 1 Additive

Formula 3: ½ INOA 7.44/7CC + ½ INOA Clear + INOA Rich Developer 10-vol.



  • Apply Formula 1 as a global application, process 35 minutes.
  • Shampoo with L’Oréal Professionnel's INOA Post Color Shampoo, power dry.
  • Create a 2-inch subsection around the perimeter of the head, isolate the interior hair.
  • Balayage Formula 2 in 10 triple point pieces clockwise, following the round of the head.
  • Process highlights to desired level of lightness, rinse and towel dry.
  • Apply Formula 3 as a global application, process 10 minutes, rinse and towel dry.
  • Complete color service with Smartbond Step 2 Pre Shampoo. Depending on hair length and density, apply 4 to 8 pumps of Smartbond Step 2 Pre Shampoo into hair from roots to ends. Leave on hair for 10 minutes at room temperature. Rinse thoroughly from hair.


  • Wet, emulsify, rinse and shampoo twice with INOA Post-Color Shampoo.
  • Condition and lock in the color with Powerdose Color A-OX

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