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Color Correction: Hard Lines to Soft Melt

Maggie Mulhern | November 7, 2018 | 5:08 AM
Color correction by Savannah Cochran, @savannahcochran.

Atlanta based Savannah Cochran (@savannahcochran) had quite the challenge from her first time client who had permanent black lowlights and thick, sliced highlights that had been lifted to a brassy level 7-8. “She had relatively mild breakage from her previous highlights,” says Cochran. "This was a serious color correction.”

STEP 1: Pre-cut the hair, removing about three inches in the back and adding traditional square layer throughout “because it all needed to make sense.”

STEP 2: Begin the color at the nape. Backcomb  fine sections in a bricklayer pattern (one on each side diagonally and one in the middle vertically) working from a top center parting to avoid any harsh lines. Every foil was placed diagonally for a soft blend. Apply Paul Mitchell  Synchro and 10 volume all over. Process under medium heat for 15 minutes. Rinse the back.

STEP 3: Place back under heat for an additional 30 minutes. Rinse.

STEP 4: Pre-tone the hair using Paul Mitchell The Demi  2 oz 9V + 2 oz 9bv and 4 oz processing liquid. Process for 10 minutes and then rinse.

STEP 5: Shadow root using Paul Mitchell The Demi 2 oz 6bv + 1 oz 5n + 2 caps of 1n + 3 1/2 processing liquid. Process for 20 minutes. Rinse.

STEP 6: Tone with Joico Vero K-Pak Chrome demi perm B9 + V9 with 5 volume. Process for 20 minutes at room temperature.

STEP 7: Blow dry and style with a CHI 1” LAVA flat iron.

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