In the cult classic film The Fifth Element, starring Mila Jovovich, air, fire, water, earth and love make up the five elements. Inspired by the film, and by its strong themes, Joico guest artist Chad Demchuk decided to create a collection that represented each element individually while still maintaining a strong correlation between them.
With fashion styling by Keith Bryce that aimed to emulate Jean Paul Gaultier's original film costume design, Demchuk's collection gorgeously recreates the feel of the film. From masculine and edgy to pixie and demure, "The Fifth Element" stylishly embodies a sense of effortless power and grace.
Click through to see each look from the collection, as well as get tips and techniques for recreating the styles.
Cut and Style:
The cut is a long, layered, squared-off shape that is both masculine and versatile. To achieve the finished look, Demchuk instructed the model to flip his head over, then Demchuk sprayed the lengths with Joico I.C.E. Spiker Blast. “[The model] lifted his head up slowly and that was the shape!” laughs Demchuk.
Natural Level: 8
Prelighten: Joico VeroLight Lightening Powder + 10-Volume Veroxide
Base Formula: Joico Vero K-PAK Color CCV Violet Corrector + 10-Volume Veroxide
Accent 1: Joico Color Intensity 7/8 oz. Clear + 1/8 oz. Indigo
Accent 2: Joico Vero K-PAK Color ¾ oz. TSB Silver Blonde + ¼ oz. INB Royal Blue Intensifier + 1 oz. 10-Volume Veroxide
Accent 3: Joico Vero K-PAK Color ½ oz. INS Silver Intensifier + ½ oz. Age Defy Clear + 10-Volume Veroxide
Cut and Style:
Long hair takes on an edge thanks to a closely-cropped undercut. After fine-tuning the crop, Demchuk created three horizontal lines within the crop to “ground” the shape. The lengths were shaped with a medium vertical layer cut. To create the “blooming,” erratic texture, Demchuk applied Joico Smooth Cure Leave-In Rescue Treatment to damp hair before blow drying. Once strands were dry, he misted with Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Protectant and used a micro-crimping iron to crimp the lengths. He gathered the back into a French twist, backcombed the top, misted the hair with Spiker Blast and molded the final shape with his hands.
Natural Level: 5
Prelighten: Joico VeroLight Lightening Powder + 20-Volume Veroxide
Scalp to midlengths: Joico Vero K-PAK Color 2 oz. 4RV Red Claret + 1 inch ribbon 1N Black + 10-Volume Veroxide
Ombré ends #1: Joico Vero K-PAK Color ¾ oz. 5XR Crimson + ¼ oz. 7XR Scarlet + 10-Volume Veroxide
Ombré ends #2 (alternate ombré formulas 1 and 2): Joico Vero K-PAK Color 1 oz. 7FOR Copper Flame + 1 oz. 10-Volume Veroxide
Cut and Styles:
The temple area of this round, pixie cut was etched with a trimmer to pull focus to the model’s beautiful eyes. To create the soft finish, Demchuk applied Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil to damp hair and wrap-dried strands with a Denman-style brush. For the textured option, he applied Joico Matte Grip Texture Grip Creme roots to ends, followed by Joico Texture Boost Dry Wax Spray through the hair lengths and finishing with Joico K-PAK Protective Hairspray to lock in the shape.
Existing Level: 4 with Level 9 highlights
Prelighten (back to back slices throughout the top): Joico VeroLight Lightening Powder + 20-Volume Veroxide
Base: Joico Vero K-PAK Color 2 oz. RM5 Burmese Ruby + 1 inch ribbon V4 Passion Fruit + 2 oz. 10-volume Veroxide
Accent 1: Joico Color Intensity ½ oz. Clear + ½ oz. Cobalt Blue
Accent 2: Joico Color Intensity Indigo
Accent 3: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome 1 oz. RO Really Orange + 2 oz. Vero K-PAK Chrome Activator
Accent 4: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome 1 oz. RRV Really Red Violet + 2 oz. Vero K-PAK Chrome Activator
Cut and Style:
A modern, asymmetric bob is invigorated with a strong fringe and heavy point-cutting for texture. To style, Demchuk applied a cocktail of Joico Body Luxe Volumizing Elixir and Power Whip Whipped Foam to damp hair and dried with a round brush, encouraging lift and volume and layering the hair with additional Joico Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax as he worked. Once hair was dry, he tipped the head forward, applied Joico I.C.E. Spiker Blast and scrunched the hair with his hands.
Natural Level: 8
Prelighten (back to back foil slices): VeroLight Lightening Powder + 10-Volume Veroxide
Base: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome ½ RC6 Copper Mind + ½ RC8 Orange Crush
Accent 1: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome ½ oz. G9 Spun Gold + ¼ oz. RC8 Orange Crush
Accent 2: Joico Color Intensity 7/8 Clear + 1/8 Pink
Accent 3: Joico Vero K-PAK Color 7FOR Copper Flame + 10-Volume Veroxide
Accent 4: Joico Color Intensity ½ Clear + ½ Pink
This frothy, buoyant declaration of love was created by misting pre-colored synthetic hair with Joico I.C.E. Spiker Blast, and placing the hair into a hair net to create the desired, heart shape. Demchuk then placed the shape onto the model’s head, snipped off the net, attached the pink “ribbons” with pins and locked in the look with more Spiker Blast.
Hair cut, color and style: Chad Demchuk, assisted by Lynda Ross
Photography: Keith Bryce
Makeup: Alexis Ellen
Styling: Keith Bryce