Hair Color How To: Marbled Ombré by Neal Malek


Orlando, FL based stylist Neal Malek recently created this gorgeous, multi-dimensional hair color for his client. Says Neal, "I call this technique a 'marbled ombré' because it gives a marbled look through the transitions of the colors. There are 3-4 colors used in this technique, including the base, and I love to use it when I'm using vibrant colors!" Recreate the look with Neal's how-to, below!

Get the Look:

Says Neal, "In this case, my client had 6-month-old, faded, brown color and was the perfect candidate for this technique because [the hair] was light enough already to where I didn't have to bleach it. I used Redken Chromatics for the entire thing."

A: Base - 4Vv with 20 vol.
B: Marbled Ombré Colors - 6Vr with 30 vol.
C: 7Gr with 30 vol.

1. Says Neal, "I started the color by doing a deep retouch with the 4Vv and 20 vol. I took this particular base color down to about the parietal ridge because I wanted a higher ombré.

2. "In two separate bowls mix Formula B and C.

3. "Taking horizontal sections and a foil, apply Formula B on the top right and the bottom left of the foil. Then apply Formula C on the top left and the bottom right of the foil (they should make an X almost). Once they are separately put on the foil, blur them together with a clean brush or a Redken Blur Brush (which is what I used).

4. "Take another horizontal section directly above the last section and repeat the last step but alternate the placement of the formulas.

5. "Do this all around the head in horizontal sections, making sure the base is melted into the ombré transition in each section."  

  Neal's Tips:
"You can also use this technique for vivid formulas. I love it because it gives me a way to make my reds, my coppers and my violet reds more dimensional. Rather than just doing an all-over color, why not do this?! I feel like color is such a great medium to change someone's self esteem. I feel like I have the opportunity to help someone feel beautiful every time I color their hair!"

For more from Neal, follow him on Instagram @nealmalekhair.

[Images courtesy of Neal Malek]

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