Radiant Red Color by Eufora

Create a glowing redhead thanks to this how-to from Eufora's educators.

Hair: Joanne Rempel and Peter Brokt for Eufora
Hair: Joanne Rempel and Peter Brokt for Eufora
Photography: Wendy Hope

As a colorist, mastering red color is one thing; making that color pop is a different story!

"Reds can be tricky as they often lack vibrancy and shine; so what is the secret to long-lasting, vibrant reds? At Eufora, every fire-engine red must get a glossy coat of Artisan Red Rose to seal in lasting vibrancy," says EuforaColor brand manager Doug Smith. "Fuschia red tones will shine brighter with a pearl of Artisan Pink Peony added into the Red Rose base, and red violets become vixen-like when a drop of Artisan Purple Iris is blended into the formula. Customizing every red to the ideal tone gives colorists the power to create a personal artistic signature that cannot be replicated by anyone else."

Red Color How-To by EuforaColor trainers Joanne Rempel and Peter Brokt, taken from a Eufora photo shoot:

Step 1: Pre-lighten hair. 

Lightening Formula: 

  • Equal parts: AloeLite Blue Bleaching Powder and AloeLite Cream Lightener 
  • EuforaColor Universal Cream Developer - 20 Volume (6 %) 
  • Mix at a 1:2 mixing ratio. 
  • 1 pump COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL ADDITIVE - Step 1, for every 30 grams of mixed lightener. Mix and apply. (NOTE: If using 30 to 40 Volume developer, add 2 pumps for every 30 grams of mixed lightener.)
  • Lift to Level 7. Rinse and cleanse hair with shampoo of choice. DO NOT CONDITION. Apply Eufora Fortifi Keratin Repair to balance porosity and rough-dry hair about 80%. 

Step 2: Create a dimensional red by custom-blending a formula for the base, mids/ends and a few lowlights at the fringe and edges. 

Color Formula 1: Base/Root Area 

  • 20 grams Low Ammonia 5.66/5RR Light Intense Red Brown 
  • 20 grams Low Ammonia 7.6/7R Medium Red Blonde 
  • 20 grams No Ammonia 6.6/6R Dark Red Blonde 
  • 10 grams Red Intensifier 
  • Thoroughly mix color in bowl BEFORE adding developer. 
  • 110 grams Universal Cream Developer - 15 Volume (4.5%) 
  • 6 pumps COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL ADDITIVE - Step 1 

Thoroughly mix and apply Formula 1 to base and "smudge" out about 2 inches.

Color Formula 2: Mids/Ends 

  • 10 grams Low Ammonia 5.6/5R Light Red Brown 
  • 20 grams Low Ammonia 7.6/7R Medium Red Blonde 
  • 10 grams Red Intensifier 
  • Thoroughly mix color in bowl BEFORE adding developer. 
  • 100 grams Universal Cream Developer - 20 Volume (6%) 
  • 5 pumps COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL ADDITIVE - Step 1 

Thoroughly mix and apply Formula 2 to mids and ends ("smudge" into base between fingers to create a dimensional shift from one to the other). 

Color Formula 3: Dimensional Lowlights 

  • 20 grams No Ammonia 1.0/1N Black 
  • 30 grams Universal Cream Developer - 10 Volume (3%) 
  • 1.5 pumps COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL ADDITIVE - Step 1 

Create a wide weave foil on either side of the fringe (near the parietal ridgeunderneath top ⅓ of fringe for subtlety), then create three diagonal slice foils at the side of the ear. Place two diagonal slices ¼" above the back/bottom hairline (below the occipital bone). Once all foils are placed, process the entire application for 25 minutes. Thoroughly rinse and cleanse with shampoo of choice. DO NOT CONDITION. Dry 100%. 

STEP 3: Create the pop by "floating" Artisan Direct Dye over the hair. 

Artisan Float Formula: 

  • 150 grams Artisan Red Rose 
  • 5 grams Artisan Purple Iris 
  • 5 pumps COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL ADDITIVE - Step 1 

Apply the Artisan Float Formula globally and process for 30 minutes. Rinse hair until water runs clear and seal with COLOR ELIXIR PROFESSIONAL SEALER - Step 2 , allowing to penetrate for 7 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and style as desired. 

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