Color Lab: Blonde Bombshells

Color LabPaul Mitchell lightens up, new products that preserve hair color & why Dennis Bernard should be your new best friend

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Work Smarter

Dennis Bernard TCA2 Assist provides quicker hair color coverage for resistant root and regrowth areas and hairlines. Use it with TCA The Color Accelerator to cut processing time to four to six minutes. What more could a colorist ask?

Blonde Bombshells

Do blondes have more fun?In this latest collection from Paul Mitchell and A Robert Cromeans Salon, they do. Icy platinums astonish and awe; buttery highlights dazzle and thrill. It’s a carnival of creativity with fun-filled looks. “Forty percent of clients who choose to color their hair choose to go blonde,” says Paul Mitchell master associate Stephanie Kocielski. “And blonding clients are incredibly loyal to salons that can keep their blonde hair healthy and fabulous.”  Want to tap into this lucrative market? Kocielski has these tips: Suggest blonding as an option for graying clients; be familiar with a variety of blonding techniques so you can appeal to any type of client; find out how much a client is willing to spend, then recommend a blonding option that suits her profile and needs; and let clients know about their color service options in a fun, exciting manner. For example, ask a caramel brunette how she’d like some “toasty, buttery highlights” or recommend that a rock star regular go “bling bling blonde.” Hey, everyone needs to lighten up.

Preservation Society

Wella introduces Color PreserveMultiple Regimen, four new shampoos and conditioners formulated for specific hair types: Volumizing, Smoothing, Repairing and Hydrating (the original formula). All Color Preserve products are formulated from a specialized blend of moisture-intense vitamin B5, color-preserving molecules and apricot oil, which locks in hair color for long-lasting color intensity and vibrancy. “Clients are always asking if color-preserving shampoos and conditioners work on their hair type,” say Sonya and Christopher Dove, creative directors for Wella USA. “With Color Preserve Multiple Regimen, that question has been answered.”

Boost Color Retention

Colortech is a brand-new professional line of shampoos and conditioners that can help clients retain 92 percent of their hair color for up to four weeks after a service based on two shampoos per week. The secret: unique ECR-92 technology that cross-links color to the hair and locks it in, binding it to the cortex so it cannot be easily washed away. The shampoos contain aloe and other natural humectants plus cocoa and mango butter, while the conditioners contain vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection and chamomile to boost sheen.

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