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How to use a colour corrector / intensifier as a fashion colour

You give your client the colour chart and you see that she is aiming in the direction of the correctors on the chart going absolutely crazy about the amazing vibrant “fashion colours”.  And inside of your mind you are screaming … Nooooo! … Please don’t! … Please choose another colour!

Oh the agony….

Then she puts her finger on that intense violet and says: “I want this”.  So with your amazing Colgate smile you try to the best of your ability to explain to her that it is not a fashion colour and it’s not supposed to be used on its own and that you will not be able to get her hair that colour, etc. etc. etc.

Sigh …

Now we know that correctors are mainly used for intensifying a colour by mixing it with the colour, or to do a colour correction by adding the contrasting colour to neutralize unwanted undertones.  But who has not tried using a corrector / intensifier on its own only to feel betrayed when it only lasts 2 or 3 washes, wishing that it could last longer.  So what if there was a way?

If you have pre-lightened hair and want to apply a vibrant colour, and have it last longer, try mixing it with a level 10 colour that already has that corrector’s undertone. For example… using Inebrya’s 10/11(has a blue undertone) with the blue corrector will give you a vibrant blue that will last longer because there is more pigment that can penetrate the hair with the blue corrector to give you that intense blue colour.  That will make the colour last longer. Or try Inebrya’s 10/22 (has a violet undertone) with the violet corrector for that intense violet.

If used by itself, the mixing ratio for the corrector is 1:2.

For use as a colour correction or intensifier add up to ¼ corrector / intensifier to the prepared color mix (normal ratio 1:1.5) without adding extra developer.

When used as a “fashion colour” mix the corrector / intensifier 1:1 with the base colour and add 1.5 times developer to the total colour mixture.

Remember the correctors are there to intensify or neutralize, so tell your client that it is not a permanent colour on its own and that she will still get fading, but with this mixture it will last longer.

So remember to breathe, inform your clients and do what you know best to do……