Last week I got to take my first class at Body Works Day Spa and Salon with a representative from Alfaparf. The class started with the representative using a new color formula on our owner. While waiting for her color to set, the representative described the latest products Alfaparf is offering on their product line and also explained hair color theory.
There is a difference between mixing the hair color and creating the hair color. As assistant, I am given a formula and I mix it for the stylist to use on the client. In order to mix the formula I only need to know the ratio between color and developer.
However, if I was told to look at a clients hair color and create a formula I would have no idea what to do; what color to pick or how much to use. That is where the hair color theory comes in. While mixing, I've been wondering how do the hair stylists know what colors and how much I'm supposed to be mixing?
I know this is what cosmetology school is for, but if I have an educated representative right here in the salon why not start learning... it was a crash course.
I learned there are three primary colors when dying hair: blue, red, and yellow... like painting.
There are three secondary colors as well: green, violet, and orange.
These six colors are then classified into warm and cool colors which can be seen on the different ends of the color wheel. The color wheel is key to understanding how to make a color formula.
I still do not know how to create a color quite yet, but I have a better understanding of the color scale.