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Permanent and Semi-Permanent Hair Color Tutorial

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Permanent and semi-permanent hair color are a power couple for keeping color-treated hair vibrant, soft, and shiny. In salons, colorists use this combo to maintain a rich, gorgeous look. Madison Reed gives you everything to become your own expert colorist.

Permanent and Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Radiant Color makes it easy to color like a pro because every shade is made with multiple complementary tones. You’ll get depth and dimension without having to apply highlights and lowlights one at a time.

It’s a simple two-part process to maintain color-treated hair. Apply permanent color to your roots only. Then use semi-permanent Color Reviving Gloss on the rest of your hair—the hair that was colored in the past.

How to apply permanent hair color

  1. Here’s a helpful hint. Before you start, slip on a smock or a button or zip up shirt. It will make cleanup easier.
  2. Divide your hair into four sections and clip into place.
  3. Apply barrier cream to your forehead, ears, and neck. This keeps the color off your skin. Be careful to keep the cream off your hair.
  4. Wash the barrier cream off your hands. Slip on your first pair of gloves.
  5. Fully puncture the COLOR TUBE using the outside end of the cap. Squeeze half the color into a non-metallic bowl.
  6. Open the ACTIVATOR BOTTLE and squeeze half the contents into the bowl.
  7. Close the COLOR TUBE and ACTIVATOR BOTTLE. Do not mix if you are saving for future use!
  8. Use an applicator brush to blend the contents of the bowl into a thick cream, like conditioner.
  9. Unclip one section of hair and apply a small amount of color to your roots. Make sure you only color new hair that has not been color-treated before!
  10. Space the color in rows about ¼ inch apart. Continue coloring the roots in your remaining sections of hair and skip to step 6 of next section if not applying gloss.

How to apply semi permanent hair color

  1. Now it’s time for your mid-lengths and ends. Open your tube of COLOR REVIVING GLOSS and peel foil away from applicator tip.
  2. Starting at the crown of your head, close to where you stopped applying permanent color, apply gloss directly to dry hair.
  3. Use one hand to squeeze out a little gloss at a time with the applicator end of the tube touching your hair. Use the other hand to massage the gloss into strands, working down your hair toward the ends.
  4. Continue applying gloss and working into hair a little at a time. Make sure hair is fully saturated: it will feel completely coated and silky through your gloves and will look shiny and wet.
  5. After you’ve applied to all your lengths and ends, close the tube to save remaining gloss for another use. Use a wide tooth comb or massage with your hands to evenly distribute the gloss.
  6. Slip on the cap to prevent drips and take off your gloves. Use the cleansing wipe to clean up any color that dripped onto your skin.
  7. Set a timer for 35 minutes and relax. You did it!
  8. Rinse your hair until the water runs clear. The easiest way is to get in the shower and let the water loosen the color. Then massage gently while rinsing to help lift excess color off hair and scalp.
  9. Wash your hair and lock in color with Nourishing Color Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner, included in every Radiant Color Kit.

Between coloring sessions, cover the roots that grow in with Root Touch Up. It’s an oil-absorbing power that brushes on dry for instant coverage and lasts until your next shampoo.

That’s it! You have everything you need to color your hair like a pro with Madison Reed.

Get more expert advice and personalized recommendations by building your Hair Profile or calling the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists. They love listening to your hair history and tailoring suggestions to suit your hair and style. At Madison Reed, we love to help people look and feel their very best!



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