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Want to Know the Best Kept Secret in Salon Hair Color?

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret...make that a BIG secret. Because this is the secret to getting professionally gorgeous, shiny hair color, the kind most people think you can only get in a salon. And you can actually do this yourself at home. So what’s the secret?  The Perfect Pair.

What Is The Perfect Pair?

We call it The Perfect Pair, but it’s really just using permanent color + a semi-permanent gloss together. Shhh...this is the salon-secret system for rich, shiny, healthy-looking hair color. But let’s back up a bit.

Why Do You Need Both Color and Gloss?

Professional colorists know that you shouldn’t apply permanent hair color all over your hair every time you color. Doing that will eventually make your hair color turn too dark and dull, which can be a common complaint for people who color their hair at home. What you may not realize is that when you get your color done in a salon, you most likely aren’t getting the same permanent color applied all over your hair every single time you have an appointment. Instead, your colorist usually applies permanent color only at your roots and your re-growth. Then your colorist will apply a semi-permanent color to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to refresh your color without over-darkening it or causing color build up. This is all just part of getting your hair colored at a salon, so if you color at home, you think you should be getting the same result using just permanent hair color. Every time. All over your head. But you really shouldn’t be doing that.

It was an a-ha moment for us, when we realized that not everyone who colors her hair at home knows this, that the whole color + gloss thing has been a bit of a salon secret. So we decided to shout it from the rooftops. THE PERFECT PAIR! It’s gorgeous...and incredibly easy to do yourself at home.

How Do You Use Color and Gloss Together?

Here’s how you use the buddy system. First, mix your permanent Radiant Cream Color and begin applying to your roots and new growth. Work your way through your roots in rows about ¼” apart, one section at a time. When you are done applying your permanent color, start your timer for processing, then begin applying the gloss.

Color Reviving Gloss requires no mixing, but you want to rinse any permanent color off your gloves to open the tube. Then simply apply the gloss to your mid-lengths and ends, starting where you stopped coloring your roots. Work one section at a time. If you get gloss on your roots, don’t worry. The gloss will not affect the permanent color. Massage the gloss down the entire length of your hair to the ends. Use a wide-tooth comb to help distribute it evenly. Then simply put on your processing cap and relax while your color processes.

Pairs Well With...a Tip

The Perfect Pair results in seriously shiny, healthy-looking hair color, but one of our favorite parts is the tip. As in, you tip yourself. 20%? 25%? We suggest being quite generous, because by using both color and gloss at home, you have given yourself gorgeous, professional-level hair color, no appointment necessary.

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