How-To: Oil Slick Hair Color

Brunette clients will love this glossy oil-slick hue. With purple, blue and green tones weaved throughout a chestnut base, it’s the perfect way to add a pop of color, or transition clients to a darker winter shade. Demonstrating is hairstylist KL Christofferson (@MermicornHair), who uses her signature tabletop hair-painting technique called “fluid hair-painting” to create the dimensional look, alongside Hairstylist Carly Jo Wallis (@TheVelvetKitty).

Get The Look:


Prep: Pravana Artificial Hair Color Extractor

Lift: Pravana Pure Light Balayage Lightener + Pravana Pure Light Activator in High

Base color: Pravana Chromasilk 8.34 + 5.7

Compound colors: Pravana Vivid Jewels in Emerald, Blue Topaz and Amethyst


  1. Begin by using the prep formula to remove previous color.
  2. Clip the hair in the back of the crown using triangular sections. Leave the front and nape out.
  3. Position your client with their head lying on a tabletop surface (placing a towel underneath their neck for comfort) to start your fluid hair-painting technique. Spread the sections let out at the nape onto the table.
  4. Working from the nape up the head, add dimension by painting the lift formula onto the entirety of some sections. For pieces that are not being balayaged, apply the base color from roots to ends. For the other sections, add the lift formula from scalp to mid-shaft and the base color from mid-lengths to ends.
  5. Leave to process until desired lightness is achieved. Wash and prime the hair by using a Pravana Silk Degrees Shine Treatment.
  6. Use the fluid hair-painting technique, and apply the compound colors, varying them throughout the bottom layers. For the back of the crown, apply thicker sections. For the top of the head, apply base color. Finish by creating fine sections of the compound color throughout the fringe area.
  7. Leave to process for 20-30 minutes at room temperature and rinse with cool water. Follow with Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids Color Protect.

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