Color How-To: Parisian Grey

(davines parisian blue)

Tom Connell released his first collection as art director of Davines, called The Eternals, to showcase the possibilities with new tone-on-tone color line View. "Our aim for this shoot was to create a collection of unique cuts and colors which that are both stimulating and useful for the hairdresser," Connell said. "What we aim to do is provide a service, to create concepts for people to take back to their salons, to use, adapt and develop in their own style, to train their staff, to excite and interest their clients, better improve their business and in-turn improve their lives. That’s what I believe the whole process of creating a collection like this should be about."

Below, he shares how to achieve the Parisian Grey look.



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On natural level 6


1:2 30g bleaching powder + 60g Activator 20-vol.

B 1:1:2 30g bleaching powder + 30g The Century of Light Tolerance Oil + 60g Activator 20-vol.

C 1:1 25g View Steel + 25g View Charcoal + 50g Activator 10-vol.



  1. Section the hair into fours with a cross parting.
  2. Begin to apply Formula A to mid-lengths and ends in the right-hand side of the nape taking fine horizontal sections avoiding 1cm of the root area. When the back area is complete move to the left side and continue with fine horizontal sections until both sides are complete.
  3. When mid-lengths and ends achieve three levels of lift, apply Formula B to the root area. Repeat the same application used for mid-length and ends. Process for 40 minutes or until a level 9, light yellow, is achieved. To remove, use silver shampoo and conditioner.
  4. Dry the hair and with a full head application tone the hair with Formula C. Start in the nape taking horizontal sections. Process for 20 minutes, or until desired silver tone is achieved. Rinse and shampoo.
  5. Take a section from the crown to the back of the ears. From the temple take a horizontal section to join the previous vertical parting behind the ear. Comb the sides back away from the face and secure with a sectioning clip.
  6. Take a horizontal section through the top of the head and elevate at 90 degrees. Blunt cut on a horizontal line with approximately 6cm length. Continue to move forward with the same sectioning and elevation, maintaining a consistent length. As you approach the front recession area, begin to over-direct the hair backwards to increase the length into the fringe.
  7. Move to the right side and take a diagonal backward section parallel to the side hairline. Take sections at 90 degrees and cut to approximately 2cm length. Ensure fingers are parallel to the section. Continue towards the back of the head with parallel sections, ensure both the elevation and distribution of the hair remains consistent. Maintain the angle of the section, once the back of the ear is reached extend the section down into the nape and continue to center back.
  8. Repeat the same procedure on the opposite side, when complete cross-check throughout both back and sides horizontally. *NOTE: At this point, not to alter the shape of the haircut, remove only small amounts of hair to refine the ends. Refine the hairline and soften the graduation with a scissor over comb technique, use thinning scissors to remove weight and ensure top is thoroughly blended with the sides. Take vertical sections around front hairline to remove any corners to ensure the layering flows seamlessly into the fringe.
  9. Wrap dry the hair with a paddle brush after applying oil and use More Inside Shimmering Mist throughout the head for additional shine and to enhance the metallic color.