Color Therapy

In a Flash

Looking for a fast and easy way to build bigger color profits among male clients in your salon? Try Paul Mitchell Artistic Director Stephanie Kocielski's Pour on the Charm technique, which uses Flashback, the new hue from Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color, to balance color and discreetly conceal gray so guys look younger without appearing colored—all in just 10 minutes. "With the process, there's no cap, no foils and no cotton," Kocielski says. "Simply apply the ammonia-free conditioning formula, which lasts four to six weeks and fades gradually, on the hair to achieve the natural-looking, lived-in results that men covet." Kocielski charges double the cost of a haircut for the service at A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego, and her male clients are finding that it's a price worth paying. Says Kocielski, "What man can resist having sexier color that takes 10 years off his look in just 10 minutes?" —K.D.

Scarlet Fever

Red Infinity is the most recent addition to Keune Haircosmetics' Tinta Color collection. The five brilliant red shades are formulated to be especially long-lasting, helpful since red tends to fade faster than other shades. The easy-to-apply formula includes LP 300 Color Stabilizer, which provides maximum binding without staining the scalp, while the Triple Color Protection Technology with Solamer protects the hair from UV damage and fading. The Silk Protein Conditioner repairs damaged hair and leaves it lustrous and smooth. —N.R.

Miley Goes for Gold

George Papanikolas, Joico celebrity colorist at the Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood, CA, recently gave Miley Cyrus an updated look for the cooler seasons. "Miley has a natural ash brown color, so for the fall and winter months, we decided to richen her hair to a deeper auburn shade with golden-copper overtones," says Papanikolas, who also works with Britney Spears, Mila Kunis and Megan Fox. He started with a Joico Vero K-PAK auburn base color and added a few baliaged highlights for dimension. For extra shine, Papanikolas used a blonde glaze. —N.R.


Just because your clients have decided to go gray doesn't mean they don't need your help keeping their silver strands looking good. That's why trichologist Philip Kingsley created Pure Silver Shampoo and Conditioner, which is formulated with violet hues, optical brighteners and hydrolyzed wheat protein to brighten all shades of gray, minimize yellow tones and soften the wiriness associated with hair that has lost its pigment. It also works wonders for lackluster blondes. —L.A.

Healthy Hues

Subtil Botanics is a new 12-shade permanent haircolor line from Phyto that contains between 15 and 81 percent natural pigments derived from tinctorial plant extracts, including Indian wood, Brazil wood, madder, broom and calliopsis. The line, which provides 100 percent gray coverage and luminous shine, is formulated with low concentrations of ammonia (0.76 to 3 percent) and without p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) and resorcin to reduce the risk of allergies. Phyto has also launched Subtil, a complete haircolor range of more than 150 permanent and demipermanent shades, highlight creams, primary colors and color boosters, as well as products like developers, oxidizers and a seven-tone lightening paste. The key botanical ingredient in both lines is Epaline—a natural oil used by Tibetan monks 14 centuries ago as a healing skincare treatment—which calms scalp irritations during the color process.