PRAVANA Step-by-Step: Actress Taraji P. Henson Reveals New Purple-to-Silver Ombre

Actress Taraji P. Henson, known for her roles in Hustle & Flow, Think Like A Man and the hit show Empire, where Henson plays the tough, outspoken Cookie Lyon, revealed her new purple-to-silver ombre, courtesy of celebrity colorist and PRAVANA guest artist Marcia Hamilton. Henson’s bright, stunning new strands were created with PRAVANA VIVIDS hair color, blended to purple perfection with peek-a-boo blue streaks and a gradual fade to silver. Henson sang the praises of her new look, captioning the photo with, “#playingWithColor.”

To recreate Henson’s stormy ombre look, try the below technique using PRAVANA VIVIDS for vibrant, long-lasting color.



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FORMULA 2: Equal parts VIVIDS Clear and VIVIDS PASTELS Luscious Lavender




1. Pre-lighten the hair beneath the occipital from 1-2” off the scalp through the ends to a level 10 using Pure Light Power Lightener with your choice of developer. 

2. Working above the occipital, pre-lighten the hair 1-2” off the scalp through the mid-shaft to a light level 7 and through the ends to a level 10 using Pure Light Power Lightener with your choice of developer. 

3. Starting in the nape, apply Formula 1 from the regrowth to the mid-shaft. Then apply Formula 2 through the ends.

4. In the next section, apply Formula 1 from the regrowth to the mid-shaft. Then, apply Formula 3 through the ends.

5. Working above the occipital, apply Formula 4 to the regrowth to the mid-shaft and alternate Formula 2 and Formula 3 through the ends. 

6. Process 20-30 minutes at room temperature. Rinse with cool water. Shampoo, condition, and protect with VIVIDS Color Protect after care products. Style as desired.

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About: VIVIDS Color Protect aftercare provides all the essential tools to preserve color vitality and vibrancy like no other product available. Specifically formulated to work with the very special cationic dye system employed in VIVIDS and PASTEL colors, VIVIDS Color Protect aftercare works to ensure long-lasting, bright color. For more information visit