Step-by-Step: The Matrix Unicorn Melt

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Taking the vibrant hair color trend to the next level, Matrix colorists came up with an idea to combine two client favorites: pastels and color melting. Drawing on inspiration from ice cream flavors and colors, the colorists dubbed the trend 'Ice Cream Color Melting,' and based on the name alone, we're already big fans. 

Mila Belova (@milabelovahair), Matrix International Artist, found inspiration for her model's hair from bubble gum, but the finished shade "looks like real ice cream and a little bit like a unicorn," says Belova. 

Haircolor Formulas:

Formula A: 1 scoop Light Master & 1 oz. 30 Volume MATRIX Cream Developer & BOND Ultim8 Step 1

Formula B: 1 tube Color Graphics Clear + 3 drops of Blue + 1 drop of Teal

Formula C: 1 tube Color Graphics Clear + 3 drops Yellow

Formula D: 1 tube Color Graphics Clear + 3 drops Magenta

Formula E: 1:1 Color Sync SPN & 10 Volume MATRIX Cream Developer & BOND Ultim8 Step 1

Get The Color:

  1. Section the hair into quadrants.
  2. Starting at the nap nape, using ½ inch sub-sections create a zig-zag parting, place hair on foil. Freehand Formula A feathering ½ inch from scalp through to the ends. Leave hair in-between next section and repeat this step through the entire head.
  3. Process until desired lightness is achieved. Blow dry the hair into quadrants. 
  4. Starting in the nape, create a more exaggerated zig-zag parting than before.
  5. Melt together two formulas by applying Formula C then D. Mastery Point: Always apply your lightest color first melting into your darkest color.
  6. Next you will leave a section of hair in-between. Then you will alternate your formulas in your next section by applying Formula B and D. Visually alternate your placement of melting these formulas as you work up the head until complete.
  7. Apply Formula E to the hair remaining in-between all the foils.
  8. Apply BOND Ultim8 Step 2. Process for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, cleanse & condition with Total Results So Long Damage Shampoo and Conditioner.

About: MATRIX, a leading professional haircare and hair color company in the United States, is part of L’Oreal USA’s Professional Products Division. Matrix was founded in 1980 by the American husband and wife hairdressing team, Arnie and Sydell Miller. Before he founded Matrix, Mr. Miller was a hairdresser for over 20 years. Now, over two decades later, the Millers’ original ideas still stand strong, and Matrix is committed to the development of the salon professional, offering a wide range of haircare, haircolor and texturizing products.