Hair Color Info
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It is important to remember when using a shampoo tint that there is no lightening action. Thus, if the patron desires a shade lighter than her natural haircolor, you must pre-bleach before the coloring is applied.

When pre-bleaching, the hair should be made one or two shades lighter than the final color selected. This allows for the additional color that the hair will take on during the coloring process.

Pre-softening is necessary when the patron has extremely resistant hair which is difficult to color. For pre-softening, the bleach is left on for just a few minutes so that little shade change takes place.

Complete instructions on methods of pre-bleaching and pre-softening may be found in Chapter 8 "Bleaching."



  • Take Preliminary Patch and Preliminary Strand tests.
  • Shampoo the hair gently with Clairol Shampoo for Tinted Hair,
    pre-bleaching if necessary. Rinse thoroughly. It is advisable after
    the water rinse to use a Clairol Sylk Rinse to free the hair from
    any remaining soap film or mineral deposit.
  • Towel dry hair. Do not dry completely. It is preferable to apply
    tint to damp hair because:

a. It is easier to part damp hair.

b. Water softens the hair, leaving the cuticle layer open and en­
abling the tint to penetrate faster.

c. Over-porous areas of the hair shaft usually retain more mois­
ture when the hair is not completely dried. This prevents these
areas from absorbing too much color and the tint application
will be more even.


I- Mix 1 bottle (¾ oz.) Salon For­mula with ¾ oz. Clairoxide or Pure White Creme Developer immedi­ ately before starting application.

2. After pre-bleaehing when neces­ sary, shampoo hair thoroughly, rinse with Clairol Sylk and towel dry. Divide hair in four equal sections.

3. Apply tint to three-fourths of strand.

4. Allow color to develop from 10 to 20 minutes.

5. Blend tint by combing it down to the ends of the hair when the color has almost fully developed.

6. Make final test for color to see that color is even from scalp to ends.

7. Rinse tint from hair with warm water and shampoo thoroughly.


Pour 1 bottle (¾ oz.) Clairol Salon Formula into a glass or plastic dish. Add an equal amount ( ¾ oz.) Clairoxide or Pure White Creme Developer.

Do not prepare mixture until you are ready to apply it. It must not be allowed to stand in the dish longer than necessary or the color will develop in the dish rather than on the hair.


  • Divide hair in four equal sections.
  • Apply tint ¾ of the strand, starting at the scalp. Begin apply­
    ing tint mixture at the back of the head. If color at the back de­
    velops before the color on the rest of the head this section may be
    rinsed while the color continues to develop in the other sections.
    However, if the front section is predominantly gray, then applica­
    tion should begin in the front.
  • Allow color to develop from 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Test for color. Strand tests should be made by washing strand with
    warm, soapy water and partially drying. Test frequently.
  • Apply remaining tint to ends and work into a soap cap through­
    out entire head when color begins to develop. Allow color to
    develop until it is even from scalp to ends.
  • Test again for color. If the test shows more development is needed,
    reapply color to test strand and allow tint to remain on hair until
    color has fully developed.
  • Rinse tint from hair with warm water. Shampoo thoroughly with
    Clairol Shampoo for Tinted Hair. Rub scalp as little as possible.


  • Take Preliminary Patch and Strand tests just as you did for the
    virgin head. If you are satisfied with the color used on the previous
    application, use that color. If not, select one which will give the
    result you wish.
  • Shampoo hair, rinse with Clairol Sylk, and towel dry. (Pre-bleach
    new growth if necessary before shampooing.)
  • Prepare tint mixture as for virgin hair.


  • Section hair in four equal parts.
  • Begin application of tint by outlining partings. Start at back of
    head, unless there is a preponderance of gray at the front.
  • Apply tint to new growth only, making partings Y^ inch wide. Be careful not to overlap from the new growth on to the already tinted portion. If this happens, wipe off excess immediately. Failure to do this will develop a line of demarcation.
  • Allow coloring to develop for 5 minutes. Then take a towel or a
    piece of cotton and partially dry the tint at the hairline and temples.
    This will retard color development in these areas which are more
    receptive to tint. Do not be concerned if you still see some gray
    hair. The tint can be reapplied when blending through entire
  • Test for color frequently by making strand test.
  • Comb the tint down the strand for an inch or two when the strand
    test shows color has almost fully developed. Blend to avoid a line
    of demarcation.
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