The Best Color for Peacock Hair
Your secret weapon for peacock hair is Color Fresh CREATE; a collection of semi-permanent, ammonia free hair colors that are bold, bright and 100% intermixable. Blend them together to customize your color or sweep them on solo for statement-making pigment. Here are six quick tips to achieve the dreamiest finished look…
1. Pre-Lighten Locks
To ensure bold color really pops, Color Fresh CREATE is best applied to a lighter base. However, peacock hair is usually paired with a dark brunette shade, which means you may need to pre-lighten sections of hair before you apply your blend of blues, greens and purples. Try Blondor Freelights to lift locks, which is ideal for freehand application, allowing you to perfect your balayage technique. Then, make sure you rinse ‘lights thoroughly once developed, so hair is ready for the next, colorful step.
2. Choose Your Hues
Because peacock hair relies on a range of colors, the full Color Fresh CREATE portfolio of 12 shades can be used to perfect this trend. Our go-tos? New Blue, Ultra Purple, Super Petrol, Pure Violet and High Magenta are must-haves, but Uber Gold and Infinite Orange can also be used for a gilded twist. Mix them together or sweep them side-by-side – no developer required.
3. Make it Muted
Peacock hair isn’t typically a muted look, but if your client does want to take the trend a little deeper, try adding the Tonight Dusk additive to your Color Fresh CREATE blends. Less is more, so mix it 20:1, meaning 20 parts the Color Fresh Create mixture to just one part Tonight Dusk. This is enough to shift the tone in a darker direction.
4. Sweep it On
With your tint brush, start sweeping on your Color Fresh CREATE shades in alternating ribbons. It’s important you have at least two colors or blends to work with, but more will make the look even bolder. Try blue and green side-by-side for a two-tone effect, do balayage with a magenta and sapphire, or go all-out by swathing locks in tones of teal, turquoise, violet and fuchsia.
5. Up the Intensity
We recommend allowing your Color Fresh CREATE shades to develop for at least 20 minutes but extending to 30 minutes will give the look even more intensity. And – let’s face it – peacock hair is all about wearing punchy pigments loud and proud, so adding that extra 10 minutes is going to upgrade your results.
6. Embrace the Fade
One of our favorite features of Color Fresh CREATE is its true-to-tone fading. It doesn’t go brassy – the colors simply pastelize over 20 washes, while maintaining the essence of the hue. Note that, because Tonight Dusk has a hint of blue, it will typically fade in the blue direction.