Get The Look:

Graphic Color

For a look created exclusively for the Sept. 2013 issue of Modern Salon, Deb Gavin applied striking shades of red-violet and pearly copper via diagonal lines that allow for a subtle blending. The modern, tousled hairstyle goes perfectly with the bold, graphic lines of the accompanying fashion.



  • It’s a Blonde Thing
    Keratin Lightening
    System® powder

  • 10 vol. It’s a
    Blonde Thing

  • 20 vol. KeraHold

  • 30 vol. KeraHold

  • KeraHold® 8.6/8R

  • KeraHold 7.62/7RV

  • KeraHold 4.3/4G

  • KeraHold 4.6/4R

  • KeraHold 90.3/11G

  • KeraHold .48/CP

Graphic Color Technique

Starting level: 6

Color Therapy formulations:

Formula A (lightener):
30 mL/1 oz. It’s a Blonde Thing™ Keratin Lightening System® powder
60 mL/2 fl. oz. 10 vol. It’s a Blonde Thing Developer

Formula B (background):
30 mL/1 fl. oz. KeraHold® 8.6/8R
20 mL/.67 fl. oz. KeraHold 7.62/7RV
50 mL/1.7 fl. oz. 20 vol. KeraHold Developer

Formula C (detail 1):
20 mL/.67 fl. oz. KeraHold 4.3/4G
20 mL/.67 fl. oz. KeraHold 4.6/4R
40 mL/1.35 fl. oz. 20 vol. KeraHold Developer

Formula D (detail 2):
10 mL/.33 fl. oz. KeraHold 90.3/11G
30 mL/1 fl. oz. KeraHold .48/CP
40 mL/1.35 fl. oz. 30 vol. KeraHold Developer

  • Step 1

    If needed, cleanse the canvas by applying Formula A, using a Color Therapy Technique Board.

    Note: Start where the hair is deepest, and be sure to stay away from the new growth at the scalp area. Process to level 10 (approximately 5 to 10 minutes), and then shampoo and condition the hair with Keratin Complex® shampoo and conditioner.

  • Step 2

    Section a diamond shape at the top of the head. Create another diamond below it that is about 1 inch wide. From this smaller diamond, create vertical sub-sections to the perimeter.

  • Step 3

    Apply Formula B from scalp to ends in the first diamond section.

  • Step 4

    In the smaller diamond sub-section, take a slice and apply Formula B at the scalp, tilting the brush at a diagonal and then marrying Formula C to the ends. In the next slice, repeat the application, but marrying Formula D to the ends. The third slice should be painted with Formula B from scalp to ends. Finish the sub-section with this pattern.

  • Step 5

    Working on the vertical sub-sections to the perimeter of the head, apply Formula B scalp to ends, alternating Formula C and Formula D in the same manner as step 4. Proceed in this manner around the head, alternating the sub-sections between the three-slice pattern.

  • Step 6

    Process for 35 minutes, and then cleanse and condition with Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner.

  • Tip

    Add a Vitalshot™ to formulas to strengthen and rebuild the bonds of the hair.

Style Support


  • Apply Infusion Keratin Replenisher to damp hair and work through to ends.

  • Apply Lift Off Root Amplifying Styling Gel to the root area.

  • Blow-dry with the HydraDry Dual Ion + Ceramic Professional Smoothing Dryer and a round brush.

  • Use MoldMe Matte Texturizing Cream to add texture, and finish with a spritz of Flex Flow Flexible Shaping Hairspray.



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    Fade-Defy collection

  • Timeless Color
    Fade-Defy Deep
    Conditioning Masque