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This colour theory guide is intended to assist salon educators in their formal training techniques, be given direct to trainees or for qualified experienced hair technicians who would like a refresh!


It was written as a complimentary guide for technicians of all levels of experience who have a formal hairdressing qualification or working towards one.


The goal was to take what I have learnt through my 19+ years in hairdressing specialising in colour and simplify it to give technicians an extra head start in their career and boost their knowledge gained through qualifications. It contains insider knowledge of working in the hair industry which can only come from years of experience working on the salon floor.


I want to simplify the technical knowledge and bridge the gaps between what we are taught on paper and models and translate that to real clients and working practices. I present an in depth run through of how to approach a new client and how to build a personalised formula for yourself they are confident in that gets great results, that leads to great hair!


I have collated all this information into the one place in the hope that you will return to it as a reference guide time and again. I’ve also included tips and activities that will help make your daily experience in the salon easier and make you a more confident hair technician making for a happier you.

Colour Theory and Fomulating for hair colour

  • Contents

    1. Introduction to the colour wheel. 

    2. Example of mapped colour wheel

    3. Printable colour wheel for salon use

    4. Warm and cool colours

    5. Enhancing and neutralising colour

    6. Hair structure and colour

    7. Hair base levels and undertones

    8. Base levels and undertones chart

    9. Lifting and depositing colour

    10. Colour consultation

    11. Putting knowledge into practice in the salon

    12. Printable colour consultation sheet

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