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The Colour Wheel

Essential knowledge for any colour expert

Understanding how tones interact with each other is crucial for any colour expert. The colour star shows us how to work with our primary and secondary tones, and also visually explains which shades are warm and cool.

Once we understand the colour star, we move our colourists onto the colour wheel, which involves the primary, secondary and tertiary colours. The three primary colours are found in the centre of the colour wheel. The secondary colours are the result of a mixture of the primary colours, and the tertiary colours are then derived from the secondary colours.

The colour wheel makes it easy to teach colourists, as we can visualise the colours and understand how they interact with each other.

For example, by mixing blue and yellow, we create green. How blue or yellow that green is depends on the proportions of blue and yellow. If a more teal shade is required, then we would add more proportions of blue.

I personally love using this wheel when looking at any type of colour but especially when looking at direct pigment colouring. Understanding the wheel puts colouring hair back into the hands of the colourist.