On the surface, terracotta translated to hair is copper, but with a slight red undertone. By introducing a mahogany into the copper formula, this will add a beautiful, muted depth that sets off this colour.
This particular transformation was a BIG ONE! Years of black box dye had to go and during this process, (with no surprise to anyone I’m sure!) we were left with copper! So, when formulating I wasn’t looking to add anymore copper. The main body of the formula was L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Majirel 7.35+ 6.35. I added a super small amount of 8.34 + 6.45 just to make sure the colour was going to pop.
Ultimately I was looking to achieve something close to a .45, but it’s super important to look at what you’re working with. Had I used my desired shade, I would have been left with a .4445 and that all important reddish undertone would have been lost!
For any client that has an olive or darker skin tone and wants to step into the copper/auburn world, this kind of palette works beautifully, as there’s more depth to it than a true copper.
- First of all, I gave a super in-depth colour consultation prior to the appointment to assess what the possibilities were. During this appointment, I took two strand tests so I could try two different options of colour removal.
- On the appointment day, we started the process with a deep cleanse using L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Effasor and 30vol, before treating the hair with INNOluxe.
- Once this had processed for an hour, I rinsed and used pre-lightener + 20 vol to give a little encouragement to the more stubborn ends (we’re talking years of box dye here!)
- Next, I dried the hair and formulated the final shade. I decided on:
Roots (natural) – 30g 7.35 + 30g 6.34 + 15g 6.45 + 30vol
Mids and Ends – 30g 7.35 + 30g 6.35 + 10g 8.34 + 10g 6.45 + 12vol
- After application, rinsing and drying, I styled the hair with a loose wave to finish.