What you need to know about Kiss Colour

Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s 1907 painting ‘The Kiss’, Jo McKay’s three-shade colouring technique combines seamless blending with pops of contrast. Here’s how it works…

Step one: create a blonde base
Begin by pre-lightening the hair. Starting at nape, apply formula to the root all over the head while working towards the hair line.  Allow a 60 minute development time.

FORMULA: 30g Enlightener Power Lightener + 30g Cream Booster + 60 ml 20 Volume Colour Catalyst.

Step two: tone the lifted shade
Apply a light pastel violet toner to damp hair at the back wash. Allow a five minute development time.

FORMULA: 40g Universal ØN, 5g Pastel Violet, 40g 5 Volume Colour Catalyst.

Step three: apply the three colour formulas in alternating sections to the back of the head
Section hair vertically across the back of the head. Place a foil underneath, paint colour onto the hair and foil and work up entire section from roots to ends. Begin with formula 1 (peach), then use formula 2 (dusty violet) on the next section, followed by formula 3 (pink) on the third section. Repeat across the head as outlined in the diagram and allow a 30 minute development time.

FORMULAS USED: Peach – 20g Clear Demi + 1.5 g Red Demi + 20g 10 Volume Colour Catalyst. Dusty violet – Universal ØN 20g + 8g Pastel Violet + 20g 10 Volume Colour Catalyst. Pink – 20g Extra Lifting Cream + 1g  Pure Violet + 20g 20 Volume Colour Catalyst.

Step four: paint the Kiss Colour section
Take a fine slice from the Kiss Colour section of hair (as detailed on the diagram above) and place formula 1 (peach) at the root. Next, use formula 2 (dusty violet) to paint under the slice and then paint formula 3 (pink) at the top of formula 2. Do not mix the colours together – apply top and bottom and then move on to the next section. Once a section is completed, lay on foil to cover and then repeat on back to back slices with no hair in between. Allow a 30 minute development time.
Step five: Rinse, dry and style
The end result is similar to a fine weave foil effect at the front, where there is a seamless blend between one colour to the next, with no beginning or end. As there are two colours that overlay each other, these melt into one another, yet you can see the different tones. The solid panels of colour at the back create a bolder, colour pop effect.