We have teamed up with Chatswood based salon Luc Espace to show you how to use your Refoil pre-cuts medium to create perfect, melt-in-your-mouth colour. First things first, what is colour melting? Colour melting is a way of blending lighter and darker tints together with a client’s natural colour to create beautiful, softly falling shades. This technique requires slicing on a diagonal sectioning pattern, zig-zagging all sections to make sure the colour changes gently. The slices of colour are feathered away from the head, starting midway down the hair shaft. Towards the front, the darker colour melts subtly into the lighter colour, giving a lovely, natural variation to the hair. It’s suitable for anyone with hair that is shoulder-length or longer. 

1. Section the hair

Colour melting tutorial

Start by dividing the hair into six neat and balanced sections. First, using a tail comb and zig-zag partings, make a centre parting or use the client’s natural parting to divide the hair centrally from the top of the head all the way through to the neckline. Next, find the occipital bone and zig-zag part the hair below this level from centre to the right, then centre to left. This will create sections 1 and 2. Create a horseshoe section, zig-zagging along the right parietal ridge to the back just below the crown. Repeat on the left side to create sections 3 and 4 and leave the remaining sections, 5 and 6, on the top.   2. Sections 1 and 2

colour melting tutorial

Starting at the hairline, take a diagonal zig-zagged slice and apply a colourless product to three inches of the hair mid-way down the slice. Leave one inch and apply your desired colour to the rest of the slice. Then, using a clean tint brush, melt the colour up into the colourless product. This will ensure the colour is feathered and diffused. Wrap that slice of hair in Refoil colouring foil and continue taking slices through the section, making sure you keep your melting varied and all foils on a diagonal. Ensure, also, that you fully saturate all your slices with colour. Repeat this process for section 2. 3. Sections 3 and 4 Refoil colour melting tutorial

Again starting at the hairline, take a diagonal zig-zagged slice from section 3 and apply a colourless product to three inches of the hair mid-way down the hair shaft. Leave an inch and apply your desired colour to the next part of the hair, then leave another inch and apply a lighter colour to the rest of the slice. Use a clean tint brush to melt the lighter colour up into the darker colour before using another clean brush to melt the darker colour up into the colourless product. Continue making more slices, melting the colourless product and the darker and lighter colours together, to a point just past the ear. Once past the ear, go back to using the darker colour only, as with sections 1 and 2. Repeat on the left section. For long hair, use the Refoil catering heavy duty, which allows you to custom-cut your foils to the exact size you need.

4. Section 5 + 6

Continue the same process for the final two sections, taking diagonal slices and melting the colourless product and the two colours together before wrapping in Refoil. Again, when you have reached a point level with the ear, use the colourless product and darker colour only.

5. Process colour

Finally, develop the colour according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and know that by using and recycling Refoil’s aluminium foils, you are helping to end the waste of more than a million kilos of virgin aluminium sent to landfill by Australian hairdressers each year.

6. Finished look

This colour melting tutorial was also featured  in the Australian Instyle Hair Magazine Issue Feb/Mar 2014.