Among these three hair colours – blonde, brown and red – the last is the trick­i­est to get right re­gard­less of how good your colourist is. Schwarzkopf Pro­fes­sional’s so­lu­tion: a mixer that con­trols the tone bet­ter.

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Schwarzkopf Pro­fes­sional makes red hair colour eas­ier to mix.

Why is red such a pain even in the hands of a skilled colourist? “Un­like blonde and brown, red has more com­plex un­der­tones like pur­ple and cop­per. So, a colourist needs to mix sev­eral shades to get the re­sult he or she wants,” says Steven Chan, Schwarzkopf Pro­fes­sional’s ed­u­ca­tion man­ager. “More mix­ing means more room for er­ror.”

To help colourists do this tricky job bet­ter, the Ger­man hair brand has in­tro­duced Igora #Roy­al­takeover Pastelfier, a mixer that di­lutes pig­ment con­cen­tra­tion and tone with­out ad­di­tional bleach (nor­mally, the brighter or lighter the colour, the more bleach needs to be used). It was de­vel­oped for Schwarzkopf Pro­fes­sional’s 120th an­niver­sary Dusted Rouge col­lec­tion, an en­tire spec­trum of reds, from barely-there to deep vin­tage tones.

“The Pastelfier also adds ex­tra ‘lift’ for more high-def­i­ni­tion colour,” Chan says. This means the red is more Merida from

Brave than Ariel from The Lit­tle Mer­maid.

– KT

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