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Mad about metallics

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Metallics uncovered! Here TIGI colour specialist, Kerrie O’Reilly, shares her favourite toning formulas and secrets to creating metallic shades. Due to a fully intermixable range, there’s no need for pre-formulated metallic colours. You can create these on-trend hues with the existing portfolio.

MetallicsDon’t be afraid to simplify

“Just because you want to achieve something creative, doesn’t mean you need to mix numerous shades together. Many clients are keen to experiment with their colour these days and metallic shades are an excellent way to inspire clients,” explains Kerry.

With the TIGI Copyright Colour range, you can create infinite shades and achieve beautiful, bespoke results for every client. As the range is fully intermixable, it helps you save space in the salon and fuels your creativity.

Correct undertone

Ensure that you always achieve the correct undertone. If you want to achieve a silver metallic tone, ensure you first lift the hair to a level ten to get a very pale yellow. If this isn’t achieved, applying a cool shade will work to neutralise the warmer reflect from darker undertones rather than enhancing your fashion shade.

MetallicsWorking with contrast

Don’t be afraid of working with levels on either end of the spectrum. For example, if you want to create a deep slate shade, think about using higher levels to neutralise your lighter canvas and small amounts of deeper colours to create drama.

Visualise dropping a dot of black paint into white paint; it will create a light grey colour. The more black you add, the deeper and more intense the grey will become. For example: Mixing 50g Gloss 10/28 + 3g Gloss 3/0 on the level of a ten will create a smokey grey tone.


Think of the hair as your creative canvas. Firstly, think about how you need to neutralise and secondly, what you need to add. For example, if you are working on a very pale yellow, and want to create a very light silver, the first step is to neutralise the unwanted yellow hue using violet, and then to incorporate a silver tone (e.g. to create a calibrated ash apply Gloss 10/28).


Just because you want to achieve something creative, doesn’t mean you need to mix lots of shades together. Sometimes keeping it simple is the most effective way. In fact, if you use too many different shades, it can create a tertiary colour.

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