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How To: Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye

Tiger Eye


Tiger Eye, a gorgeous, rock-inspired hair color trend, is a new form of balayage for darker bases that features darker roots fading into lighter ends. The look offers a mix of bronze, gold and dark brown highlights and lowlights and is defined by deep, warm caramel colors.

While the trend is best applied on dark hair, it doesn't mean that it can't brighten up medium bases as well. Depending on your client’s undertones, you will be able to determine which blend of highlights or lowlights is best. From there, you can create a truly customized look.

The Tiger Eye hair color trend requires less maintenance than traditional highlights because there is no line of demarcation. It is concentrated on the lower part of the hair, so the roots remain completely untouched.

Download the Tiger Eye Formula and Technique Reference Card

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    FORMULA 1


    With Formula 1, start at the hairline on the front with very thin stitched sections PRO TIP: Release the first ½ inch of hair to create a soft veil. Apply 4 to 6 foils on the facial hairline depending on the quantity of hair.

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    FORMULA 1


    Repeat on both sides (4 to 6 foils on each side depending on the quantity and the parting of the hair)

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    FORMULA 1


    Finish the crown area (4-6 foils) PRO TIP: Make sure the stitches are very thin. PRO TIP: Saturate the foils with enough product for a lighter result.

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    FORMULA 2


    Balayage the hairline to bring brightness to the color and make the foiled pieces flow together with the mid-lengths and ends. Randomly select a section on the natural fall of the hair from the hairline. Gently backcomb from mid-lengths to regrowth. Take a V-Shape section. Using Formula 2, apply to create more light on the mid-lengths and ends.

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    FORMULA 2


    Brush upwards to blend the product and create a softer effect. Do the same on both sides of the face with 1 or 2 sections depending on hair thickness. Let it process between 15 and 30 minutes.

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    FORMULA 3

    Demi-Permanent
    DIA

    Gloss with Formula 3. Process up to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

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    SMARTBOND TREATMENT

    APPLICATION


    Smartbond

    On towel-dried hair, apply 4-8 pumps of L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond Step 2 Pre Shampoo from regrowth to ends. Process 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly from hair.

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    POWERMIX TREATMENT

    APPLICATION

    Treatment
    Powermix Treatments

    Recommended treatment: L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Powermix Color.

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Tiger Eye Inspiration Shades

  • .INOA 8.31 Light blonde with intense gold and subtle ash reflects

  • .INOA 6.23 Dark blonde with gold & iridescent glow

  • .INOA 5.8 Light brown with mocha reflects for a perfect chocolate finish

  • .INOA 5.12 Light brown with cool reflects for a perfect chocolate finish

  • .DIA Light 8.23 Perfect light violet blonde combined with golden radiance

  • .INOA 7.23 Perfect violet blonde combined with golden radiance