The resulting effect is surprising and the technique used makes balayage and shatush seem like child’s play. The hand pressed color, literally “color pressed with hands “, as its creator defines it, is a revolutionary new hair coloring technique. The resulting effect is surprising and the technique used makes balayage and shatush seem child’s play.
The innovative technique could only have been invented in New York by the head of a well-known chain of hairdressing salons, the Redken of the Big Apple. The inventor is Chiara Marvici , a freelance hairdresser with twenty years of experience who had a bizarre revelatory dream one night last year. The hair stylist dreamed of a painting he had at home in real life, painted by a friend for her some time before. The colors of the same were arranged on a surface: hence the idea of passing colors directly from this to the hair. A very particular technique that quickly became viral. The plexiglass plates are a sight to see before being applied to the hair, they look like art paintings and then the realization is amazing. The result is hypnotic and very particular .
The technique of hand pressed color , or glass dyeing , involves a preparatory phase of the color on plexiglass plates. Here a “painter” takes care of putting colors in a more or less thoughtful way. The colors are arranged with a flatbuki, a brush similar to that for the earth used in cosmetics. The shapes produced on plexiglass are mostly in particular shapes, such as circles, triangles, strips, also different in a single sheet. Once this first phase is complete, the hairdresser, after having carefully brushed the hair, rests strand by strand, in all its length, on the plexiglass . The lock adhering to the paint is pressed with a spatula, to make the hair adhere better to the color and transfer as much color as possible to the hair. The spatula allows the lock of the lock and at the same time mixes the colors, for a perfect shade. Each strand must be saturated with fused colors .
The result is extremely particular, a hypnotic coloring. The effect of the hair shows changing reflections. The technique is in fact similar to a screen printing: the difference is that the shape given to the colors does not reproduce, and must not, faithfully on the hair. The design on the plexiglass basically outlines only the desired chromatic mixture. For now the hand pressed color is still applied only in the United States (Mervici is turning to the States to educate all hairdressers), but it is very likely that it will land soon in Italy. Given the beautiful and multifaceted result this will happen soon and it will certainly be worth a try.
The application still proceeds by dividing the head in half, right and left. It starts from the lower part of the head, from the nape, then the hair must be stopped with pliers. Each strand made, will rest on the underlying, no maps or anything else is used. Once all the hair is passed in this way, we proceed with the normal exposure time, washing and normal drying. The technique is decidedly different from those used up to now, certainly more artistic and equally effective for a result full of movement.
Colors and shades
The colors can be more or less flashy and particular, even with very different tones. The technique is done on blond hair, using chestnut and blond tones, on browns with particular shades of red and copper and on blacks with shades violet and blue. The nuances must be chosen carefully, based on the base color, the complexion of the skin and the features of the face. The right mix of colors will give amazing results .
Before applying the color with the plexiglass plate, if the base color is very different from the chosen tones, the roots are first colored with a classic technique, with the brush. If the technique is done only to give reflexes on the lengths it is not necessary to do this step. As a rule, 2-3 colors at most are chosen. The technique is a mix of dyes or reflections, for this reason it is also perfect for covering some white hair. A perfect mix of colors in harmony, for a super glossy hair. The more than natural effect is dynamic and multifaceted .