How To: Pantone Pop Art Hair Color
Alison Alhamed |

How To: Pantone Pop Art Hair Color

Learn how colorist Joy Johnson creates a Pantone-inspired, circular hair color effect (+ video!). 

Joy Johnson, a colorist out of HAUS Salon in Minneapolis, handpainted this circular swatch color placement on her model Courtney in a design she calls Pantone Pop Art.

Beginning with a buzzed head with hair 3/8ths of an inch long around the entire head, she pre-lightened the hair, and shampooed with R+Co SUNSET BLVD. Daily Blonde Shampoo, a purple-tinted shampoo that eliminates brassy tones while it cleanses. She then blowdried the hair prior to applying the secondary colors.

“The hair must be dry for even saturation and deposit,” Johnson says.

She then created eight custom shades with direct-deposit color, and freehand painted the shapes using a small makeup brush.

“Once I was finished painting the hair, I put my model under heat—unwrapped—for 15 minutes to allow the product to harden, which helped to prevent the color from bleeding while rinsing,” she says.

She then rinsed with cold water and finished with R+Co BLEU De Luxe Reparative Conditioner, a rich and repairing transformative daily conditioner that gives hair a power dose of hydration, shine and strength.

"Voila!" she says. "Pantone perfection.”

See more from Johnson by following her on Instagram


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