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The N series and Beyond:


The N series and Beyond:


Created as a source of advise education knowledge skill experience a place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques and anything industry related.

The N series and Beyond: Some colourist say “rules are made for breaking”  Hum! Ego! is alive and well. I say ” understand and trust the colour wheel” it works ! When we think about hair colour when we pull out that shade chart whether it be to refer to it or in some cases drop it in a clients lap and say what colour do you want today!!![ you may be smiling it happens]

How often do you consider what you want from that colour that tube of pigment.

The N series is designed for what? to give you a natural looking base shade and cover Grey hair, it can be applied to go darker or lighter given the formulation you choose and considering the working environment and your end goal.

My question today is. Do you consider what the process is what your asking of any given shade?

Lets take 8N for example a nice natural looking level of Blonde. what pigmentation would you expect and need from this miracle tube when working within a level 8 with 8N natural permanent tint/colour. Why do I ask this because it’s key the same can be said for any given natural level and choice of N series, so back to question pigmentation.

shades tone

The pigmentation of any N series should be enough pigment to control the hairs natural pigment at any given natural level.! hum what does this mean? Well lets think about our level 8 natural level, If we mix a very basic formulation lets say 30grams 8N  45 grams, 20Vol peroxide. What will happen?The 20 volume peroxide will start to lift the hair through level 8 and into level 9 easy 20 vol 2 level lift by doing this we are exposing bring out the natural pigment in the hair so in this instance yellow with a hint of orange [if unsure look at the shade chart and colour wheel]

shade and tone pigment

We have exposed this pigment through our choice of Peroxide we now have to hope that our N series has enough pigment to deal with the issue we have created so what do we need? Our Natural series must have a pigmentation of Blue Violet to control the pigment exposed and keep our colour natural,  we have to control that yellow orange and restore balance. A great deal to expect from a little tube of colour the same can be said for any natural level ,we have to consider what we want from our colour but more importantly consider the formulation and what to expect from it.

Of course if previously coloured hair and a root application we would have to colour balance the mid lengths and ends this would not be done with the N series or with peroxide. a Demi application and choice of matching shade will refresh previously coloured hair.

The key is to take the time to think lift deposit  that is what am i going to expose how do i control it!

its; balance it’s harmony between blue yellow and red at any given level!

the same can be applied to all shades Gold, Copper, Reds, our choice of peroxide on any given natural level dictates whether our colour will be really bright or controlled why because we are adding pigment to the colour as soon as we lift the hair’s natural level! Please consider it not just a tube that works wonders ! it’s a tube if pigment designed to help you attain you target colour, it’s use it’s application is down to you!

A poor colourist technician stylist will always blame the colour the reality is it’s not the colour! Take a look in the mirror yes that’s the problem !! education skill knowledge. Think about what your wanting from that colour understand it read the technical book in your shade chart! yes the black stuff ! it’s called colour chart and manual for a reason.

The same applies to want wanting bright vibrant colours to enhance your choice on the shade chart think about the natural level and what pigment you can expose to enhance it, maybe a Bright Red or Copper? if you don’t want the warmth think about level peroxide. also what pigment base will control the pigment you will expose! back to the colour wheel! remember opposite neutralise! Have fun.


he ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

Latest comment. Enjoying your book. A lot of thought has gone into this book and to be honest I wish that I had read it while operating a business.
The time and effort in explaining the target clientele was good as I feel that most people wouldn’t even think about it. Your subject with dealing with suppliers was very good. I wish that I had studied when working.
There were a lot of questions and points that I was not asking. My overall view of it is that it is well researched, and has good subjects and points. Currently I am on page 56. so lots to read yet!

I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

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