Think that bold colour won't work on black hair? Lies.

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Carmela, is a 25-year-old case worker at an insurance agency. Her hair had grown out into a bit of a ‘nothing’ style, and she was keen to make a major change. 

That’s where Julie Peacocke, Director at Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup (who, fun fact, also does Claudia Carven’s hair) stepped in.

And just watch what happened. Read about the process involved in this chop (or see stills, if you don’t have time to watch the video) below.

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How long did the transformation take?

The transformation took 4 hours.

What is it about this new style that’s exciting for you?

This was a complete makeover. My client hadn’t had any thing happen in her hair for months and it had just grown out into nothing. It was the perfect opportunity to take a blank canvas and make it a statement, especially with the colour.

What sort of inspiration did you have in mind while you were doing this client’s hair?

I wanted to play with a kaleidoscope of color within the boundaries of natural hair. So I created highlights that had green, blue and turquoise all in the one highlight to create an ombre effect. The colour was a subtle statement of attitude that you would only capture glimpses of, in the haircut. It’s about creating sophisticated colour that’s also creative: you could wear to the office without it being considered too “far out there.

What did the Transformation involve?

The transformation was created with ombre style foil highlights that are designed to show glimpses of bright green, blue and turquoise scattered throughout the hair.


We then wanted to create a dark base to give the hair a clean, freshness that would help show off the creative flashes, we did this by tinting her hair, roots to ends, in a deeper darker matt brown.

The cut was a complete redesign: we wanted the hair to move. My client wanted to keep some length and I wanted texture that could be made to shake out on the dance floor. So I used a texturing technique that is very different to layering – you get to keep the length but also gain heaps of shape and movement.

The fringe was pivotal to give the hair some strong direction and to open up my client’s face so you could see her amazing eyes.How many inches did you cut off?

We took off an inch off the length but the texture was created by taking 1-4 inches in scattered sections all over her head.

Did you do anything else special we need to know about?

The foils are created twice with this look: the first highlights are designed to lighten the hair so that the rich colours can be seen. The second highlights are where the colour is applied. I layered blue, green and turquoise on each foil starting at the roots with the blue.

This is a massive job hence the time.

With specialty colour like this, you need to allow the time as everything is unpredictable so a stylist needs to keep their wits about them and plan everything within an inch of its life as each step evolves. That way the result will always look amazing.

If you don’t have time to watch the video now, here are some stills:

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