Guide to mixing Red Shadows
How to mix Desert Shadow organic hair colors in red shades.
This mixing guide is suitable for mixing
Strawberry Shadow, Copper Shadow, Red Shadow and Deep Red Shadow
Mixing your organic hair color is similar to baking a cake or making pancakes.
You add liquid to a powder, mix and it is ready. You have a recipe in your instruction leaflet and we suggest you follow this until you get acquainted and build a bit of a relationship with the product. Once you have used it a few times you can start to adjust the recipe to make it your own or you can just leave it as it is...... your hair your choice.
You can watch the you tube video below or scroll down to read our short article.
The topics we cover in this blog post will be: 1. How much product you should mix 2. Liquids to use for mixing 3. Optional extras such as essential oils 4. Timing with mixing 5. Clever tips 6. Do’s & don’ts of mixing our hair colors
1. How much product should you mix? Short hair & root touch ups - 1/2 pack Medium hair - 1 pack Long hair - 1 to 1.5 packs Super long hair - 2 - 3 packs Thick hair - will need to add an extra 1/4 pack for short hair and 1/2 (short to medium) to 3/4 pack (for long hair) If you are unsure email us with a picture of your hair and we will help guide you. *Please note - repeated use will see your color become richer and in some cases darker. Once you achieve the color shade you like, simply apply to the roots only and do a full application every 4th or 5th time to boost the color at the ends. This will save time and product. 2. What liquid should I use to mix my organic red hair color? We recommend you use warm water to mix your organic hair color. 250mls should be enough but you may need an additional 20 to 40ml if the paste thickens as you apply. We suggest water because it is quick and easy. You can also use herbal tea if you have some at home and would like the added benefits they bring. Simply brew some tea of your choice with 300ml of water and allow to steep. Use this is place of water when mixing your hair color. Some examples of teas that are good for the hair: CHAMOMILE TEA : is soothing for the scalp and smells nice ROSEMARY TEA: promotes healthy hair growth HIBISCUS TEA: Helps with split ends
3. Optional Extras you can add to your mix If you are interested in essential oils you can also add 1 to 2 drops to your color mix. We suggest you check for any contraindications before using essential oils and use them sparingly as they are very potent. Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless you see a healthcare professional first.
Some examples of essential oils that are beneficial for the hair: Lavender Angustifolia Rosemary Geranium Sandalwood Peppermint *Please note add the essential oils at the same time or after adding your water or herbal tea.
4. Timing Mixing: Mix your Red Shades immediately before you intend to color your hair Activation: You can leave your paste to sit for 10 mins before applying. This product can be left for longer if you wish but it must be covered so that it doesn't dry out. Once the Red Shades are activated with liquids they must be used within 8 to 12 hours. After this time the dye content will start to reduce and the colour result will not be as strong. TIP: If you mix your product and then decided you want to apply the color at another time. Simply pop the activated paste into the freezer. It will freeze for up to 3 months and retain its full colour integrity. When you wish to use allow the paste to thaw out naturally DO NOT MICROWAVE OR HEAT IT UP.
Color processing: NON GREY COVERAGE - leave the paste in your hair for 1 to 2 hours GREY COVERAGE - leave the paste in your hair for 3 hours TIP: after 5 to 6 hours the organic hair color will have reached it's limit and there is no extra benefit of leaving it on for this long unless it is for convenience, like if you sleep with it on overnight. 4 hours would be the absolute maximum needed.
5. Clever Tips in summary
Mix your color in a non porous bowl. You can use stainless steel, ceramic or plastic. The colour may stain light coloured plastic or porous ceramic.
If your mix is lumpy even after giving it a good mix, get your electric beaters out and whizz it up for a minute or two. That should get most of them out.
Repeated use will see your color become richer and in some cases darker. Once you achieve the color shade you like, simply apply to the roots only and do a full application every 4th or 5th time to boost the color at the ends. This will save time and product.
Left over color? Freeze it immediately and save it for next time. You can add it to your next mix or use it for root touch ups. It will freeze for up to 3 months and retain its full color integrity. When you wish to use allow the paste to thaw out naturally DO NOT MICROWAVE OR HEAT IT UP.
If you are a messy chef, cover your bench or surfaces with an old towel before getting into your mixing.
6. Do's & Dont's The do's of mixing
DO wear gloves when mixing
DO read your instructions in full for measurements & method. If you are unsure read them again.
DO watch the our you tube video if you are unsure.
If you mix your color and then have to leave it for another time. Cover & freeze the mix immediately
DO reach out if you have any questions
The dont's of mixing
DO NOT Microwave your paste
DO NOT apply direct heat to the paste
DO NOT use boiling liquids
DO NOT mix your product until you read your mixing instructions in full.
DO NOT leave your paste out on the counter. If you mix your colour and decide not to colour your hair then and there, freeze the mix.