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ALKALINITY - The TRUE Controller of Hair Color’s ‘Lifting Action’.

When I was Director of Education at Clairol, I had a lengthy conversation with a man who owned a new and rapidly-growing hair color brand. He had created a 'new' way of explaining how to predict the lifting '(lightening) ability of permanent hair color. While I continue to respect his dedication, passion and intelligence, I have NEVER agreed with his approach attached to communicating how permanent hair color 'works'. In my opinion, -- tested over a very long time-- this method is incorrect.


Briefly: The real controlling factor attached to hair color's ability to 'lift', is the Shade's Level of ALKALINITY!

Acidic no-lift Demi shades are at a low Ph-- they are acidic and do not 'lift' the hair

Slightly Alkaline Demi colors have NO lift.. or can Very Slightly 'lift' a level or less when mixed with 13 or 20 volume developer

Permanent Hair color is ALKALINE -- at a ph level of 9.3 -10.5... when mixed with developer, the alkalinity present causes both a lift of pigment in the hair's cortex and a simultaneous deposit of the pigments contained in the color formula.


Test this for yourself, using virgin hair swatches. -- This subject is only one of the important topics my website friends can understand, in depth. I will be sharing this at my Immersion into Hair Color Sessions at ABS next month- April, 2023. I hope you will join us.

Now, Colorists can choose the level of alkalinity they mix into a color formula. I represent the brand that has created this very exacting way we can offer our client's the correct alkalinity 'dose' best for them. Thx for reading this. Comment here if you'd like. B


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Thank you infinitely for your expertise in all aspects of hair color. You make all professionals better at their craft!

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Ann Best
Ann Best
Apr 01, 2023

What is the brand please? I attended your Immersion into color in the Boston area last year. It was very interesting. Thank you. Ann Best

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Beth Minardi
Beth Minardi
Apr 01, 2023
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Hi Ann. BEAUTY FUSION is the color brand. Truly Earth and Human Friendly with gorgeous intermixable shades. wonderful gray coverage, super shine and "irritant free". Elisa, who works with me will send you ALL info, chart, and can speak with you about the shades you might like to try first. She works with me every day, speaking to our friends, and setting up my classes. Call her at 817-877-7384 or email her at 3lisaredconsult@yahoo.com. Also, on my FREE FB Group Page, I teach about this almost every single day. Join.. Free: go to Groups. "Conversations with Top Color Professionals by Beth Minardi. Thx for your interest. We will get things out to you right away. And, Im de…

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Ann Best
Ann Best
Apr 01, 2023

Can we use an alkaline prepared color to deposit properly with 9% developer when we do not have the proper acidic shade? I have done this when lack of deposit only shade is unavailable.

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Beth Minardi
Beth Minardi
Apr 01, 2023
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If this works well for you, certainly continue. b

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