There’s a new amazing hair-coloring technique you can’t miss


While we’re familiar with two main coloring techniques – balayage and foils – a new technique that just surfaced on the scene called hand-pressed coloring.The hand-pressed technique helps to achieve a smooth natural colour blend by swirling different variations of hair dye on a piece of plexiglass.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Redken colourist Chiala Marvici explained how she came up with the idea.Marvici says that she came up with the technique in her sleep. She said:

“I have a painting in my apartment that a friend did for me a while ago that has a lot of colors on it, and I fell asleep one night and dreamt of all these layers of paint living together on one surface. When I woke up, I thought about how beautiful that would be on the hair and how I would translate that vision onto the hair.”



This new technique is literally the stuff that dreams are made of, people! Marvici went on to explain how the technique works:

“You create a design creating different patterns like circles, diagonals, and swirls onto a 6-inch-wide sheet of the hardest version of plexiglass — other thicknesses are too flimsy — with different shades of color, and then you place the section of hair flat onto the glass, which transfers the design from the plexiglass onto the underside of your hair. Then, you use a six-inch-long putty knife and then press the hair into the pattern to saturate the top side of the hair as the color seeps through your strands.”


From there, she slides the glass from underneath the section, reapplies her pattern of colour to the glass, and moves onto the next piece of hair. Once the last section is saturated, depending on the colour brand she uses, she begins the processing time, which takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Compared to balayage and foil highlights, which can take 45 minutes to an hour to apply, this application takes anywhere from five minutes to 30 because there isn’t that much blending involved after colour application, since you blend it as you press the hair into the design.


One of Marvici’s platinum clients looked like after she applied blue and gold tones to her hair.

For now,this technique is not available at your local salon, but Marvici has been traveling all over the country to educate other colourist on the process.

Watch this video to learn how to create the Blur Technique with Chiala Marvici.

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