Wella Color Cascading Techniques

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Wella is a worldwide manufacturer of cosmetic products and supplies. One of the products available from Wella is a hair colouring set used to create an effect called colour cascading. The set combines a variety of colour hues that suit each other, that are designed to be used together. There are various techniques for applying the colour cascade to your hair, so try the ones explained here and then branch out with your own ideas.

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • Wella colouring set
  • Mild shampoo
  • Moisturising conditioner

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    Divide your hair into three sections with a comb by making two diagonal parts from your crown outward. This will create a triangular section of hair in the back and one section on either side of your head.

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    Choose the dominant colour from the colouring set and apply it to the sections of hair on the right and left. Start the application of the colour 1 inch down from the root and work with ¼ inch wide piece of hair at a time.

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    Leave the colour on your hair for ¼ hour then apply colour to the exposed root area. Allow all of the colour to set for up to 30 minutes to allow the colour to even out.

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    Wash out the side sections of your hair to remove all of the dominant colouring. Keep the coloured hair separate from the remaining section on the back.

  5. 5

    Apply all of the colours to the back section of hair, one ¼ inch wide piece at a time. Use horizontal strokes to apply the colours in a repeating pattern.

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    Leave the colour in the hair for up to 45 minutes or less if you see the right colour is achieved earlier.

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    Wash out the back section of hair thoroughly to remove all of the various colours. Use a gentle shampoo and moisturising conditioner to clean all of your hair.

  1. 1

    Part your hair the way you normally wear it. Comb through your hair to remove any knots or tangles.

  2. 2

    Work with ¼ inch wide piece of hair at a time and follow a circular pattern around your head. Start with the darkest or lightest colour from your scheme.

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    Apply the darkest or lightest colour to your root section hair. If you use the darkest, the cascade will go from dark down to light and vice versa if you start with light.

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    Work down the length of hair following the colour scheme until you reach the last colour and the tips of your hair. Apply the colour cascade to your entire head of hair in the same way.

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    Keep the colouring in your hair for a maximum of ¾ hour. You can wash out the colouring earlier if you are happy with the tone.

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    Rinse out your hair to get the colouring out. Use the shampoo and conditioner to treat your hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Many salons have trained stylist to apply a cascading colour style.
  • Do not colour on top of previously coloured areas or you will destroy the strength of the hair.

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