Question and Answer Time with the #colortrakfam!

The Colortrak Crew search isn’t over just yet! We’re on the hunt for new additions to our family of stylists. We sought to create this community to give talented individuals exposure and a chance to grow. They are all creative, innovate and passionate about what they do, and we want to give others the opportunity to join our 2018 Colortrak Family!

Have you entered the Colortrak Crew search yet? If you’re unconvinced, hear out our 2017 Colortrak Fam, as they tell us what being a member of the #colortrakfam has been like!

Our entry period is from November 15 to December 15, and the rules to enter are so simple! Just take a video of yourself using your favorite #colortraktools and tag us colortrakfam include the hashtags #colortrak #colortraktools and #colortrakcrew. DM us your video afterwards and tell us why YOU need to be apart of the #colortrakfam. We encourage everyone to enter; don’t be shy!

Welcome to our family! You have until Dec.15 to join!

What has being a part of the #colortrakfam meant to you?

Jennifer Hagy @j.hairistry

“The amazing family brought into my life and the opportunities to participate in events. Putting in input into possible future tools, getting to play with new tools and show our hair community how awesome Colortrak is!

We share new product ideas with all members and ask for their feedback. Our tools are crafted for stylists, so we go straight to the source. However, it’s more than just giving something to us. It’s about giving back to our members as well!”

Gabbi Tarquino @be_gabulous

“My favorite part was Premiere! I pitched an idea to the team and they allowed me to make my dream a reality. I had the chance to work alongside another member and promote the fabulous detailing brush while creating glitter roots!”

Would you recommend the Colortrak Fam to others?

Colortrak strives to make its Colortrak Fam members feel welcome, and everyone’s opinion is valued. Everyone is an integral part of our team, and no one goes unnoticed or is overlooked.

Olivia Smalley @omgartistry

“I love the commitment and warmth that Colortrak brings to the table. They would do ANYTHING for their team. They work tireless hours in order to help our team succeed.”

Hailey Malone @haileymahonehair

“Being a part of this family has been a dream. I would 100% recommend being a part of this family!”

Ricardo Jara @ricardojarahair

“I would recommend people to join the fam because it’s run by amazing people. You get to be involved in ideas and have a special bond with a whole new group of people that share the same passion and love for hair like you.”

McKenna Gustafson @mckenna__mckenna

“My favorite part of being a part of the Colortrak Fam is it’s like having a real family. We are all each other’s cheerleaders, supporters, and friends. We are spread out throughout the country, but I consider these people some of my best friends! We have each other’s backs and inspire each other every day! I couldn’t ask for anything more!”

 Elissa Wolfe @elissawolfe

“Becoming a part of something way bigger than my little salon world gave me the push I needed to go on my own and to know that I had a team behind me. I was in a salon that didn’t support me or see my hair vision… but Colortrak did!”

 Alexandra Fazio @haircircusfreaks

“This has opened many opportunities and made my dreams reality by being able to express myself onstage as a platform artist! Colortrak always treats us like family and welcomes us with open arms. I have learned so much this year and can’t wait to see what being on the team brings in for 2018!”

 

“Colors speak louder than words”

Are enchanting, unicorn-inspired transformations your mane thing? | Joico Intensity x Colortrak Artistry Kit

Join Colortrak to unbox the magic inside the Joico Color Intensity Artistry Kit! We partnered with Joico and Colortrak Brand Ambassador Ricardo Santiago to create a kit of a few of his favorite tools used to create his trademark techniques. The kit includes Colortrak Meche and Spongelight Applicators, as well as Joico’s best and brightest colorist essentials. The kit is available December 2017 at the following stores, while supplies last: CosmoProf, Armstrong McCall, Salon Centric, State RDA, Paramount, Elite, WS Beauty, Cook Beauty, Salon Centric (NJ only, check with participating stores), State Beauty Supply and RDA Pro-Mart (Texas only).

Available in 5” x 12” and 5” x 16”, Colortrak Meche are lightweight, pre-cut sheets ideal for free-hand coloring techniques. They make sectioning much easier and are conveniently packaged in dispenser box. Ricardo likes Meche because it helps him visually organize his color placement and prevent dye from bleeding between sections.

Colortrak Spongelight Applicators are reusable sponges that allows for flexible hair color saturation and quick application. They easily fit in the hand and allow stylists to have more control over haircoloring. Ricardo likes Spongelights because they “blur” the transition points between shades and help create seamless balayages.

Below: Ricardo Santiago walks us through his Criss-Cross Colormelt and how he uses the Joico Color Intensity Artistry Kit Featuring Tools by Colortrak.

“ Fun and dramatic transformation using Colortrak’s Meche! .”

BY RICARDO SANTIAGO

TOOLS:

Colortrak Professional Haircoloring Meche
Colortrak Spongelights

Joico Intensities

FORMULA:

FORMULA A: (Shadow Root)
Pink, Soft Pink, Magenta, and Hot Pink
FORMULA B: (Mids-to-Ends)
5 Parts Clear +1 Part Formula A

SPONGE TECHNIQUE FORMULA:

FORMULA A: (Sponge Color-Lights)
Pink, Soft Pink, Magenta, and Hot Pink
FORMULA C:
Cobalt Blue
FORMULA D:
Amethyst+Light Purple
FORMULA E:
True Blue
FORMULA F:
Orchid
FORMULA G:
Titanium+Sapphire Blue

STEP ONE: ROOT (BASE) RETOUCH
Begin by dividing the hair into Quadrants
*Secure each section using Colortrak Crocodile Clips

Using Joico Crème Lightener + 20 Volume and a Colortrak Featherbrush, begin base retouch application. Colortrak’s Feather Brush allows me to work with precision and control, so as to be able to apply without overlapping previously lightened hair. Once application is complete, apply a processing cap and allow to process for 60 minutes.

Shampoo using Joico KPak Clarifying Shampoo and condition using Joico Luster Lock, rinse thoroughly.

I chose Joico Crème Lightener because it is more gentle on the scalp and offers plenty of lift.

Because the roots were so grown out, I went back through and retouched the second half inch-to-1 inch of hair from the scalp, for a total process time of 60 minutes.

I strategically did not tone her hair, but rather, chose to use the tones that she had from mids-to-ends and what she lifted up to, to better ‘grab’ on to the warm tones of the pink and create a vibrant-neon effect at the root and a softer, pastel effect throughout.

STEP TWO: SHADOW ROOT+TRADITIONAL (BASECOAT)
Again, working in Quadrants, I begin applying a Shadow Root (Formula A) beginning at the nape area, working through each Quadrant, taking diagonal back slices.

*I like to apply my Joico Intensity Color(s) to slightly damp, mostly dry hair
Using my Colortrak Featherbrush allows me to easily apply and evenly saturate, as well as create a soft transition for the next color(s).

Just like traditional Wall Sponge-Painting, I need to lay down my ‘Base Coat’. To do that, using Formula B, I begin to paint into Formula A, from the Shadow Root down to the ends, using my fingertips (covered by Colortrak XL Vinyl Gloves) and Featherbrush. As I work down the hair, I ‘scissor’ blend Formula A + Formula B together to create a seamless transition and massage the color into the hair to ensure complete and even saturation, creating consistent full-coverage color.

STEP THREE: PAINTING WITH SPONGES
Now it is time to get C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E!

I chose to add in some fun and convertible dimension with two techniques, utilizing Colortrak Sponges! The result is a wearable, artistic color that can be concealed for a classic, soft look or exposed with a simple change of the hair parting, to reveal an artistic edge!

Sponge Technique 1: ‘Sponge Color-Lights’ (think of Balayage, but with color)
For this Technique, use your Colortrak Spongelights as is!

Apply color of choice, to the tip of your spongelights (for me, Formulas C, D, E, F, G) and apply using ‘V’ painting application, as you would with lightener, when doing Balayage. The goal is to create dimensional color without any lines or hard transitions. Because you are applying over already placed color (choose wisely), choose color that is darker.

Sponge Technique 2: Sponge-Painting (think of at-home wall painting)
For this Technique, create various-sized divots in your Colortrak Spongelights, by simply pinching and ripping off small segments, or cutting with the tip of a pair of scissors. Your end result will look like a piece of Swiss Cheese!

Apply color of choice, to the entire sponge (for me, Formulas C, D, E, F, G) by dipping one side of your sponge into your bowl of color. I applied one color per spongelight, but feel free to apply multiple colors or use the same sponge. Your spongelight should have uneven amounts of color loaded per dip, because of the divots you created. The divots help to distribute the color with a unique pattern. To apply, simply stamp the spongelight down and blot the hair, down the entire length of the panel of hair.

Time to Paint!
While still working in the Quadrants, begin applying Sponge Technique #1, by taking diagonal slices. Feel free to alternate diagonal and horizontal slices for maximum exposure for each panel.

*I avoided applying Sponge Technique #2 to the top layer in order to make the color ‘Convertible’, meaning the artistic look could be covered or concealed, allowing for a more traditional look.

For each panel you paint, begin by placing a Colortrak Meche (available in two sizes) under the panel of hair. This will serve as a ‘surface’ to paint on and keeps each section clean.

For each panel, alternate your Sponge Techniques and your colors. Once you finish a panel, cover (each panel) with a fresh piece of Colortrak Meche and press gently to secure.

For each Quadrant, I chose to place to at least 4 to 5 panels, alternating the effects of the color.

Once all color has been applied, allow to process 25 minutes, then rinse in cold water. *No need to shampoo as hair was washed in previous steps

 

“Colors speak louder than words”

The search for the 2018 #colortrakcrew is ON! ENTRY PERIOD NOV 15 – DEC 15

It’s that time again! Colortrak is searching for our 2018 #colortrakcrew, a family of talented hair stylists to help us spearhead creativity and create a community of growth.

Our entry period is from November 15 to December 15, and the rules to enter are so simple! Just take a video of yourself using your favorite #colortraktools and tag us @colortrak and include the hashtags #colortrak #colortraktools and #colortrakcrew. DM us your video afterwards and tell us why YOU need to be apart of the #colortrakfam. We encourage everyone to enter; don’t be shy!

 

Good luck to all entrants! We can’t wait to see what you all create with our Colortrak tools!

Some #colortrakcrew perks can include, but are not limited to:

  1. Exposure through our social media channels
  2. Receive new tools before they hit the shelves
  3. Possible sponsorship support for your events and classes
  4. Opportunity to be featured in industry publications
  5. Opportunities for gaining exposure at tradeshows and stage presence Opportunity to gain exposure at tradeshows by way of educating on our stage at ABS Chicago and Premiere Orlando (please note, spaces are limited but we try to accommodate as many stylists as possible)
  6. Warehouse and production tours with the Colortrak team when visiting Miami
  7. Opportunity to assist with product development
  8. Possible video tutorial features
  9. An allowance for products on colortrak.com
  10. Tuesday Takeovers: every Tuesday, a member of our #colortrakfam takes over our Instagram stories for the day and walks us through a day behind the chair
  11. Possible opportunities to take over Insta stories for major publications and distributors

Outstanding crew members have the chance to be promoted to Brand Ambassador the following year!

Look up past members with the hashtag #colortrakfam and #colortrakcrew on Instagram. For more details on entering the Colortrak Crew search, please visit http://colortrak.com/colortrak-crew/

 

“Colors speak louder than words”

Bold Berry Color Melt

Summer is all wrapped up, and now’s time for fall.  It’s time for cozy looks and long, warm-colored locks. It’s time to dish out fall appropriate looks and use new tools.

This fall calls for berry tones! Colortrak Ambassador Leysa Carillo (@leysahairandmakeup) shares her formula for this bold berry color melt. She used our new Licensed to Create Collection, inspired by CosmoProf. Are you Licensed to Create?

The Licensed to Create Collection features new and classic tools dipped in Licensed to Create gold!

Tools:

Licensed to Create Collection

Formula:

Formula A

Equal parts Joico Color Butter Blue + Green

Formula B

Joico Color Butter Pink + a dot of Red

Formula C

Equal parts Joico Color Butter Titanium + Purple

STEP 1:

Mix Schwarzkopf BlondMe Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener and 20 vol. developer of your choice to a thick consistency.

STEP 2:

Using Colortrak’s new Licensed to Create Carbon Fiber Comb, back-to-back tease, weave and balayage the hair using a Feather Bristle Brush, hitting only the base and dark burgundy sections and avoiding the mid-shaft section and ends.

STEP 3:

Process for 45 minutes.

STEP 4:

Shampoo hair, skipping conditioner.

STEP 5:

Using the Colortrak Licensed to Create Balayage Board and Wide Color Brush, colormelt Formulas A, B and C.

STEP 6:

Process color for 20 minutes.

STEP 7:

Rinse hair with cold water.

STEP 8:

Blow dry and style with a 1-inch curling iron, curling away from the face.

STEP 9:

Gently brush out for final look.

 

“Colors speak louder than words”

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