As a colourist, it can be difficult to find willing models who are relinquishing control for such out-of-the-box finishes, but for Loretta Tom, it’s just another part of the collection-creating process.
Rainbow party: Colour inspired by nature
While most of Tom’s Master Colourist finalist collection includes vibrant colours, her inspiration was actually from the world around her: “My whole collection was inspired by nature and different weather; I included greys that are like a cloudy day, brown and orange for a sunset, and the bright yellow was meant to be sunshine with a rainbow.” To plan out each look, Tom explains, “I sit down in a coffee shop and start drawing and colouring out the look with pencil crayons and then I start transforming it onto a bunch of mannequin heads before bringing the models in and doing it on them.”
Cold front: Tips for colour melting
To create such a mix of colour without having the different shades bleed together, Tom utilizes the colour-melting technique and lots of cold water. “I always feel for bad for the models because I need to use super-freezing water to rinse their hair so the colour doesn’t bleed,” she says. “We wash each foil one by one, but the water is still so cold—we cover them in blankets and point blow-dryers at them to try to keep them warm.”
Contessa 2017 Finalist, Master Colourist of the Year
After 10 years in the industry, Loretta Tom has made super-vibrat colours a part of her signature style. The following are her favourite products to get that Contessa-winning look.
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