COLOUR RESTORE Lilac Grey

£11.99

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore is a salon quality range of temporary colours uniquely formulated to enhance fading shades, or create natural to vibrant tones, whilst conditioning the hair.

Colour Restore Lilac Grey is a silver grey toner with metallic-lilac undertones for very light blonde, bleached or highlighted hair.
Use for 20 minutes to create a true lilac grey. To maintain a shade or to add subtle metallic-lilac tones, use as a regular two-minute conditioner.

100ml

SKU: CONCR5482 Category:

I wanted to create an entirely unique Grey toned shade, that had a wide appeal to a multitude of hair toning requirements and was flexible in the results it gave. The key with Lilac Grey is the colour emphasis falls neither on the Lilac nor the Grey. In fact, I had debated calling the shade ‘Frosted Orchid’ or ‘Metallic Mauve’, but those shades appeared as results based on the foundation of the hair:

If you have a multi-tonal blonde shade (be it from foils or balayage technique), Lilac Grey produces a shade which could only be best described as ‘Frosted Orchid’. The varying depths within the hair, combined with the Lilac Grey tone creates a delicate cool Orchid shade with hints of beige and lavender. This is a highly wearable hair colour that is a departure from a standard cool blonde.

When applied onto hair with thicker balayage panels and more solid lightened ombre mid-lengths and ends, Lilac Grey displays as a sharp Metallic Mauve. The key is for the hair to have deeper, darker areas at the top sections and more solid block blonde at the lower sections. Combined, these foundations create a distinctive mauve that has a heavy cool tone.

A unique facet of Colour Restore Lilac Grey is its ability to both create a Lilac Grey shade and neutralise unwanted underlying warm tone, in one step. Because the product contains both the violet and ash tone, it has incredibly strong anti-orange potential. This means it will counteract any copper or rust tones within the hair. With balayage and ombre foundations, this can be particularly beneficial, as such techniques will often evoke mild warmth around demarcation areas. When Colour Restore Lilac Grey is applied to these foundations, those warm tones are immediately neutralised, whilst lighter-neutral areas display as pure Lilac Grey.

Due to the combination of both the violet (lilac) and ash (grey) tones within the shade, Colour Restore Lilac Grey is a super strength anti-orange. If applied to very red-orange hair, the formula can kick out most of the orange tone, producing a more neutral burnished beige. Just be mindful, that if Lilac Grey is used to neutralise warm tones, neither the lilac nor the grey tones will display in the hair, simply because these tones have been used to neutralise.

Many brunettes suffer from root glow. This is where a peroxide based permanent colourant has lifted more at the roots and exposed warmth. Using Colour Restore Lilac Grey on a root glow issue, will mute down a great deal of the warmth and refine the shade.

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FAQ

Cannot see any difference after use?

If blonde hair has barriers on it, Lilac Grey will not be able to penetrate through the hair cuticle, so make sure you clarify the hair, then use Lilac Grey again. Next, review what base shade you were applying Lilac-Grey onto. To display as a pure Lilac Grey, the shade must go onto pure white or platinum blonde hair. The darker the base level, the more subtle the result will become. Whilst Lilac Grey is very effective at neutralising orange tones in brunette shades, it cannot display as ‘Lilac Grey’ in such depths.

Shade looks a deep beige blonde rather than Lilac Grey?

This is entirely to do with the fact the Lilac Grey shade has been applied onto an orangey, lightened base, rather than a neutral pale or white foundation. Due to its composition, Lilac Grey can act as a neutraliser. Therefore, if someone who has orangey copper hair uses the product, the hair will not turn green, because the combined violet and blue molecules within the product can counteract the orange tone. However, when acting as a neutraliser, Lilac Grey will turn coppery bases to beige blonde. So, if you have used the product and feel your hair looks beige blonde (rather than Lilac Grey) simply apply the product again to build up the lilac tone. Just be mindful that copper is not a light base shade. Therefore, if you apply Lilac grey onto a copper lightened base, you will never achieve a light Lilac Grey result because the existing depth is too dark. To achieve that pure Lilac Grey, you need to lighten out that copper and obtain a pale-yellow base colour, that could firstly be toned to white with Colour Restore Iced Platinum, then coloured to Lilac Grey with the shade.

Shade looks purple and patchy?

Such a result means the product has been applied to very damaged bleached hair. Purple and patchy results from use of Lilac Grey indicate porosity and compromised hair health. Therefore, you should use Precolour Protein Porosity Spray throughout to fill the hair and strengthen. Washing the hair once or twice in a clear, cleansing shampoo will remove any purple or patchy tone. Lilac Grey can then be applied again but do make sure you saturate the hair (throughout) prior to application with Precolour Protein Spray. Doing this will fill any gaps in the hair, equalise porosity and ensure that Lilac Grey deposits throughout the hair evenly.

Can I use on balayage, ombre and highlighted hair?

Absolutely, yes. But again, make sure the base is pre-toned with Iced Platinum, so it features no warm or brassy tones prior to application. If you desire a more naturalistic metallic colour, simply use Lilac Grey directly over the warm base. In these instances, because the Lilac Grey will act as a neutraliser, it will appear less Lilac Grey and more Metallic Beige. However, this can be a preferable shade variance for those who like a natural cold balayage or ombre look.

Can Lilac Grey be used on either natural or artificial grey hair?

Yes, it can. When applied to existing grey hair (be it natural or artificial), a ‘Steel Mauve’ result would be obtained. Here, the depth would increase, and the violet tone would be more noticeable. The result would effectively be a more intense Lilac Grey.

I used Lilac Grey to neutralise unwanted red-orange and my hair has turned a more burgundy tone – why?

This is because Lilac Grey cannot neutralise red. In order to neutralise red, you must apply a green pigment. However, what Lilac Grey can do is neutralise orange and contribute additional violet and blue tone. Therefore, when applied to red-orange hair, the violet and blue tones in Lilac Grey will neutralise the orange tones. However, they will not be able to neutralise the red tones, but instead add to them. Therefore, by adding blue-violet to red a purple tone is achieved. This would evoke an overall burgundy shade.

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