The dreaded question – “Black or Blue-Black?”

James Tips & Tricks , , 0 Comments

Your client books in for a lash tint. They lay down on the bed and you, the professional beauty therapist, ask the dreaded question.

“Black or Blue-Black?”

Sounds familiar?

Let’s face it, 90% of clients booking in for a lash tint EXPECT this question and (bar shades of brown for a more subtle look) these are the shades we are taught to use for accentuating the eyelashes. In this day-and-age, is it really enough that our clients still only have two choices? A client can walk into their local hairdresser and choose any hue from purple to green. Imagine if your hairdresser sat you down with a latte and proclaimed, “so will it be light or dark brown today?” You would no doubt question their abilities and leave!

Why is it then, that we as beauty professionals are set in our ways when it comes to colour? The good news is; we can do better.

Using RefectoCil Tints, can now tint lashes deep shades of violet, indigo, black-violet, mahogany (brown and red) and even black with a red-accent! Using tint Fashion shades can intensify the iris and accent the eyes, especially when the right hue is matched to a client’s own eye/hair colour. Banish the boring in your salon – not only will your clients love you for it, more choice allows you to set your salon apart from the rest.

Lash Tinting Ideas:

Pure black is an intensive, pure, luscious black, which is used for tinting the eyebrows of clients who have very dark, black hair. Deep black can be used on all clients who request a dramatic eye-catching look.

Graphite is a dark grey shade to discretely cover up grey/white hairs. Generally reserved for brows, by mixing in graphite to any colour, the colour is made cooler and is therefore particularly recommended for colder colourings.

Deep Blue is an intensive, dark blue tone, which is ideally suited for tinting the eyelashes of blondes with blue eyes.  The blue shade makes you look more seductive. Best for lighter hairs.

Light Brown is a natural, soft brown great for clients (like men!) who find it important to look natural.

Red is best for clients with red, coloured hair. On light to mid-blonde hair an intensive red is achieved. On dark brown hair, tinting produces a red shimmer.  Red is moreover ideal for mixing with other RefectoCil colours.  By mixing in some red, the colour becomes warmer and is thus particularly recommended for those with warm colourings.

Purple is a fantastic colour for blondes and light brunettes, however, can still be used with darker hair shades. This colour goes well with many different types of eye make up, such as purple, violet and blue.

There you have it… now get mixing!

Introducing the world’s first plant-based, oxidant-free tints

James New Products 0 Comments

We all know the importance of patch testing clients prior to application of oxidative tints. Typically tint developer will be a 3% peroxide solution.

While hydrogen peroxide offers a myriad of benefits for the skin, it has harmful effects too. Are you aware of the side effects of hydrogen peroxide on the skin?

  • Overuse of hydrogen peroxide damages skin cells which leads to premature ageing.
  • Too much application of hydrogen peroxide can lead to dry skin and irritation a precursor for pimples and acne breakouts.
  • Increased levels of hydrogen peroxide on the skin can lead to vitiligo- the loss of the dark pigment of skin.
  • Some people can suffer from serious allergic skin reactions with symptoms such as burning sensation and inflammation

We are by no means saying we should cease to use oxidizing tints! Applied professionally with minimal skin contact, there is a very little risk. Patch testing should always be carried out in a professional salon environment, regardless.

The Sensitive Tinting system allows you to tint eyebrows and eyelashes in only 3 minutes with colours based on plant extracts. The perfect tinting service for clients with sensitive skin and eyes, they too can now have beautiful, accentuated eyes – day and night. This system still lasts 4-6 weeks and is smudge and waterproof.

Refectocil Sensitive is the first eyelash/brow tint that works based on plant extracts, with yarrow, horse extract, juniper, goldenrod, nettle, blueberry, chaste berry, red wine extract. Traditional tints “penetrate” the hair follicle, whereas this system “enshrouds” the hair.

It’s worth noting that the application steps for this system are also vastly different from that of tradition tinting and the “developer” and colour never actually mix! (Detailed application instructions are detailed here.)

For clients who react to traditional tinting, or prefer a more natural alternative: the completely new 2 step sensitive tinting system by RefectoCil is a real winner!

Welcome to our new-look website

James General 0 Comments

Things are looking flash around here, eh?

Our new website is a little different than what you may have been used to. We have moved a few products and categories around, tweaked a few product titles and tidied our photography up a little. We hope you enjoy!

We’ve also snuck some new products in here and there and re-packaged some of our own… but we will have more to say on this over the coming months.


Cruelty-Free Brands

James General , 0 Comments

“Most of us will have grown up using animals: eating meat, wearing leather, buying cosmetics tested on animals, going to zoos and maybe even watching rodeos. We might truly love animals, but it’s easy going day to day without considering the impact of our actions on the animals involved. “

At Cosmetologists, we firmly believe that no animals should be subjected to testing for the sake of cosmetics. All our brands are cruelty-free. Nothing we sell is tested on animals.