Your Essential Guide to Mastering The Hair Color Wheel

We all know the ins and outs of a basic color wheel. ROY-G-BIV, we hollered, as it embeds into our brains by first-grade art teachers. But as all hair colorists know, the color wheel isn’t just for art class. 


There’s nothing more critical than the color wheel in the eyes of a hair colorist, as it is the backbone for any advantageous coloring methods. Heather Ward Kepshire, the owner of Beauty School Remix, informs us a color wheel determines where colors exist on the palette and becomes an invaluable time-saver in your salon. Successful stylists understand the importance of the color wheel, from client consultations to the color formulationsand so should you. 


In this blog, along with the Beauty School Remix Course Using the Hair Color Wheel, we provide an indispensable guide for colorists engrossed in the understanding of the hair color wheel and its invaluable function in the salon. Read on for tips and tricks to mastering the theory behind the hair color wheel, proudly brought to you by Beauty School Remix. 

starting with the basics

Let’s take things back to first-grade again. Sure, you recall the basics of colors – but maybe your memory neglects some of the basics of color science and how it joins into your trade behind the chair. That’s why Beauty School Remix has crafted a course devised to refresh and stimulate your colorist needs with the indispensable tool that is the color wheel.


The color wheel is a spectrum of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. 

  • We all know the primary colors: Yellow, Red, and Blue. They are the original colors as nothing gets mixed to create them, hence the word primary
  • Secondary colors are made when primary colors are mixed: Orange, Green, and Violet. Hence secondary
  • Tertiary colors then fill in the gaps, such as Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Red-Violet, as so on. 


If you understand the basics of color assignments on the chart, congrats! You’ve completed the first step in mastering the utilization of the hair color wheel – but don’t get too excited, there’s still more to learn from Beauty School Remix.


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understanding the hair color wheeL

Pretty easy so far, right? The 12 colors on the wheel represent the manner in which colors are associated with each other on the spectrum. By now, you should know that formulating color isn’t as simple as selecting a color on a box. The color wheel is the most vital instrument to customize the exact shade, intensity, or tone of the hair color your client craves. Helpful to visual learners, the color wheel manifests a realistic approach to understanding warm, cool, complementary, enhancement tones, dominant color, and levels of toner.


So how does it really work? Heather gives a revealing and descriptive analysis of how to employ the wheel into your everyday life at the salon. In the course Using the Color Wheel, Heather’s class supports and assists students to discover and master how to:


  • Pick the right color for a client
  • Formulate the desired color correctly, the first time
  • Control colors when you need to 
  • Enhance colors when you need to
  • Understand predominant tones


how to formulate the best fit for each client

We know the color wheel supplies stylists a convenient manual to formulate a color for their client. However, it also provides the stylist a guidebook to determining the most desirable color for any client. So, how is this done?


Everything starts with the skin tone upon consultation. The rule of thumb is to compliment a client’s undertones (fair, golden, ruddy, olive, etc) as their overall skin color will be enhanced upon coloring. While it’s important to nudge the client into the direction of your professional opinion, it’s noteworthy to remember that the client comes first. Even if a client is inspired and requesting “cigarette-ash” hair.

(Enroll in Using the Color Wheel to indulge yourself in the tell-tale and learning experience story of a difficult client).


Skin tone and undertone isn’t the only factor in arranging the best-fit color for a client. An individual’s fashion, makeup, and even jewelry give a stylist a direction to follow. Now you may be asking, how does that work?

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learn more

The science of the hair color wheel is a complex, but easily-manageable subject to be understood by any successful stylist. The course Using The Color Wheel by Beauty School Remix gives you the opportunity to learn how to:


  • Define primary, secondary & tertiary colors
  • Understand what opposing colors do
  • Distinguish warm and cool colors
  • Utilize the Skin Tone vs the undertone of the skin
  • Complement the undertone of the skin
  • Uncover classic cues for formulating
  • Apply the color wheel to make toning blondes simple 


As a bonus, the course dives into the deep end with conjecturing the cost-effective waste that rises from color formulating. “The more you waste, the less money goes into your pocket. Period” claims Heather, as she asserts her profound money-saving method and formula to her students. By enrolling in the course, you will additionally learn:


  • How easy it is for a salon to waste $31,000 in color every year
  • The easiest and smartest way to avoid that mistake


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to nourish your stylist’s needs in mastering the hair color wheel. Enroll today in Using the Color Wheel, and other Beauty School Remix Courses for specialized content for all your stylist-driven ambitions. 


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