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The Color Wheel is the backbone of all color theory. At it’s most basic form, it does three things for us everyday:

    • Shows us how to enhance underlying pigment with our formula
    • Shows us how to control underlying pigment with our formula
    • Shows us how to choose the most flattering colors for the undertones of our client’s skin

You have learned all of this before, I know you have. But it’s possible you didn’t learn it in a way that helps you retain it effectively. Because the color wheel theory should always be at the forefront of your brain while consulting and while formulating, this information needs to be simple, efficient, and accessible for you.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

    • Defining Primary, Secondary, & Tertiary Colors
    • What Opposing Colors Do
    • Identifying Warm & Cool Colors
    • Skin Tone vs the Undertone of Skin
    • Complimenting the Undertone of the Skin
    • Classic Cues for Formulating
    • How the Color Wheel Makes Toning Blondes Simple

Since this is the most basic lesson in the whole curriculum, this one also includes a very valuable bonus at the end regarding two important things about wasting color:

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

This is the one thing that nobody else teaches you! And it is easy.

After purchasing this lesson, my biggest piece of advice is to watch the video first, and then watch it again while answering the workbook questions. It’s important that you actually understand your answers so you can remember this information while working behind the chair.

This Single Lesson Purchase Includes 1 video lesson (28 minutes) and 1 workbook.

*If you’re interested in purchasing all three lessons in Color Theory Review Course, please click here.

Meet Your Teacher

Heather Ward Kepshire, Creator

  • Educated in San Francisco
  • Refined in Boston
  • Thrived Everywhere Else


I’m a hairstylist and a haircolor curriculum creator. I know first hand that none of us receives the haircolor education we thought we would get in Beauty School, no matter how much we paid for it. When I graduated and passed my State Boards I knew virtually nothing about haircolor formulation.


Yet still 15 years later, newly licensed hairstylists continue to struggle like I once did with haircolor formulation because they are not being taught how to formulate haircolor, consult with a client, or build a loyal following.


I am bridging the gap between the Beauty School education you received, and all the things you need to know about haircolor formulation to help you thrive behind the chair quickly.


Every hairstylist deserves the chance to have a profitable career, regardless of the salon they work in or the brand of products they use. If you want to make more money, feel more confident with haircolor formulation, and get so popular with clients you have no choice but to keep raising your prices, you’re in the right place.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts immediately after purchase! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How can color education be brand-neutral?
It’s simple, color theory is just science and rules. Every color line will have their own nuances, but this is all the real information you need to get you up to speed and formulating confidently.

Using the Color Wheel
  • 1 Video Lesson
  • 1 Workbook
Color Theory Review Bundle
  • 3 Video Lessons
  • 3 Workbooks
  • Salon Exercises
12 Lesson Master Class
  • 12 Video Lessons
  • 12 Workbooks
  • 12 Workbook Answer Keys
  • Salon Exercises
  • Model Release Forms
  • Headsheets
  • Color Wheels
  • Underlying Pigment Chart
  • Color Maps