Hair Cocktailing: What is it? How Do We Do It?

Cocktailing 101: On The Menu…

Martini: dry, wet, shaken, or stirred: Much the same way a drink is prepared to suit a client’s individual taste, hair cocktailing is tailored to the particular needs and condition of your ‘do. A jigger of this, a splash of that – before you know it, you’ve got a formula for intoxicatingly beautiful hair.

Mixologist: Cherry Petenbrink / Joico International Guest Artist

Words of Wisdom: “When cocktailing your hair products, always test a small amount of your products in your hand first; viscosity, texture, and ingredients don’t always play well together. Also be cautious of mixing “stylers” and “finishers,” as these products play very different roles in the success of your finished look. Foam/oil, cream/oil, and foam/lotion are usually winners. Save the texture sprays, salt sprays, and hairsprays for layering rather than cocktailing.”

“Rise & Shine”

Recipe: One of my favorite cocktails for insanely shiny, smooth blowouts — especially on blondes, balayage, and highlights — is Blonde Life Violet Brilliant Tone Smoothing Foam mixed with Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil. Use palm size pumps of foam and 1 – 3 drops of oil, depending on hair length and thickness. Mix together in the palm of your hands and apply to damp hair, from mids to ends. Brush through to evenly distribute. Blowdry to desired style. Blonde Life Violet Brilliant Tone Smoothing Foam will still create volume, while smoothing hair for a frizz-free finish. Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Oil has amazing ingredients, like bond-building Arginine, Monoi and Tamanu oils, which provide added shine and hydration to dull hair; and temporarily smooth split ends.

“Night Cap”

Recipe: I love a nighttime mask for hair repair while you sleep. Use 1 – 3 drops of Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil and a quarter-size amount of Defy Damage Protective Masque. Leave in overnight to keep hair moisturized, less frizzy, and perfect for next-day styling.

“Full-Strength Infusion”

Recipe: For hair that’s in desperate and vulnerable hair in need of strengthening, Defy Damage Protective Shield is my go-to ingredient. This essential leave-in crème protects from UV, thermal, and environmental damage. Cocktail a few pumps with Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil and you have a dream concoction that will restore, create shine, and protect hair both during and after styling!