Smoke and Mirrors: Purple Reign

Luminous purple hues, powered by VIBES Smoke.

Work by L’ANZA Healing Artist Level 1: Hai Tran: @haitran


When used alone, VIBES Smoked creates intense depth and darkness, without the permanence of black. Our Smoke and Mirrors concept colors can be blended with any VIBES shade, SMOKE is the key to achieving opulent jewel tones or a muted, antique effect. High-Impact Dye Technology provides incredible shine, with lasting, mirror-reflective results.



Formula Information

Re-growth Area: 5NV + Demi Healing Color Developer

Formula 1:  VIBES Smoke

Formula 2:  40g VIBES Smoke + 10g VIBES Magenta

Formula 3:  VIBES Magenta

Step 1: After removing previously colored hair, perform a complete Ultimate Treatment

Step 2: Apply the Re-growth area formula to the re-touch area.

Step 3: Rinse, then applied Color Attach Step 1.

Step 4: Foil in VIBES Magenta, taking fine to medium sections.

Step 5: Apply pure VIBES Smoke on the roots, then blended down Formula 2 at various lengths.

Step 6: Apply pure VIBES Magenta at the ends, overlapping some of Formula 2.

Step 7: Shampoo and condition with Keratin Healing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, then apply Color Attach Step 2.


Hair was styled to L’ANZA perfection using Root Effects, Foundation Mousse, and Keratin Healing Oil Lustrous Spray.  For the finishing touch: a generous mist of Color Illuminator.

Go Green with L’ANZA VIBES!


Advanced Healing Artist Catlin Weston is back with another creation using VIBES High-Impact Hair Color. Inspired by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, and her client who requested hair “like the color of a blade of grass in Fall, with accents of a unique blue”.



Get Catlin’s unique technique below!

Inspiration: PANTONE Greenery with L’ANZA VIBES


30g Healing Color Powder Decolorizer + 60 Volume Healing Color Developer



Green VIBES: 20g Yellow + 15g Blue + 10g Clear

VIBES: Equal parts Blue + Teal

Artist Note: To create variation in depth and tone, do not mix the two shades together completely.

Model Began with a Natural Level 7 Hair

Step 1: Start with a heavy Balayage of the Decolorizer Formula.  Turn brush perpendicular to make peaks and valleys higher toward the face, cascading back.  Apply lighter to ends, peaking higher toward the face. Process until hair reaches a Level 9, and rinse.

Cleanse and condition with Healing ColorCare Shampoo and Conditioner.

Step 2: Beginning on a diagonal, take ½” sections in back-to-back foils and Balayage Green VIBES Formula, peaking higher, toward the face.

Step 3:  Using your own creativity, apply Blue VIBES Formula visually to accent the all-over color.  For every 2 BLUE foils, apply 1 TEAL foil.  (Remember: Blue and Teal are not completely mixed!)  Process for 15 minutes.

Step 4: At the color bowl, apply Green VIBES Formula over the entire head while other foils are processing, leave in for another 10 minutes, and rinse.

Cleanse and condition with Healing ColorCare Shampoo and Conditioner.

About the Artist

Advanced Healing Artist Catlin Weston entered the world of professional hair design in 2003.  With a passion for fashion, Catlin has been the trusted Lead Stylist for the Twin Cities’ largest fashion shows, Voltage Fashion Amplified and Retro Rama, eight years running.  She traveled to New York to style Fashion Week in 2010, and supported the L’ANZA Global Creative Team at the House of HARBISON shows at New York Fashion Week in 2015.  Behind the camera, Catlin’s looks can be seen on the pages of local fashion and lifestyle magazines like, City Pages, Metro, Minnesota Bride and L’etoile.

Wherever she goes, Catlin’s first love is taking care of her clients.  Specializing in curly hair, color, event and bridal styling, Catlin’s second home is Evolution Salon, L’ANZA’s first Healing Center, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Follow Catlin on Instagram @catallyn



Model Began with a Starting Level 4

Smoking Hot Tips:

  • When working with SMOKE (or any blue-based tone), hair must be lifted to a “cool canvas” Level 9-10. Since any residual yellow in the hair will shift SMOKE from a gray steel color toward a greener slate tone (fading further green), you must counter-balance any remaining yellow undertones by adding 1g – 5g of VIOLET to your formula, for every 30g of SMOKE. Process for 30 minutes.
  • Always conduct a strand test prior to application, so you can ensure the best possible results for your clients’ individual hair needs.
  • If Smoke fades to green we recommend removing it with the Beauty Bath medium and adding more violet to the mixture upon re-application.



Pre & Post Service:

Color Attach Step 1: Pre-Color Service

Color Attach Step 2: Post-Color Service


Decolorizer Formula:

30g Healing Cream Decolorizer + 30g 20 Volume Healing Color Developer


Beauty Bath (Mild Formula):

30g Healing Color-Cleansing Shampoo + 30g Powder Decolorizer + 30g Water (Warm) + 5g Trauma Treatment


VIBES Glaze Formula:

16g VIBES Smoke + 90g VIBES Clear


VIBES Accent Colors:

20g VIBES Smoke (separate mixture)

5g VIBES Blue



Step 1 – Begin applying the Decolorizer Formula to new growth area. Then brighten previous lightened ends with a mild Beauty Bath. Process until all hair reaches Level 9, then rinse.


Step 2 – Perform an Ultimate Treatment Using 1-pump Strength Booster, 1-pump Volume Booster and 1-pump Moisture Booster, then blow-dry.


Step 3 – Spray Color Attach: Step 1 throughout hair.  Then, complete an all-over application with Vibes Glaze Formula. Process for 30 minutes, then rinse. Cleanse with Healing ColorCare Shampoo, and blow-dry.

Step 4 – Spray Color Attach: Step 1 throughout hair and comb through. Part head in half. Where hair is heaviest, part that side into a flat moon-shape, the length of the parietal ridge. In back-to- back foils, apply VIBES Accent Colors using the VIBES Sponge Brush to create softness with saturation. Start application with VIBES Smoke, then outline each section using VIBES Blue. Exercise your creativity and design your own unique placement pattern!

Step 5 – In the nape area, divide the back in half. From the center part, take a heavy triangle to the back of the right and left ear, and continue application. There will be a total of 4 foils on each side of the nape, and 3-4 on top of the head.


Step 6 – Process for 30 minutes, then rinse, cleanse, and condition with Healing ColorCare Shampoo & Conditioner. Spray Color Attach: Step-2 into towel-dried hair and comb through.




Use L’ANZA Color Films while applying VIBES Accent Colors to monitor processing and color placement.

L’ANZA UK Celebrates Glasgow’s Top Talent

More than 100 hairstylists gathered in Glasgow for Scotland’s most exciting event of the year – the annual L’ANZA Photographic Competition Awards Ceremony!  Hosted at the prestigious Corinthian Club, guests were treated to an inspiring presentation from international platform artist Natasja Keijzer, as they eagerly awaited the unveiling of this year’s winner.


To enter the competition, stylists were challenged to unify the essence of today’s trends into a wearable salon look prepped, styled, and finished entirely with L’ANZA Healing Haircare.  The competition ran throughout Scotland this Autumn, and was an opportunity for stylists to showcase their unique definition of beautiful, on-trend L’ANZA hair!  Anonymous entries were judged by the L’ANZA Global Creative Team.


And the Winner Is…

Taking home the trophy for the third consecutive year: Victoria Taylor from Oxygen in Aberdeen!  Nabbing the Runner-Up slot was Kelly Love from Myles Retson in Larbet, with a Highly Commended nod going to Zara Pirie from Silk in Paisley.


As well as celebrating the winners, L’ANZA congratulates everyone that entered and attended the event, for sharing their creativity, skill, and success throughout the year.

Healing Center Spotlight | Salon Bleu

salon%20bleuStylist Desiree Brown wanted to bring a new level of artistry and education to her town. Fueled by a passion for hairdressing and helping others grow, Desiree founded Salon Bleu. Located in Columbus, Georgia the salon is staffed with a handpicked team of talented artists who collectively ensure every client receives exceptional service – every time.


Sprawling 2600 square feet, the 8-chair salon maintains a unique loft-style layout. Adorning the salon’s center is a circular Color Bar, where clients gather and socialize while receive an array of services. Big enough for eight, the Color Bar offers perfect lighting to capture true color hues, without the need step outside.


Long before launching Salon Bleu, stylist Desiree Brown tried L’ANZA Healing Color on her own hair. Amazed by the performance, she became a devoted L’ANZA user.  When Desiree prepared to jump from stylist to salon owner, she immediately knew L’ANZA would be her partner brand.   “We love L’ANZA and thoroughly enjoy the education they provide, and all the personal attention we receive”, says Desiree.


Thanks to a strong focus on retail education and professional services like Ultimate Treatment and Emergency Service, Salon Bleu’s profits are currently up from last year, and continue to surpass expectations.  Brand Consultant Aubrey Hill is thrilled with their success, and always looks forward to a visit with Desiree and her team.  Aubrey beams, “They are so welcoming! They always treat me like one of the family.”


Salon Bleu | 2979 N. Lake Parkway | Columbus, GA 31909 | 706.257.5096 |




Salon Bleu Business-Building Tip: Give first-time clients a complimentary experience of an Ultimate Treatment of Emergency Service.  Discuss the incredible benefits to the hair while performing the treatment, and explain the regular cost attached. They will enjoy the extra pampering, and the transformative hair results will inspire them to make treatments a regular add-on service!

Top L’ANZA Products

Trauma Treatment, Neem Plant Silk Serum, Design Foam, Dramatic FX, Beach Spray