Australian Icons Series: Candice Johnson's Wave Rock Inspired Hair Look

Artist: Candice Johnson | Model: Bridget McCaffrey

The natural world has always been a great inspiration to artists and at Pulp Riot Australia, that's what hairdressers are. The artist. We challenged eight Pulp Riot Artists to create hair art inspired by Australian landscapes. The art they have produced has been drawn from unique landscapes across Australia and brought to life by the full range of Pulp Riot Colour. From our Direct Dyes, to our permanent hair colour #Faction8, and the new Liquid Demi range.

Today we're taking you to Wave Rock located in Western Australia. Rising 15 metres from the ground and more than 100 metres long, the rock looks like a giant surf wave of multicoloured granite about to crash onto the bush below. It’s believed this amazing formation was more than 2,700 million years in the making. Continue reading to see how Candice brought this landscape to life through hair colour.

Tell us about yourself, career and professional interests.

I have been in the hair industry for over 19 years, and still think it’s the best industry to work in. I started my career at the Aveda institute in SOHO, New York City. After graduating I moved to Chicago to work as a colourist at a top salon eventually working my way up to master colourist and educator. After 10 years on the salon floor, I made a big leap (and long plane ride) to Australia where I have been doing colour education for the past 9 years. Education is so important to me, and it’s so cool I get to share my knowledge with people for a job.

How did you feel about the creative approach to hair colour based on a landmark? More specifically Wave Rock in WA?

I immediately was drawn to the texture, dimension and sandy tones of the wave rock landmark. It translated so well to Bridget's hair having the contrast between light and dark, and giving her those dreamy beige tones.

Tell us about your hair colouring approach to the look and your vision for it. Please provide as much detail on formulation and technique.

Bridget had quite a bit of regrowth and old lightened ends. I knew I wanted a lot more dimension while keeping a bright face frame. I ended up doing up doing freehand low lighting to add depth exactly where I wanted it. I was really inspired by the contrast of the wave rock and loved how it still naturally blended together.

We did a full head of textured highlights with Lightener and 20vol, really focusing around the face to get a bright pop.

We then free hand painted lowlights where I felt the hair needed depth and contrast with the new Liquid Demis:

  • Lowlights 7-8
  • Root shadow 7-0
  • Face frame and mids/ends 9-2 + 0-0

Tell us about your client that you picked for this hair look? Why did you choose her? How did she feel about the hair look?

I knew straight away I wanted to use Bridget as my model. She loves those sandy tones, and I think they work great with her skin tone and eye colour. She was so happy, and especially loved how amazing her hair felt after!

What do you love most about Pulp Riot products?

I love a lot of things about Pulp Riot, but the condition and shine that pulp riot colour gives has to be number one. I always have clients coming back noticing a difference on how their hair has improved using Pulp Riot colour

What Pulp Riot shade and colour family would you love to colour with next?

I’m super excited for the new high speed toners coming soon. Especially the new pale pink! 

What hair trends are you loving right now?

I am loving pastels for summer time! Pulp Riot has such an amazing palette, it allows you to be super creative and make custom colours for your clients.

Follow Candice on Instagram at @rogue_candice

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