Kenra Color 101 | Discover Kenra Color | Kenra Professional

Kenra Color 101 | Discover Kenra Color | Kenra Professional


One of the many things that I love about
the Kenra Color portfolio is that it provides all of the tools needed to
create consistent, reliable results and the thing is is that you can be as
technical or as creative as you’d like. In other words, I could put a shade on a
client for gray coverage and true to tone results or I can mix a combination
of shades for a custom color formulation so whether you’re just out of beauty
school or you are a seasoned stylist with decades of experience we are
confident that Kenra Color will provide you the versatility to create countless
end results. Kenra Color uses a standard alphanumeric shade system. What that
means is if you see a shade such as 6BC that means that the color lives at a
level 6 with a brown copper base. Brown is the dominant pigment in this
situation and copper is the secondary reflection. Our level system is the
degree of lightness and darkness in the hair, minus tone, ranging from levels 1 which
is the darkest form of brown we refer to as black all the way up to level 10
which is the lightest form of brown and we refer to as extra light blonde. Kenra
Color does not recognize level 2 because the human eye cannot differentiate below
levels 3. The Kenra Color portfolio contains permanent and demi-permanent
color options that match each other identically. Some shades come in
permanent, some shades come in demi and some shades come in both forms and
this information can be found in your swatch book. The letters P and/or D
indicate whether the shade comes in permanent and/or demi-permanent and this
makes things even easier for clients that may need both forms in one service.
Let’s take a look at a few of our shade offerings to give you a few insights on
some key Kenra Color points. First, we’ll take a look at our N series. I would
like to point out that our N Series stands for natural and not neutral. There
is a difference. When we think about neutral we think about maybe an equal
balance of cool and warm, right? Well Kenra’s Natural Series is calibrated
with the correct levels of red, blue and yellow all three primary pigments to
cover gray at the level you’re applying it to for a beautiful natural end result. The N Series is necessary for great
coverage so what that means is with Kenra Color you can use the N Series
our natural series, the Natural Ash Series which is slightly cooler. The
Natural Brown Series which is slightly warmer and our NUA Series, Natural Ultra
Ash, which is noticeably cooler. You can use these shades as standalone colors or
mix them with any other shade in our portfolio depending on the percentage of
gray to achieve that gray coverage. Now, shades within as the second letter
provide enhanced gray coverage on a client who is up to 75% gray. For clients
with a hundred percent gray additional N Series will be needed to achieve gray
coverage. One of my other favorites in the Kenra Color portfolio is the Ash
Series and the reason I love it so much is that it has also been calibrated to
make things easier for us the stylists. Some color lines contain a green based
ash system from levels one to ten and some color lines contain a blue based
ash system from levels one to ten but those don’t necessarily cancel out
warmth at the level that it needs to be applied to. So Kenra Color has calibrated
the Ash Series to contain slight amounts of green at the lower levels, blue at the
mid-range and violet at the higher levels because that’s exactly what’s
necessary to cancel out warmth at the level you’re applying it to. Depending on
skin tone or eye color your client may absolutely need warm shades to
complement their features. Kenra’s G Series is amazing and provides rich, warm
gold tones without translating to brass and can be used for filling, gray
blending or reflective gray coverage. The most common ask from a red haired client
usually pertains to vibrancy and longevity, am I right?
Well, Kenra’s Red Series is highly pigmented and the double Reds or the RR
Series actually contains a combination of both direct and indirect dyes so you
not only get an internal saturation of color at the cortex layer but you also
get that extra kick of vibrancy and longevity
on the cuticle. The Kenra Color Metallic Series offers a versatile array of
possibilities that every stylist can benefit from not only can you achieve
beautiful silvers and violets on top of pre-lightened hair but in the permanent
line you can also use them to neutralize unwanted pigment. The Silver Metallic
Series, for example, a blue blue-violet base comes in at level 7, 8 and 10 and at
those levels you have the coolest shades in our portfolio making it perfect for
neutralizing warmth. In addition to the silver metallic series we also have the
violet metallics and rose metallics not only for standalone coverage but also in
a custom shade formulation that both you and your client will love. Now I’d like
to introduce you to the Kenra Color wheel and as you can see there’s quite a
bit going on here so let’s take a look at what it all means. The Kenra Color
Wheel is here in full spectrum containing primary, secondary and
tertiary colors and you can see where the Kenra Color shades lie in each of
them if we look at the inner circle we see shades that have brown as a dominant
pigment or secondary reflection based off of where they lie on the outer wheel.
You can use this information to properly formulate for your client by looking at
what shades live opposite from each other on the color wheel to neutralize
unwanted warmth. Also, shades that live closer to the center of the circle mean
that they are a darker shade whereas shades that live on the outer rim mean
that they are lighter. Sometimes we come across clients who take differently or
unevenly to hair color. We also know that extra porous hair can sometimes make the
hair take extra dark or even more drab. For this reason Kenra Color created
Porosity Equalizing Spray. An acidic aloe based formulation that
will help even out the porosity and the canvas before applying demi-permanent or
permanent color. This is especially useful for over-processed blondes and I
love the fine mist application that it provides. We hope this gives you a good
foundation into the basics of Kenra Color. There are many other tools and
shade options in the portfolio for you to create custom color formulations with
your client. Be sure to check out the other videos in the Kenra Color 101
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26 Comments

  1. I am based in South Africa. Do you have this brand in South Africa? I have been watching your videos and what a great teachings of colour techniques and the results are always amazing. Looking to introduce this colour line in my salon..

  2. I am self-taught and without videos like this I wouldn't be as advanced as I am making a living off of what I've learned on YouTube and Instagram

  3. I love that Kenra goes above and beyond to educate stylists! I am making the switch to Kenra. All the colors I’ve tried so far have been gorgeous! Could really use a swatch book though 🀩

  4. About to start beauty school, and would love to get started by learning with the Kenra swatch book. I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life πŸ”₯

  5. I loved how informative this video was! I’m finishing up my time at PMTS Portland and cannot wait to get my hands on some Kenra colors as a licensed color specialist

  6. I Love Kenra and its versatility … I love love their demi as well such awesome play colors … I love how many colors i can find im both a demi and perm … Kenra is just awesome !!!

  7. I work with kenra color, and I just love it so much! Last long, incredibly shiny, and ashes my blondes so beautifully!

  8. My color book is so old and missing lots of shades I would LOVEEEE a new one!! These videos are so awesome it’s such a good refresher even for us stylists who have been using kenra for years!

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