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The Palm Painting technique

We’ve seen the colour cap, a head full of foils and freehand painting… but can Palm Painting really work?

Created by Brazilian colourist Marcus Verissimo, the Palm Painting technique ditches all the usual paraphernalia that comes with colouring. It’s just the client’s hair, Marcus’s artistic eye and his professional palms. It cuts colour waiting time down by at least 40 minutes and gives him a total hands-on approach to colour. By picking out the lighter areas, Marcus works on enhancing and lifting, delivering a softer, uncontrived effect.  Palm Painting produces a gentle, more unaffected appearance, avoiding any harsh, angular foil lines.

“This technique means I have to look at my client’s hair as a whole, rather than decompartmentalising. I need to work in natural light, so I can see my client’s head shape and the natural pigment of the hair colour. With foils you have a method, a pattern. I gradually tease colour through the mid-lengths to the tips of the hair using my palm. Compared to finger painting, the palm is a larger surface area, so the colour is less bitty; it’s more free-flowing and kinder on the eye. But Palm Painting does break all these rules. It’s not for every colourist…”