Hair How-To: STARLET – Mary Lee

First created as part of the Essential Looks Glamourous Reality Collection 2/2005, STARLET’s haircut has long, visually blended layers with shorter internal lengths and a mid-length personalized fringe. Blue blacks, intensive violet reds and blond cendré colors are used to compliment both haircut and skin complexion.


Follow the steps below to recreate this iconic look:


Before & After 


Before & After

Colors Used: 

  • COLOR 1 – IGORA VIBRANCE 1-1 + IGORA VIBRANCE Developer Lotion 1.9%
  • COLOR 2 – IGORA ROYAL 9-98 + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 9% 
  • COLOR 3 – IGORA ROYAL 8-1 + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 9% 

Tip: Instead of COLOR 2 mix 2g IGORA ROYAL 9-98 + 20g IGORA ROYAL Opulescence 8-19 + IGORA ROYAL Oil Developer 9%


Step 1 – Section the hair for cutting


Step 1
  • Establish a profile part and isolate the top section 
  • Create a crisscross section at the back, as detailed in the images

Step 2 – Back section 


Step 2
  • Starting with the back sections, elevate hair and trim at 90° to the head
  • Work in slices around the head, leaving the top section untouched for now
  • Connect back sections using a slicing technique, keeping as much length as possible in the outline 

Step 3 – Top section


Step 3
  • Move onto the top section
  • Working from the crown, trim sections pivoting around this focal point
  • Take the middle area as a guide and connect the top and back sections using a slicing technique to create an overhang
  • Work through to the front, over-directing sections back from the hairline

Step 4 – Section the hair for coloring 


Step 4
  • Create a circular section around the crown area as detailed
  • Isolate spiral curved sections around the head

Step 5 – Color circular section 


Step 5
  • Working in back-to-back slices apply colors 1, 2 and 3 from root to ends
  • Work around this section layering colors until complete

Step 6 – Top section 


Step 6
  • Continue to alternate between colors 1, 2 and 3 working through the front and top sections 
  • Develop colorants according to appropriate timings
  • Rinse, then treat hair with BC Color Freeze Shampoo and Conditioner  

Step 7 – Personalized finish


Step 7
  • After blow-drying hair straight, complete the look by point-cutting the fringe and ends for a softer shape and finish  

Explore the Essential Looks collection for the full line-up of IKONIC looks! You can also learn the latest trend-led techniques at a local Schwarzkopf Professional seminar near you!