Cosmetology: Strand Test

Tools and Materials required for Strand Test:
  • Spray water bottle
  • Shampoo
  • Waterproof cape
  • Towels
  • Protective gloves
  • Plastic clips
  • Color brushes
  • Selected haircolor
  • Applicator brush or bottle
  • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
  • Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  • Client record card
  • Hydrogen peroxide developer


  1. Client consultation: examine the scalp and hair.
  2. Drape your client.
  3. Take a ½ inch strand of hair in the lower crown for the strand test.
  4. Apply color: place foil under the strand and apply color mixture.
  5. Check the hair strand at five minute intervals for development until desired affect is achieved; note timing.
  6. Shampoo the strand: remove the foil, place a towel under the strand and spray with water, add shampoo, massage, rinse, and pat - dry the strand.
  7. Make adjustments where necessary to achieve the desired color.