Standard Color Applications: Add approximately 13 drops of Xcel to standard color
mixture and mix thoroughly. (Standard mixture is 1 1/2 oz. color and 1 1/2 oz. developer.
For mixtures over 3 oz. total, add 18 to 20 drops of Xcel). Apply to the roots. Place
plastic cap (with approximately 10 holes in cap) over hair, making sure the temples are
covered. Place client under pre-heated warm, not hot, dryer for 4 to 10 minutes (if hair
is resistant, let process for about 5 more minutes, see below for gray hair). Remove cap,
add about 4 or 5 more drops of Xcel to the remaining color mixture, and pull color
through the ends ...leave on hair 4 to 5 minutes (without using dryer). Rinse and lightly
*When coloring extra dry hair, use approximately 20 drops of Xcel in standard
mixture and 25 drops in mixtures over 3 oz. total for added protection, conditioning
Follow standard color procedures and substitute number of drops used and amount of processing
time as specified:
Gray Hair: When hair is 70 to 100% gray and resistant, it may be necessary to load the hair dye. This means
altering the color to peroxide ratio. For instance, instead of 2 oz. color, 2 oz. peroxide use 2 oz. color,
1 3/4 oz. peroxide or I 1/2 oz. peroxide. This raises the amount of ammonia available in the mixture and also
increases the density of the dye. Add 18 to 20 drops of Xcel to color mixture. Use only warm, not hot, dryer
(with plastic cap) for 10 to 12 minutes.
Hi Lift Applications: Use 18 to 20 drops of Xcel with color mixture. More time is usually needed under the
dryer (always use plastic cap)...Check at 12 to 15 minutes. Allow full 5 minute cool down.
Weaving With Foil: Add about 18 to 20 drops of Xcel to color mixture. Because the mixture sits for more
than 20 minutes, it may be necessary to mix a fresh batch of color. (The drops will be overpowered by the
ammonia). Place client under warm dryer (without plastic cap) for 6 to 12 minutes. Test the foil packets
frequently, beginning at 5 minutes.
Use With Bleach: (without foils): Add about 18 to 20 drops of Xcel to mixture, use plastic cap and place
client under low pre-heated dryer. Check in 5 minutes, processing usually takes 6 to 12 minutes. *When
bleaching extra dry hair, use about 25 to 30 drops of Xcel.
Semi- & Demi-Permanent Colors: The processing time may not be drastically reduced, however the
condition of the hair will be greatly improved and the color will last longer. Follow the standard color directions.
Depending on the brand of color used, processing time usually takes 10 to 20 minutes, although some colors
have processed in just 4 minutes.
Reds: Some reds may develop one shade lighter. Most color lines are not affected. If you find your reds are
developing lighter, drop one level lower. For instance, to achieve a level 8, drop to a level 7. Results will be
the same as a level 8.
Use With Perms: Xcel can be used with perms for added conditioning and moisturizing, resulting in
healthier, softer, shinier hair. Add approximately 10 drops of Xcel to the neutralizer, shake well, and apply as
per perm instructions.