Nika Activators Application Guide

Materials Needed:

  • Nika Activator (appropriate volume)
  • Nika color cream
  • Non-metallic mixing bowl
  • Tint brush
  • Gloves
  • Timer
  • Shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair


  • Determine the desired color result and hair condition to select the correct volume of Nika Activator.
  • Mix Nika Activator with Nika color cream in a non-metallic bowl following the recommended ratio (usually 1:1 or as specified by the product instructions).
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands during the application process.

Choosing the Right Nika Activator:

  • Activator 5 vol. (1.5%) for toning or minimal lifting on fine or delicate hair.
  • Activator 10 vol. (3%) for darkening or covering gray hair without significant lifting.
  • Activator 20 vol. (6%) for standard coloring processes, lifting up to two levels.
  • Activator 30 vol. (9%) for lightening hair up to three levels, suitable for balayage or highlighting.
  • Activator 40 vol. (12%) for maximum lifting, up to four levels, best used for major color changes.


  • Apply the mixture to dry, unwashed hair starting from the roots for new color or regrowth, moving through to the ends where necessary.
  • Use the tint brush for an even application, ensuring all hair strands are well coated.
  • Divide the hair into sections to ensure thorough coverage.
  • Leave the mixture on hair for the recommended development time, which varies based on the desired color intensity and the volume of Activator used.


  • After the development time, emulsify the color by wetting the hair slightly and massaging the scalp and hair.
  • Rinse the hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  • Wash the hair with a shampoo for color-treated hair, followed by a conditioner to lock in moisture and color vibrancy.

Post-Treatment Care:

  • Avoid washing hair for at least 24-48 hours to allow color to settle.
  • Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated hair to maintain color vibrancy and hair health.
  • Limit the use of heat styling tools and always apply a heat protectant to prevent color fading.
  • Schedule touch-up applications for regrowth as needed, typically every 4-6 weeks.