TCA, The Color and Lightener Accelerator Original Clear Formula With The Gold Cap

Size: 1.25 ounce

TCA, The Color and Lightener Accelerator - Original Clear Formula with the Gold Cap, processes with low heat in just 4-10 minutes! Work with permanent color, semi-permanent color, demi color, bleach, foil & high lift applications in half the time when added to any manufacturer’s color or lightening product. 

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The Color Accelerator, TCA, is a hair color additive that slows down the processing of hydrogen peroxide while driving color molecules deeper into the hair shaft. The formula's antioxidant (Vitamin E) allows TCA to help develop the color molecules completely in less time while Jojoba Oil condition & moisturize the hair & scalp.

SKU: 32701

Speeds Up Processes - Can be used with or without heat to cut processing times by 1/2 to 2/3. Useful for time crunches or working with multiple clients.

Works With Everything - Use with any manufacturer's color/bleach. Use same measurements as well.

Eliminates Fade-Out - Holds color in the hair for a longer duration along with extending the colors life.

Deep Conditions - Leave hair shiny and in super condition by moisturizing the hair and scalp with a deep conditioner treatment.


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Full Directions

Process color the way you normally would to give you the benefits of TCA. Eliminates fadeout provides better gray coverage on resistant heads and leaves hair in great condition. After applying color with TCA drops added, cover the hair with a plastic cap (no holes) to cut the processing time in half using BODY HEAT. After applying color with TCA drops added, punch 16 holes into a plastic cap with a tail comb, apply cap and place client under a LOW HEAT dryer. Processing should be completed in 10-15 minutes. No need for heat during cool down period while refreshing ends.


2 oz / 60 ml add 10 drops * 3 oz / 90 ml add 13 drops

4 oz / 120 ml add 17 drops * 5 oz / 150 ml add 19 drops

6 oz / 180 ml add 22-25 drops

Additional Uses

Perm & Wave Services- TCA eliminates curl relaxation & super conditions for shiny and resilient curls.
Foils, Hi-Lifts & Lighteners– Add TCA to the neutralizing shampoo to condition and to avoid that mushy, hyper-elastic state.
Deep Conditioning Spa Treatment– For the best moisturizing conditioning pack, mix 20-25 drops with two ounces of conditioner & let the client sit under a low heat dryer for 10 minutes. The results are amazing!
Resistant Grays– TCA aids in gray coverage. For super resistant gray, add TCA with our Gray Oxidizing Drops (G.O.D.) to your formula. Use The Resistant Assistant (TRA) prior to color services for trouble spots.

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Customer reviews
Just as described. Love that it cutes the processing time and half! What a time saver and so worth the price if you dye your hair or others often. Not ideal for 1 or 2 use since bottle has many drops. Use as the label states...but to admit...i used an extra 3 drops haha. Would buy again and would recommend for others who also do their own hair as I do.
— Monica (Verified Customer)
Time is money, and you literally can process your colors so much faster with these drops. My clients notice when I run out of drops. They don’t want to sit here for longer. Get the drops and make everyone happy!
— Julia S. (Verified Customer)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is TCA - The Color and Lightener Accelerator and what is it used for?

TCA is a product designed to speed up the processing time of hair color and lightener formulas, allowing for faster and more efficient color development. It can be used to enhance the performance of hair color and lightener products and improve overall color results.

How can TCA benefit me and my clients?

TCA can benefit both you and your clients by reducing the processing time of hair color and lightener formulas, which can save time and increase efficiency in the salon. This can lead to greater client satisfaction and increased revenue for your salon.

Can you use TCA with lightener?

Yes, TCA is lightener safe and can speed the process of lightening up. Along the side of the box will be measurements on how much you should mix.

Do I have to change my formula to use TCA?

No, you do not have to change your formula brand or the amount used in order to use TCA. It is simply a color additive.

Is TCA safe to use with heat?

Absolutely. In fact, using heat (foils, heat lamp, etc.) may cut processing time down even further depending how fast you need it done.

How do I use TCA in my hair color and lightener formulas?

To use TCA, simply add a small amount of the product to your hair color or lightener formula and mix thoroughly. The amount of TCA to add will depend on the hair type, desired level of color penetration, and the specific hair color or lightener brand being used.

Is TCA safe to use on all hair types?

TCA is generally safe to use on most hair types, but it is important to perform a patch test before using the product to identify any potential allergic reactions or skin sensitivities.

How does TCA affect the processing time of hair color and lightener formulas?

Adding TCA to hair color and lightener formulas can significantly reduce the processing time of the product. It is important to monitor the color development and processing time closely to achieve the desired results.

Can TCA be used with all hair color and lightener brands?

TCA can be used with most hair color and lightener brands, but it is important to check the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for usage to ensure compatibility.

Are there any precautions I should take when using TCA?

When using TCA, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for usage. It is also important to avoid getting the product in the eyes or mouth. If this happens, rinse thoroughly with water. Additionally, it is recommended to use gloves when handling the product to avoid skin irritation or sensitivities.

When doing a regrowth color, how do you process the mid length & ends according to time?

If using separate formulas or two bowls: Mix TCA separately, and if using a cap,½ the normal processing time, if using cap and low heat, 1/3 of the time with a cool down of 5 minutes.

Can you include TCA if you are mixing a fashion tone and no base for mid length and ends?

Yes, its all natural oils that will add all the benefits except for the faster processing time unless you use a cap or low heat.

How do you use TCA in relation to perms?

TCA would be used in the Neutralizer to give better perm retention.

How do you use TCA with bleach and scalp bleach?

Same as color, Cap (Body Heat) – ½ the time. Cap w/ Low Heat – 1/3 of the time. Typically 17-20 drops in the lightener & peroxide.

What happens by slowing down  the hydrogen peroxide process?

It allows the color to process more evenly, penetrate better, and last longer.

How does it eliminate fading of color?

It eliminates residual peroxide which causes hair to fade.

How does TCA improve grey coverage?

When using a cap or low heat the cuticle opens to allow color to penetrate deeper. It will give a longer lasting color result and because of the proprietary blend of oils and extreme condition. This allows you to safely use heat with hair color.

How long is cooling down periods? 

Usually 5 Minutes

How many drops are in a milliliter?

Approximately 20 drops

How does it work as an intense moisturizing treatment?

The proprietary blend of oils, highest grade of Vitamin E, olive oil, and Jojoba oils mixed with the conditioner gives an amazing intense treatment. For better results use 20 drops to 2-4oz of conditioner.

How does it slow down the hydrogen peroxide process?

It allows you to use heat safely with its proprietary blend of oils, which in turn allows the color to penetrate deeper for more condition, longer lasting results, aids in grey coverage, and less fade out.

How does it improve grey coverage & prevent fading?

The proprietary blend of oils allows the color to penetrate deeper and in return longer lasting color, better condition, less fade out and more vibrancy!  Again, think regular TV vs a High Def TV. 

How does it prevent curl relaxation?

When added to the neutralizer it aids in the chemical process to allow the neutralizer to penetrate better with the oils.

Does external heat have any negatives to the color process?

When using TCA, NO. The proprietary blend of oils protects the hair when the cuticle is opened when using heat. This allows the color to penetrate deeper and in return longer lasting color, better condition, less fade out and more vibrancy!  Again, think regular TV vs a High Def TV.