Just highlights!

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I have a lot of clients who come in wishing for these bright silvery creamy blondes and I’ve recently put a lot of time into researching how to keep and maintain those looks so I’ve changed my approach to getting them there in the first place.

Two years ago if this girl had come in wanting to look all over lighter blonde I would have done a “bleach and tone” over her whole head and hoped for the best given the uneven coloring to start with. I probably would have ended up needing to tone it darker than we would want to cover golden and red lines that would likely appear.

Now I take a totally different approach. I’ve been doing almost all my “all over blondes” with highlights instead, and only toning when totally necessary. Thanks to Olaplex I’ve been able to comfortable overlap lightener with low volume developer on pre lightened ends to really breakthrough existing color, and been able to apply higher volume formulas inside my foils in uncolored dark sections.

I can’t argue with the results I’ve been getting. They show up great in photos and are a LOT less likely to pull unwanted warm tones that can’t be controlled. The color blend as they grow out is a huge game changer for a lot of my girls. Being able to go longer between appointments saves them so much money and time.

Bigger, Blonder, Better…

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This blonde beauty always brings a huge smile to my face. She’s a mom, and a business boss lady, and an all around bad ass with a heart of gold.

Between baby hair shedding and some accidentally overlapped highlighting effects the front layers of her hair were not the same thickness as they had been in the past.

This quick fix was done using 20 pieces of tape-in hair extensions, just 5 finished pieces on each side!

It’s really cool what a difference such a seemingly small change can make.

Corrective Color; Balayage Edition

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This was a fun day of color correction work.

Typically I try to keep my color processes down to one pattern based step and one back bar step, and I was so excited to be able to nail this color change that way as well.

It required some planning and a willingness to spend a lot, and i do mean A LOT, of time on working the new balayage pattern of lightener and medium brown color through her hair. The great thing was that once that was done and processed it was a cinch to tone her in the bowl. I mixed two levels of lightener as well as two shades of brown and interwove them to create a new base pattern and blend her roots while getting rid of the red band in her hair, then at the bowl we were able to tone her with a smokey blonde formula from Goldwell Colorance.

I’m really pleased by the end result.