4 @bescene Shadow Root Bleach Retouch Tips
Shadow Root Retouch: Application, Transition & Blending
Your client comes in for a shadow root retouch and full bleach out—where do you start? Linh Phan (aka @bescene on Instagram) is breaking down everything you need to know to slay a shadow root with precise application, transitional blending and how to avoid any unwanted color bleeding.
Get four screenshot-worthy tips below, then watch the FULL step-by-step video for lifetime access to the complete tutorial and @bescene’s most famous metallic formulas.
1. Start Every Bleach Retouch Here
Linh recommends starting any type of bleach retouch in the nape. The nape area is the hardest to lift, so working from the nape to crown will allow you to get maximum lift with minimal processing time. Start by outlining the perimeter, then work horizontally from the nape to crown.
2. Application & Sectioning In The Root Area
This is Linh’s secret to working quickly and more efficiently (even with blonding!)—damp application. Prepping the hair by misting with water helps expedite the root shadow application to ensure that this area processes evenly.
3. Avoid Shadow Root Bleeding
When Linh creates a shadow root that goes into a lighter transitional color on longer lengths, he clips the ends up during the processing time. But how do you avoid the darker shadow root from staining the ends? Linh wraps the top of the head in saran wrap to create a barrier between and prevent bleeding.
4. Achieve A Transitional Blend
Sectioning and placement are key to softly blending the root into a transitional color. That’s why Linh recommends working on a diagonal-back because it creates a softer blend within the two colors.
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