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October 27, 2022

4 Lowlight Placement Hacks To Create Dimension

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @colorbymarina

4 Smart Tips To Add Depth To Blondes & Brondes

Your client’s fall and winter request list calls for rich chocolatey brunettes, caramel balayage and bright brondes. So, what’s the secret to transitioning them into something deeper WITHOUT losing the bright blonde ribbons you created all summer? Placement.

 

Keep reading for pro lowlighting tips to create internal depth, keep the hairline bright and maintain dimension.

 

1. Do THIS when lowlighting

Let’s start with formulation: For clients who are seasonal chameleons, try adding lowlights with a demi-permanent gloss. Using a demi versus a permanent color gives you a more natural fade-out, providing you with a cleaner canvas if your client wants to be bright and blonde again.

 

Lowlight Cheat Sheet: 3 Tips From Marina Sellecchia (@colorbymarina):

  • To make lowlights pop, Marina takes thick weaves in her sections.
  • Alternate pulling lowlights midway and all the way through to create a more natural look.
  • Use a foil board when painting to increase support and control.

 

Click the beaker to get Marina’s lowlight formula!

marina Sellecchia lowlight bronde blonde formula
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  • Formula A (face-frame highlights)

    Moroccanoil® Blonde Voyage Lightener + developer

  • Formula B (lowlight):

    Moroccanoil® Color Calypso Demi-Permanent Color 6N + 6G

  • Formula C (color melt):

    Color Calypso Demi-Permanent Color 5N + 6N + 6G + 9N + 8G + a splash of 10VC

Photo Credit: Instagram via @colorbymarina

 

Get Marina’s go-to gloss: Click here!

 

2. Creating dimension using one color—wait, what?!

When transitioning from bright blonde to a rich, dimensional brunette—you don’t always need multiple formulas. Moroccanoil® Global Color Ambassador and #ONESHOT Balayage and Color Video Winner Jessica Scott (@jessicascotthair) shared this cheat sheet that calls for only ONE color formula.

 

Get the how-to steps below!

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  • Starting Level/Desired Goal: Jessica’s client has a cool base, doesn’t want her ends to be too warm or to lose dimension.
  • Step 1: Start by coloring the underneath dark with Formula A (below) and leave out pieces of blonde, especially near the hairline.
  • Step 2: Process for 10 minutes and apply the same color to the left-out pieces before processing another 10 minutes.
  • Step 3: Rinse, wash and apply a protective leave-in like the Moroccanoil® Treatment. Style as desired.

moroccanoil color demi permanent gloss toner brunette with dimension formula step by step jessicascotthair
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Click the beaker to get Jessica’s formula!

jessica scott before and after transformation brunette rich dimension moroccanoil color
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  • Formula A (color):

    Moroccanoil® 30g 5.0 Color Calypso Demi-Permanent Color + Moroccanoil® 6g Color Infusion Pure Color Mixers Yellow

Photo Credit: Instagram via @jessicascotthair

 

3. Here’s a hack to create internal depth, but keep ends bright!

When painting lowlights, Jessica leaves out the prelightened ends to keep her blondes bright while creating pockets of dimension.

 

Pro Tip: To avoid an unnatural-looking lowlight, be sure to use a shade that’s the same level or lighter than the client’s base.

moroccanoil color lowlight placement dimensional blonde formula jessica scott hair
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Photo Credit: Instagram via @jessicascotthair

 

4. Does your bronde client want a bright hairline? Do THIS…

If you want to make the hairline pop, section it off and apply your toner to the hairline in the last five minutes of processing. “This will keep it brighter than the rest of the hair”, says Lisa Mathews (@hairbylisamatthews).

hairbylisamathews lisa mathews moroccanoil color bronde brunette bright hairline toning tip
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  • Formula A (toner):

    Moroccanoil® Color Calypso Demi-Permanent Color 9V + 10VB

Photo Credit: Instagram via @hairbylisamathews

 

Looking for a way to brighten a client with a dark base while keeping it natural? Get the formula here!

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  • Formula A (lightener)

    Moroccanoil® Blonde Voyage Powder Lightener + 20-volume

     

     

  • Formula B (lightener)

    Moroccanoil® Blonde Voyage Powder Lightener + 30-volume developer

     

     

  • Formula C (global gloss)

    Moroccanoil® Color Calypso Demi Permanent Gloss 15g 10.3 + 15g 10.2 + 30g Color Calypso Demi Permanent Gloss Activator

     

     

  • Formula D (shadow root)

    Moroccanoil® Color Calypso Demi Permanent Gloss 7g 5.0 + 7g 6.17 + 14g Color Calypso Demi Permanent Gloss Activator

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