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Last updated: April 07, 2023

4 Mistakes When Lifting Platinum Blondes + How To Fix Them

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What’s the secret to achieving the perfect platinum blonde? Lifting to a clean Level 10. But if you’re struggling to achieve that pale yellow canvas every platinum client craves—we’re here to help. 2019 #ONESHOT Platinum Finalist and blonding expert Rachel Williams (@rachelwstylist) broke down four common lifting mistakes and easy fixes for each and we are sharing it all below—with video tutorials! 


Scroll down to learn Rachel’s secret for keeping platinum clients healthy before and after lifting, how to avoid banding and why indirect sunlight isn’t just for photos! 


Rachel uses the K18 Hair Repair System to strengthen, protect and repair platinum clients through every step of their color service. // Instagram via @rachelwstylist


Mistake #1: Only protecting the hair when lifting  

Solution: Protect & treat the hair before toning for long-lasting color

Treating the hair when lifting is a must—but Rachel also treats and protects her platinum clients before and after toning to avoid fast-fading toners and maintain strong, healthy strands. Check out Rachel’s two-step system below:


  • Before lightening, prep with K18 Hair Professional Hair Molecular Hair Repair Mist by spraying on dry hair section by section. 
  • After cleansing, Rachel applies the Leave-In Molecular Repair Mask from K18 Hair before applying a toner.
  • Before styling, Rachel applies the Leave-In Molecular Repair Mask again to protect and repair the hair after the client leaves her chair. 


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Pro Tip: Allow K18 products to penetrate the hair for four minutes before a color application and styling for maximum results. // Instagram via @rachelwstylist


Mistake #2: Rinsing the hair too soon & not lifting enough

Solution: Check progress with a timed system 

Can’t tell when your client is done processing? Think food—REALLY! “The lifted hair should look like the inside of a banana peel,” Rachel explains. To avoid rushing the processing time, Rachel uses a 15-minute check system to avoid rinsing too soon:


  • First Check: 15 minutes of processing. Rachel uses the backside of a comb to push the product away to check the level. If it is not ready she reapplies the lightener and will insulate the hair in a bag.


  • Second Check: 15 minutes after the first check. If the hair is still not ready, Rachel will repeat the steps above. 


  • Third Check: 10 minutes after the second check (40 minutes total processing time): If the hair looks ready, Rachel suggests taking a small section and spraying it down with water to remove the lightener. This will give you a clear visual for evaluating the lift. 

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Mistake #3: Not checking the hair in natural light

Solution: Use indirect lighting for accurate results

Indirect lighting is KEY for taking photos—but it is also the best way to check how a client is lifting. Salon lighting can make the hair look warmer, so Rachel suggests taking a client outside (in the shade!) to check for that perfect, pale yellow tone. 


Mistake #4: Lifting the entire regrowth area at the same time

Solution: Avoid banding with a two-step application 

Touching up platinum clients with large areas of regrowth can be stressful. So Rachel uses a double application to avoid banding and achieve an even lift. Here’s how:


  • First Application: Mix lightener with a low developer (Rachel suggests a 10-volume) and apply at the line of demarcation, leaving a quarter to a half inch of regrowth at the scalp. Lift to a Level 8.


  • Second Application: Mix a second bowl of lightener but with a bumped up developer (Rachel mixed equal parts 10 and 20-volume) and apply on the scalp. Allow everything to process together to a Level 10.


Rachel Shares Her Retouch Process In The Video Below!

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