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June 14, 2022

Folding Sections For An Even Lift? Here’s Why!

How To Avoid Banding When Prepping Hair For A Lightening Service

Everyone’s favorite game—let’s see what’s hiding in our client’s hair before we begin lightening! Luckily, we have a couple of quick tips to avoid all the banding and orange splotches we dread. Keep reading for a few quick steps to ensure your client’s hair will lift evenly from root to end. 


1. Begin Color Corrections With Color Remover Instead Of Bleach 

Instead of going straight in with bleach, try pre-treating your client’s hair with color remover as the initial lightening step. Color expert Linh Phan (@bescene) uses Schwarzkopf Professional Bond Enforcing Color Remover to begin every color correction. He says starting with a color remover is super effective to ensure an even lift before applying lightener. 


“I need to know what’s going on with my client’s hair before lightening,” explains Linh. “I know color remover will not be as strong as a lightener, so I like to use it as a head start before applying any bleach,” explains Linh. 


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2. Avoid Banding With This Processing Tip 

One of the biggest reasons banding appears is when lightener does not reach consistent temperatures. Linh demos his trick that guarantees hair to lift evenly from the root all the way through the ends using Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+ and BLONDEME 7-volume Premium Developer


“Even if your client’s hair is clean of any previous color,” Linh explains. “You will still get under-processed hair in the midshaft because there is no heat on that section.” To avoid this, Linh folds each saturated section on top of itself. This allows the midshaft of the hair that is not in direct contact with body heat to process evenly like the roots and ends do naturally from the client’s body temperature. 



3. Won’t Folding My Sections Make Processing Uneven?

No, here’s why. Since we’re beginning a color correction with color remover and then going in with lightener, we’ll have a clean canvas to paint on. The color remover will show us exactly where any orange splotches or bands appear before applying lightener, making it easier to pinpoint where to saturate thoroughly for an even lift. 


Folding your sections on top of each other will allow the midshaft of the hair to process against the heat from your client’s head. If you were to leave each sectioning hanging, the roots would process from the heat from your client’s scalp while the ends would process with the heat from their body. This leaves the midshaft of the hair to process without any heat, creating a patchy lift! 



Check out the stunning before & after of the even, neutral lift:


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