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Last updated: November 25, 2020

How-To: Seamless Root Smudge

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  • Natural Level:


  • Formula A:

    Wella Professionals BLONDOR + 20-volume developer + Olaplex No.1

  • Formula B:

    Wella Professionals BLONDOR + 20- or 30-volume developer + Olaplex No.1

  • Formula C:

    Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect 10/16 + 10-volume developer

  • Formula D:

    Redken Shades EQ 9P + Shades EQ Processing Solution

A great way to add some interest to the blondie in your chair is by creating dimension with a seamless root smudge. But sometimes, that smudge isn’t always so seamless. Find out how Jordan Boone (@jordaninlivingcolour), a stylist at Oliver’s Salon in Meridian, Idaho, perfectly blended a smoky shadow root with lightened strands. Check it out below!

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1. Starting at her hairline and angling back, section the hair into four quadrants of vertical slices. Leave a ½-inch section in between each slice for dimension.

2. Apply Formula A in the front quadrants and Formula B in the back quadrants.

3. Tone with Formula C to break the base just enough to lighten her natural hair. Rinse and towel-dry.

4. Tone again with Formula D starting at the base and pulling it all the way through to the ends. Process for 10 minutes.

Cut: $60
Color: $165
Total: $225