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January 6, 2017

Shadow Root + Blonde Balayage

Balayage paired with an on-trend shadow root is a guaranteed way to make everyone look to your client as #hairgoals inspo. This blonde balayage + shadow root combo comes from Maggie Hancock (@maggiemh), the 2017 #ONESHOT winner for Platinum Shot of the Year and a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based stylist. Check out the steps below to find out how Maggie seamlessly blends pieces of icy blonde with a darker shadow root!


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Color Formulas
Formula A: Wella Professionals
BLONDOR FREELIGHTS + Wella 30-volume FREELIGHTS DEVELOPER (9%) + b3 Brazilian Bond Builder


Formula B: Kenra Professional 8SM + Kenra Demi-Permanent Coloring Creme Activator 9-volume developer


Formula C: L’Oréal Professionnel DIALIGHT 9.3 + DIACTIVATEUR 9-volume developer


Formula D: Equal parts L’Oréal DIALIGHT 9.11 + DIALIGHT 10.21 + DIACTIVATEUR 9-volume developer


Formula E: Equal parts Redken Shades EQ 9T + Clear + Shades EQ Proccessing Solution


Free hand-paint a full balayage on her entire head using Formula A and process for 35 minutes.


2. At the bowl, use the remainder of Formula A to “bowl-ayage” the ends and process for 15 minutes.

“I did this to maintain the integrity of her ends,” shares Maggie on why she balayages the ends at the bowl.


3. Rinse and pre-tone with Fanola No Yellow Shampoo.


4. Take her back to the chair, rough-dry and apply Formula B about 2 inches down to apply a subtle shadow root, leaving the face-framing pieces out.


5. Next, create contrasting warm tones by using Formula C as a lowlight in foils. On the remaining hair, apply Formula D. Process for 30 minutes, then rinse.


6. Apply Formula E and finish with another round of Fanola No Yellow Shampoo.


7. Blow-dry the hair, then create a loose wave using a flat iron (Maggie likes to use her ghd flat iron). Finish with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.


Finished look

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