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January 6, 2017

How-To: Shadow Root + Blonde Balayage

Balayage was hot, hot, hot in 2016, and we're predicting it'll reign as one of the top color trends in 2017 as well. Pair it with a shadow root and your client will be giving everyone #hairgoals inspo. Get the how-to for this seamless blend of icy blonde with a darker shadow root!

How-To: Shadow Root +
Blonde Balayage




Balayage was hot, hot, hot in 2016, and we’re predicting it’ll reign as one of the top color trends in 2017 as well. Pair it with a shadow root and your client will be giving everyone #hairgoals inspo. You can do so by mastering this blonde balayage + shadow root combo from Maggie Hancock (@maggiemh), an independent hairstylist in Scottsdale, Ariz. This how-to seamlessly blends together pieces of icy blonde with a darker shadow root, perfect for any client who wants to rock a toned-down, everyday look. Check it out! 


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Before


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



Balayage plus a shadow root? We’re in love!


Application
1.
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.



After


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