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Last updated: April 29, 2022

Toning Tricks & Color Formulas For Rooty Blends

@hairbysarmad Schwarzkopf Professional Igora Vibrance Color Formulas Toning Tricks Tips Formulas Sarmad Najem
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 @hairbysarmad’s Toning Tips, Color Formulas & Instagram Video How Tos
Your client’s want the ash, butter and beige blends they’re seeing on Instagram—and those bright blondes are probably coming from Sarmad Najem’s Instagram feed, aka @hairbysarmad to his 368k followers. Sarmad is also know for his rad toning tutorials and flash foil videos that demo different techniques for applying lightener, gloss and shadow roots. We’ve rounded up all the goods in one place, so you can scroll through his best tips, techniques AND color formulas for blended perfection! 


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Toning Over A Shadow Root—Do This!
A shadow root creates a deep base for ribbons of dimension to fall off AND it helps the grow out process look naturally blended. Here’s how Sarmad tones over a shadow root:

  1. Apply a 1/2-inch shadow root to towel-dried hair. Process for 10 minutes.
  2. Then, smudge the root area and process for 5 minutes.
  3. After the shadow root is applied, then apply toner with a brush or bottle.
  4. Work in 1-inch slices and gently massage the toner into the hair while processing.
  5. Process everything for 10 to 15 minutes.


Watch The Application How To Below!

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Formulating For Ash, Butter & Neutral Shades
Scroll through and screenshot some of Sarmad’s most double-tapped Schwarzkopf Professional IGORA VIBRANCE® formulas! What about developers? Keep reading to see how Sarmad determines how he chooses and applies TWO different developers.



Tip For Applying Toners: Bottle v. Brush
Because not every client is the same, Sarmad customizes his developer choice based on the density and thickness of the hair. IGORA VIBRANCE® has two developers—an activator gel and lotion—so YOU control the application and choose the best-fit tool:  

  • Precision & Coverage: Sarmad uses the 13-volume Activator Lotion because it transforms liquid color into cream consistency and applies toner with a large brush for maximum coverage.
  • Quick & Even Results: For efficiency, bottle applications are a great move. When applying with a bottle, it’s easiest to maintain control with a liquid consistency so Sarmad uses the 6-volume Activator Gel.


Watch The Brush Application Below!

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Watch The Bottle Application Below!

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