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October 7, 2022

Uneven Color That Fades Fast? Here Are 4 Quick Fixes!

Chroma ID Bonding Color Mask Toning Cheats
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Photo Credit: Instagram via @kristen_o_beauty

Hollow Color That Fades Fast? Here Are 4 Quick Fixes! 

Does red formulation or dealing with brassy brunettes terrify you? Toning can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! We have collected some life-changing toning mask tips for blondes, brunettes and reds to help you tackle toning like a pro.

 

Keep scrolling to learn why you should pre-fill hair before going dark, how to bust brass in brunettes and leave your reds radiant every single time.

 

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1. Do THIS to avoid uneven & hollow hair color 

The days of hollow hair color that fades fast are through! As temperatures cool down, we expect some of your blonde clients to say goodbye to their brightness and hello to the dark side. When taking your blonde babes back to brunette, filling the hair is essential to ensure your color won’t fade or appear uneven.

 

First of all, what is filling? When you lift a client from a Level 4 to a Level 10, you’re removing warm tones (like orange and red) to achieve that perfect pale yellow. So, before applying any brunette color to your client, you need to add those pigments back into the hair.

 

Filling is the process of repigmenting or replacing pigments that were removed from the hair during the lightening process. An easy way to do this is by using Schwarzkopf Professional® CHROMA ID™ Bonding Color Masks to replace lost pigments while enforcing structural bonds in the hair shaft. Do not skip this step!

 

Check out this technique in action by Kate McBride (@katemcbridehair): 

 
  1. First, Kate fills with Schwarzkopf Professional® CHROMA ID™ 7-77. “This packs a punch of pigment!” She says.
  2. Next, she applies Schwarzkopf Professional® 25g IGORA ROYAL® 4-0 + 20g 4-46 + 45g IGORA ROYAL® Oil Developer 6% (20 Vol.) from the root to midsection.
  3. Lastly, Kate applies 20g IGORA ROYAL® 4-46 + 20g 6-63 + 40g IGORA ROYAL® Oil Developer 6% (20 Vol.) to the ends.

 

Schwarzkopf Pro Chroma ID Bonding Color Mask Transformation Kate McBride
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Photo Credit: Instagram via @katemcbridehair

 

2. Brassy brunettes? Here’s a pre-toning trick!

Blondes aren’t the only time you have to worry about brass: It can creep up on your brunettes, too! Color masks are used often for fun, vibrant color looks, but they work great for neutral tones as well. Pre-tone with a toning mask to cancel out any unwanted orange or yellow pigments, creating the perfect base for your toner.

 

Here’s an example from Ashley Gonzales (@ashley.thehairbruja) using CHROMA ID™ 9-12 to pre-tone her client to create the perfect base for a cool high-contrast brunette:

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @ashley.thehairbruja

 

Pro Tip: Using black to tone?! Here’s how it works: @hairbymeganperez adds CHROMA ID™ Off-Black and Blue to 9-12 to tone out unwanted warmth, and leave the hair with that high shine our brunette clients want. After shampooing, towel-dry and process for only 10 minutes. See the finished look below!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Reds lacking luster? Not anymore!

Somehow fall is already here and the requests for this year’s FAVORITE trendy color are going to continue straight into autumn. Take your reds to a new level of vibrant with this quick tip from Kristen O’Donnell (@kristen_o_beauty)

 

To spice up her client’s pre-existing auburn color, Kristen applies CHROMA ID™ 7-77 and 6-88 in equal parts at the bowl for more radiant reds in only 10 minutes. This is the perfect way to quickly refresh dull midlengths and ends!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fiery red balayage 

The No.1 problem that ruins a rich red balayage is simple: Dull ends. Try these color formulas and toning mask tips for a fiery red balayage that’s rich from roots to ends from Ashley Rios (@_watchmepaint).

 

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Cool girl color-blocked copper 

Give your reds a trendy update with a color blocking technique, like this dimensional copper from California-based stylist Natalie Jean (@msnataliejean). She used CHROMA ID™ in the shades Red, Orange and Yellow to create this look. She applied the shades section-by-section on Level 8 hair.

 

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Photo Credit: Instagram via @msnataliejean

 

4. How to achieve platinum perfection

Here is a quickie fix for your ice queen clients who don’t want to see yellow. Try using CHROMA ID™ 9.5-1 to quickly neutralize unwanted tones for a clear platinum blonde.

 

Check out this perfect platinum by Mariah Monsanto (@mariahthestylistt):

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Photo Credit: via Instagram @mariahthestylistt

 

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