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Last updated: August 18, 2020

Watch: Transitioning Blonde To Red With Time-Saving Tricks

Watch How To Create & Apply Red Formulas For Maximum Depth

This fall’s hottest colors? Natural shades of red and copper! And we have tips on how to transition blonde clients to this must-have hue in a flash. Nine Zero One Salon’s Jill Buck (@jill901) demos how she creates reds with gorgeous depth and brightness without a lot of chair time. Psst: She also reveals why full saturation doesn’t matter! Keep reading for her formulas and speedy tricks.


Four Key Takeaways

How To Section & Part The Hair 

Jill prefers to section the hair into three parts—two in the front and one from ear to ear in the back—rather than the standard four quadrants. She prefers to tackle the entire back section at once, rather than split it up, for a seamless blend.


How does Jill use her partings to add depth?

  • To get the depth and dimension her clients love, when applying the formulas to the back section she uses a v-shaped parting going up the head. This way as she moves upward, more depth is continuously being added.
  • Once she reaches the top of the back section, she switches to horizontal partings for more control.
  • The front two sections are applied with diagonal partings.


Tip: If you’re working with an assistant, Jill recommends you both work on the same section versus working on opposite sides of each other. 


Do This To Work Faster

Jill recommends forgoing clipping the hair out of the way of a parted section and use your hand instead if you want to work faster. The time it takes to section and clip away the hair does add up when you’re doing a color service.


So Your Section Isn’t Fully Saturated

If you don’t achieve full saturation on the first application, don’t fret! Once the color is applied everywhere, go through the sections again and mush everything together. This will make everything evenly saturated. Plus, the pieces that didn’t start processing at the same time as the base color will give you natural, golden highlights for an added reflection your clients will love!


What To Do When It’s Time To Retouch

So your client has come back with about an inch of grow out, what do you do? Jill will use the same base color formula at the roots, and then go in at the bowl to highlight some pieces using the midlength formula with 30-volume developer making sure to leave the ends out. Then she’d apply Joico Blonde Life QT Clear with 5-volume developer to the ends, leave on for 5 minutes and finish the hair off with an all over toner formula. 


CLICK HERE To Purchase The Joico LumiShine™ Permanent Creme Color Collection That Jill Used!


Check Out The Before & After!

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Grab The Formulas!

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  • Formula A (Base)
    Joico Lumishine 1 oz. 10NG + 1 oz. 7cc + .50 oz. 7N + 20-volume Developer
  • Formula B (Midlengths & Ends)
    Joico Lumishine 1 oz. 10NC + 1 oz. 7cc + .25 oz. 7N + 30-volume Developer



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