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Formulas > Foiled Gray Blending
July 20, 2020

Foiled Gray Blending

By Kelly McCormick

Kelly McCormick @kellymccormickhair Gray Blending Grey Hair SPARKS Redken Foil Foils Foiled Hairline
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  • Formula A (lightener):

    SPARKS Powder Lightener + 13-volume developer

  • Formula B (toner):

    Redken Shades EQ 9T + 8V + Shades EQ Processing Solution

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More and more clients are making the switch from gray coverage to gray blending, a technique that allows them to embrace their silvery strands AND promotes a seamless grow out. A starting point to an all-over gray transformation, below, we’re sharing how New Jersey stylist Kelly McCormick (@kellymccormickhair) achieved a lived-in gray blend using foils. Keep scrolling to get the formulas and application steps!

 

Total chair time: 3 hours

Pricing: $280

 

Who Did It

Colorist: Kelly McCormick
Manufacturer: Redken, @redken; SPARKS, @sparkscolor

Products Used

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A (lightener):

    SPARKS Powder Lightener + 13-volume developer

  • Formula B (toner):

    Redken Shades EQ 9T + 8V + Shades EQ Processing Solution

FORMULA STEPS

1. Apply Formula A throughout and let process for 30 minutes. “Since she had more grays in the front, we mostly foiled around her face and the back foils were very spread out,” explains Kelly. “We tried to match with the pattern that her gray was growing in.”

 

2. Rinse, then tone with Formula B and process for 10 minutes before rinsing again.

 

3. Kelly says the secret to a graceful gray grow out is using a toning shampoo between appointments, so she recommended this client go home with Redken Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo and Conditioner. “I also had her book another appointment in four months so I can see how her grow out looks, and if she needs any adjusting, like a toner or a few more foils, we could do that,” Kelly says.

 

Pro Tip: If a client wants to transition from gray coverage to gray blending so that they can eventually rock their natural regrowth, Kelly had this advice: “Let [the roots] grow out a good 3 inches and schedule a consultation with your stylist so they have enough time. It usually takes more than just a full head of foils to achieve this. I would also suggest to make sure the gray is what you definitely want to stick with and you’re ready to embrace it because it’s going to be a process, which is costly.”