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Formulas > Golden Contrast
November 14, 2017

Golden Contrast

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  • Formula A (roots/mids):

    Redken Shades EQ 5N + 5G + 7C + Shades EQ Processing Solution + Olaplex No.1

  • Formula B (mids/ends):

    Redken Shades 9N + 9G + Processing Solution+ Olaplex No.1

  • Formula C (ends):

    Redken Shades EQ Clear + Processing Solution + Olaplex No.1

When your typically-blonde client wants to go a little darker, it can’t hurt to take some formula advice from Kelly Massias (@kellymassiashair)! This updated balayage combines three shades, mixing darker and lighter formulas to create just the right blend of color that even your blonde-obsessed clients will love. Here’s how you can recreate the look. 

 

Who Did It

Colorist: Kelly Massias
Manufacturer: Redken, @redken

Products Used

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A (roots/mids):

    Redken Shades EQ 5N + 5G + 7C + Shades EQ Processing Solution + Olaplex No.1

  • Formula B (mids/ends):

    Redken Shades 9N + 9G + Processing Solution+ Olaplex No.1

  • Formula C (ends):

    Redken Shades EQ Clear + Processing Solution + Olaplex No.1

FORMULA STEPS

1. Starting in the nape, apply Formula A to the roots and melt down to about the midlengths.

 

2. Then, using alternating sections, apply Formula B at the midlengths and melt down to the ends. On the other sections, apply Formula B at the midlengths and Formula C at the ends. Remember to keep your hands clean throughout the process and comb through each section after applying the color. This keeps the color placement exactly where you want it.

 

3. Continue alternating sections and formulas until reaching the front hairline.

 

4. At the hairline, apply Formula A from the roots to the midlengths, then blend Formula C from the midlengths to the ends. Kelly says that adding 7C to the formula added a richness that you wouldn’t get from the 5G alone.

 

5. Process, rinse, shampoo and blow-dry. Kelly waved the hair using the Bio Ionic 1 ¼-inch curling iron for the finished look. 

 

Finished look!