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Formulas > Neutral Blonde Balayage
March 2, 2016

Neutral Blonde Balayage

  • Formula A (Roots):

    1oz. PRAVANA Chromatics 6A + 1oz. 6N + 3oz. 20-volume developer

  • Formula B (Midlengths):

    1oz. PRAVANA Chromatics 7A + 1 1/2oz.
    10-volume developer

  • Formula C (Ends):

    2oz. Joico’s Vero K-Pak Ultra High Lift Ash + 20-volume developer

Banish the brass! Not only is this balayage and ombré color technique on point, hairstylist Cyrell Cook, @hair_by_love, at Mane Trendz Salon in Austin, Texas, utilized some killer toning formulations to bring her client’s hair from some unwanted warm tones to a gorgeous vanilla blonde with a niiiiiice neutral root.

 

After an initial session of a balayage and ombré with lightener, 40-volume developer and Olaplex, Cyrell let the hair process for 55 minutes and toned with PRAVANA ChromaSilk Express Tones Violet and Ash. “As you can see from her before photo, there was a lot of brass left after we lifted the bottom red brown color from her hair so when formulating her color I choose to stay with the Ash series,” Cyrell reveals. See how it’s done!

 

Natural Level: The client’s natural Level is a 5/6. “She had been doing a partial sliced foil highlight with three colors, red/brown Level 5, 5 neutral and blonde, coloring all of the bottom, not in the partial, the Level 5 red/brown color,” Cyrell explained.  

 

Cost Breakdown: For Cyrell, a balayage ombré starts at $150. She charges for each upgrade: Olaplex  is $30, a three-color melt and tone is $45. She says on average, a color like this would cost a client $225 and would take around 4 hours to complete depending on length and density.

Who Did It

Colorist: Cyrell Cook
Manufacturer: Joico, @joico; PRAVANA, @pravana

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A (Roots):

    1oz. PRAVANA Chromatics 6A + 1oz. 6N + 3oz. 20-volume developer

  • Formula B (Midlengths):

    1oz. PRAVANA Chromatics 7A + 1 1/2oz.
    10-volume developer

  • Formula C (Ends):

    2oz. Joico’s Vero K-Pak Ultra High Lift Ash + 20-volume developer

FORMULA STEPS

1. Starting at the nape, work in ½ -inch sections, and apply Formula A from the roots to about 3-4 inches down the length of the hair. Working in a brick lay pattern, alternate every other section 4-5 inches down the length of the hair—this gives deeper movement and dimension to the color.
Tip: It is important to wipe your gloves off between sections to avoid transferring dark colors onto your lighter sections.

2. Apply Formula B to the next 2-3 inches of the midshaft first. Then use fingers to blend the base and transition colors together by sliding up and down between the colors on the section.

3. Then apply Formula C to the ends, blending to the transition color by sliding your fingers down the section between the Formula B and Formula C.

4. Process for 50 minutes.