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Formulas > Vanilla Ice Color Formula
October 31, 2014

Vanilla Ice Color Formula

  • Natural Level:

    5

  • Starting Level:

    10 with ½-inch regrowth 

  • Formula A (lightener):

    Wella BLONDOR Soft Blonde Cream + 40-volume developer + ¼ oz. Olaplex

  • Formula B (toner):

    40g Wella Color Touch Relights /86 + 5g Wella Color Touch 10/6 + 90g 6-volume (1.9%) developer

Marissa Neel of Republic Salon in Folsom, Calif. wanted to give her natural brunette client a cool, blonde makeover—with an added twist. “Our inspiration was the idea of just a ‘breath’ of lavender,” says Marissa. “With indoor lighting, she has exactly that, and when she goes in direct sunlight, her hair is a perfect, frosty white.” Marissa’s beautiful, vanilla blonde is warmer than a platinum, but still icy enough to give us the chills! Read on for her color formulas and how-to! 

 

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Who Did It

Colorist: Marissa Neel

Products Used

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Natural Level:

    5

  • Starting Level:

    10 with ½-inch regrowth 

  • Formula A (lightener):

    Wella BLONDOR Soft Blonde Cream + 40-volume developer + ¼ oz. Olaplex

  • Formula B (toner):

    40g Wella Color Touch Relights /86 + 5g Wella Color Touch 10/6 + 90g 6-volume (1.9%) developer

FORMULA STEPS

1. Section the hair into four quadrants for a clean application.

 

2. Starting in the back, apply Formula A to regrowth. Do not overlap.

 

3. Process for 45 to 60 minutes at room temperature (timing will vary with each client).

 

4. Once the re-growth area has reached a pale yellow, rinse with cool water. Lightly shampoo with Unite Moisturizing Shampoo, and towel-dry.

 

5. Apply Formula B to the freshly-lightened area, starting at the nape of the neck and working your way up the head.

 

6. Process for about 7 minutes, or until you see a lavender hue. Pull through midshaft and ends, and process for about 3 more minutes. Rinse with cool water.

 

7. Apply Olaplex Bond Perfector No.2, and process for 5 to 10 minutes. Shampoo with Unite Blonda Toning Shampoo, then condition.

 

8. Apply Unite 7SECONDS Leave in Detangler, comb through and then apply Unite LAZER Straight. Blow-dry and style as desired. Use Unite TEXTURIZA Spray for a volumized, tousled look.

 

Marissa’s tips for keeping her blondes bright and beautiful
• “Timing is everything when trying to achieve the perfect, solid blonde,” says Marissa. “Rinse too soon and you’ll be fighting any warmth left. Always keep an eye on the hair while it’s processing, and rinse when there’s just a slight trace of yellow.”

 

• To maintain a fresh, white blonde and avoid banding, Marissa highly recommends her clients return for touch-ups every four weeks.

 

• Marissa advises her clients to use Unite Blonda Toning Shampoo and Conditioner once a week to keep blonde locks nice and bright. She also recommends the Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Take Home to help keep hair strong and healthy.