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How-Tos > Blended Balayage
February 22, 2016

Blended Balayage

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  • Starting Level:

    Natural Level 3 virgin hair

  • Formula A (Lightener):

    Kenra Color No Ammonia Lightener + 40-volume developer, using a 1:2 ratio

  • Formula B (Gloss):

    Wella Colortouch 30g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

  • Formula C (Second Session Gloss):

    Wella Colortouch 25g 9/16 + 5g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

Blended Balayage

Every stylist KNOWS the value of a solid client consultation, and Jonah Crescencio @jonahrunswithscissors of Kut Haus Salon in Covina, CA asked the perfect questions to determine the on-point color that would fit his client’s lifestyle.

 

Originally our inspiration for her hair was an ashy gray balayage. She brought in gorgeous silvers, grays and pastels, but after the consultation, we both agreed on a lower maintenance ash blonde as opposed to a complete gray balayage. She trusted in me and my honest professional opinion,” Jonah explained. Within two sessions and with keeping his client’s #hairgoals in mind, Jonah beautifully balayaged while maintaining healthy hair.

Colorist: Jonah Crescencio

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Starting Level:

    Natural Level 3 virgin hair

  • Formula A (Lightener):

    Kenra Color No Ammonia Lightener + 40-volume developer, using a 1:2 ratio

  • Formula B (Gloss):

    Wella Colortouch 30g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

  • Formula C (Second Session Gloss):

    Wella Colortouch 25g 9/16 + 5g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

Products Used

HOW-TO STEPS

    • Starting Level:

      Natural Level 3 virgin hair

    • Formula A (Lightener):

      Kenra Color No Ammonia Lightener + 40-volume developer, using a 1:2 ratio

    • Formula B (Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 30g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    • Formula C (Second Session Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 25g 9/16 + 5g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    1

    Start at the nape, take the first horizontal parting and lightly backcomb to ensure a flawless blend. Gently balayage and paint on Formula A while focusing the on the ends of the hair. Foil and continue with a bricklay diagonal back pattern in the back. Mix a fresh batch of Formula A every 10 minutes.

    • Starting Level:

      Natural Level 3 virgin hair

    • Formula A (Lightener):

      Kenra Color No Ammonia Lightener + 40-volume developer, using a 1:2 ratio

    • Formula B (Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 30g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    • Formula C (Second Session Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 25g 9/16 + 5g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    2

    Take about 1/8-inch diagonal back partings on the front and sides: backcomb and paint on Formula A, again focusing on ends to create an ombré feel. Repeat on the opposite side.

    • Starting Level:

      Natural Level 3 virgin hair

    • Formula A (Lightener):

      Kenra Color No Ammonia Lightener + 40-volume developer, using a 1:2 ratio

    • Formula B (Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 30g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    • Formula C (Second Session Gloss):

      Wella Colortouch 25g 9/16 + 5g 8/81 + 5g /68 + developer

    3

    For face-framing color, section out a triangular section according to natural parting, backcomb slightly and paint Formula A on a diagonal to create a seamless highlight in the front.

  • 4

    Process for about 25 minutes. Continue to check the hair to ensure optimal level lift.

  • 5

    Gloss with Formula B. Rinse and condition.

  • 6

    For the second session, go through steps 1-4 to achieve a Level 9 lift. Gloss with Formula C, applying on midstrands for 10 minutes, then pulling through the ends the last 5-7 minutes.

  • 7

    Octavio Rosales @taaav_ finished and styled with a 1/4-inch marcel curling iron and finished with SEVEN luxury BEACH SPRAY.

  • Maintenance
    Gloss every 5-6 weeks to keep color looking fresh and use Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Save Silver Shampoo at least once a week.

     

    The Price is Right
    While consulting with clients, Jonah said he is very honest about pricing, maintenance, and how many sessions it may take to achieve his client’s final look. He charged $185 per session and each session was four weeks apart. Keeping the integrity of the hair was vital (“Her hair still feels amazing!”) Jonah was able to achieve a Level 8 from a virgin Level 3 in the first session, and hit the Level 9 in the second session.