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May 13, 2015

Guy Tang’s Caramel Babylights

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    IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

  • Formula B:

    IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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Guy Tang’s Caramel Babylights

With every season change, clients will sit in your chair looking for a more drastic shift to their look. That’s what Guy Tang was faced with when long haired blogger Jen came knocking looking to cut her long locks and add more depth and dimension to her color. Wanting to keep her hair natural-looking and stay true to her brown base, Guy started the transformation by cutting her hair a little past shoulder length—quite the cut for a girl whose hair was down to her butt! The resulting color is an ashy, warm, wood tone with a sun-kissed effect. Here’s how to create Guy’s dimensional color “recipe!”

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A:

    IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

  • Formula B:

    IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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HOW-TO STEPS

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Start with the cut, wrapping a rubber band around the hair you want to remove. Cut just above the band with your shears, that way you can go back and cut into the hair to give it shape.

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Once the length has been refined, you will be left with a length that is just past her shoulders.

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Using Schwarzkopf Professional HIGH POWER BROWNS, Guy wanted to create an ashy color that was still natural. Create babylights using two techniques. The first method is foils around the face frame area. Create tiny micro-waves and then foil, applying Formula A using 20-volume at the scalp and 40-volume from midlengths to ends. The 20-volume at the scalp will prevent the color from appearing too bright.

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Fold the foil over once, and then fold it again so the 20- and 40-volume are isolated and separate. Continue with three back-to-back foils going around the head.

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Next, switch to a hand-painting technique. Start by going horizontally up the head, placing Formula B vertically, feathering the color in. “The softer the strokes, the softer the color will be,” notes Guy. Use the back of a paddle for pressure. “This technique allows the color to be very seamless, creating a feather effect, so it looks like the color has been kissed by the sun.” 

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Isolate each section with foil so you can conduct more heat, giving you brighter results.

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    • Formula A:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-2 + IGORA ROYAL OIL DEVELOPER (20 and 40-volume)

    • Formula B:

      IGORA ROYAL HIGH POWER BROWNS B-3 +1-inch of B-333

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    Pull up the foils so you can see the hand painted effect compared to the hair that was lightened with foil. Rinse, shampoo and dry the hair. To finish the look, curl the hair a bit using a curling iron to create a beachy texture.