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How-Tos > How-To: Smoky Mauve Brunette
January 16, 2017

How-To: Smoky Mauve Brunette

  • Formula A

    Redken Flash Lift + 40-volume developer

  • Formula B

    Shades EQ 06T + 07V + 09B + Processing Solution

If you’ve ever seen Kacie Nguyen’s (@hairbykacie1) work, you know what a master she is at using color to enhance weightless movement—striking that perfect balance of gorgeous, trendy color with better-than-natural dimension. This smoky, metallic brunette is a prime example, so obviously we had to know her secrets! Find out how she did it below.

 

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Natural/starting level: Level 2 Asian hair previously colored with dark brown box dye

 

Total chair time: 3 to 4 hours 
Pricing: $250

Colorist: Kacie Nguyen
Manufacturer: Redken, @redken

COLOR FORMULAS

  • Formula A

    Redken Flash Lift + 40-volume developer

  • Formula B

    Shades EQ 06T + 07V + 09B + Processing Solution

HOW-TO STEPS

  • 1

    With Formula A, prelighten the hair to a Level 8/9 using a hand painting balayage technique. Rinse and shampoo using Fanola No Yellow Shampoo, leaving the shampoo in for 10 minutes to eliminate as much brass as possible. Rinse and towel-dry. 

  • 2

    Tone with Formula B, processing for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse, apply Olaplex No.2, then shampoo and condition. 

  • 3

    Kacie styled the hair with a 1¼-inch Hot Tools curling iron, alternating the direction of every other curl and finishing with a texture spray.