Thursday, February 7, 2013

From Highlighted Blonde to Ombre Hair

Quite often I have clients who want to transition from being an every-six-week highlight with foils to an ombre look. I have always found it easier to take someone who is already dark to ombre, but this past week I tried doing something a little different and I was very excited about the results. 

Usually the challenge I find with this type of transformation is  that blonde hair isn't always so keen to hold on to color - especially when you're not pre-coloring. This doesn't mean the result isn't achieved, but rather that it's not quite what I'm looking for until the hair has been colored more than once. I've tried foiling heavy low-lights through the top, but usually that is still not dark enough. I've also tried completely coloring every hair on top, which works with a really shaggy layered cut, but not so much with long layers or one-length cuts.  So this time I applied root color throughout and then pulled the darker color down to various lengths and then applied my lightener on the ends right over my base color. It was a one-step process with no toner and we were both really happy with the results.

The beautiful woman in these pictures is Celeste, one of our Medspa's amazing injectors. Doesn't she look so much brighter with all that golden blonde?
after (shade)
after (sunlight)