Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gray Blending: A More Natural Approach - Charlotte, NC

I haven't done many posts on gray blending, but covering gray is certainly the bread and butter of the color business. There are so many ways to do it and it's important to explore the best option for your hair, budget, and schedule. While some may take their gray palette as a chance to explore new color options, most are looking for something that is going to be the least noticeable as it grows out. This is always easier for people who don't have a lot of dark natural color left in their hair and want to be blonde. Through highlights and lowlights you can add varying tones and levels of blonde to help blend the gray without entirely eliminating it. This makes the outgrowth softer, as you do not experience a solid line of demarcation. You can see this in the pictures below.

This is a first time client who had previously had an all over blonde color. She had some highlights done after the all over color had grown out a bit, but the flatness of the over all color had made her outgrowth fairly noticeable. And even though the all over color was not a bad shade, because it lay in stark contrast to her in-coming gray, it made it look a bit yellow. Doing an all over blonde for someone who wants to completely color their gray is fine, but the upkeep should be done no later than 6 weeks. With this client we were looking for something softer, and she was ok with seeing some of her gray. We did a full head of highlights with three different levels of blonde to blend out her root. Now she has more dimension and we slightly neutralized her palette so it will be more similar in tone to her outgrowth.

I know it doesn't look like a huge difference, but it's going to make a big difference in how natural it looks.

before

after



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