COLOR CORRECTION: Brassy Blonde to Sombre Brunette Using Balayage

By Lauren Salapatek | 06/26/2014 12:03:00 PM


It's a look that ends up sitting in you chair every so often -- the brassy blonde. Helen Erickson, colorist at Sola Salons recently had a client plagued with this exact situation (see picture) so she decided to immediately perform a color correction.

As you can see in the "before", there's unwanted warm tones with level 2-3 outgrowth. Erikson decided to give back her natural hair color level on top and then sombre the hair subtly to the ends, for champagne-blonde results. This is the perfect color look for a dark brunette who wants to try out a level 2-3 blonde without the full commitment. Erickson provides us with her how-to below:

STEP 1: "Fill the hair from the outgrowth, approximately 1-inch away from the scalp, to midway down the lengths. I used Joico Vero Kpak Color. Using 1/2 8cg and 1/2 8G with Vero glaze developer which is a 5-volume. Let the bowl sit/oxidize for five minutes. Then, apply the color and process the hair for 20 minutes. Rinse the hair and follow with a pH-balanced cuticle sealer like Neutralizer by D'cinque."

STEP 2: "Blow dry the hair."

STEP 3: "Apply rom scalp to mid-lengths Beth Minardi Signature Color Demi Creme 5ice with her 5-volume developer."

STEP 4: "Process the hair for 25 minutes. Shampoo with D'cinque Reparative Sulfate-Free Shampoo and seal with a PH balanced cuticle sealer called, Reparative Neutralizer by D'cinque."

STEP 5: "Balayage the hair from the middle to the bottom and a few pieces to the scalp using Joico Vero K-Pak Lightener and Joico K-Pak 20-volume Developer. Lift the hair to a pale yellow/white level 9 blonde. Finish by shampooing with D'cinque Reparative Sulfate-Free Shampoo and I applied the neutralizer again."

STEP 6: "Tone pre-lightened pieces with Joico Vero K-Pak Chrome 1/2 B9 1/2G9 with equal parts 5-volume developer. Let the bowl sit for 5 minutes to oxidize then I applied. Let the hair process for 13 minutes with a cap and no heat. Rinse with cool water and no shampoo. Finish by applying the Neutralizer and D'cinque Super Reconstruct."


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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