How To: Blah Brunette to Radiant Red Before and After

By Alison Alhamed | 10/14/2013 1:48:00 PM


Thanks to MODERN Facebook fan Megan Allen, a colorist from Smithfield, North Carolina, who works in a "small-town salon" Salon 29:11.

"This is my client Emily--she needed some professional hair rescue and wanted to get away from box!" Allen says. "With some great color and a good hair cut that's just what I gave her!"

Her client's hair had variations of reds with dark browns on the bottom so Allen created one shade of gorgeous red and with brown on the bottom and a few honey highlights underneath her part.

Step 1:

To create the red, she used 2 oz. of Joico 5RM and 2 oz. of 10-volume developer.

For the bottom, she used 2 oz. of Joico 5B and 2 oz. of 10-volume developer.

"I separated the two colors and applied the red first on the new growth and the applied the brown on the bottom to the new growth," she says.

Time processed: 25 minutes

"Next, I pulled the color through the ends starting with the red and then the brown. I processed the ends for 15 minutes. I then shampooed and conditioned the hair very well using Joico K-PAK.

Step 2:

For the blonde, she used 1 scoop of Joico Vero Blue lightener with 20-volume developer.

"I then parted the hair in a horseshoe parting so that the highlights would stay underneath her natural hair parting. I did two foils on each side and three down the back. I processed without heat for about 20 minutes then shampooed and conditioned the hair."

Step 3:

I styled her hair using a 1" curling iron to give it soft waves and to show off her highlights!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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