Stylist, salon owner, and MODERN SALON Artist Connective member Kim Bruce sees the world in shades of blonde. As a highly experienced blonding specialist, Bruce knows how to get that perfect tone, whether light or dark, on any client. Find out how she uses the colormelt technique to create perfect blondes using Matrix products.

1. Foil + Balayage Combo

For this bright and shiny blonde, Bruce did a mixture of foils and balayage and then melted the root. The tonal variation is so dimensional, stunning is an understatement.


Matrix SoColor Sync Pre-Bonded 6N with 10 vol, melted into ¼ 8v, ¾ 10v with 10 vol

2. Light Balayage

Bruce achieved this look by lightly balayaging the client’s ends after a root retouch to cover some stubborn grey.  “When doing a color melt, apply color to DAMP hair,” she advises. “Think of a hair as a sponge: a soaking wet sponge isn’t going to absorb anything, and a dry sponge doesn’t absorb very well either, but a wrung out damp sponge absorbs very well!”

Kim Bruce @themisfitblonde

Kim Bruce @themisfitblonde


Matrix SoColor Sync Pre-Bonded Extra Coverage 506N with 20 vol, melted into Long Lasting Toners 10v & 8p with 10 vol

3. Full Foil

Bruce did a full foil with a root melt to get this lovely platinum blonde. The melt makes the whole look come together beautifully.


Matrix SoColor Sync Pre-Bonded 5N + 6N in equal parts with 10 vol, melted into 10v with 10 vol


If you’re looking for the best ways to achieve bright blondes, one of Bruce’s colormelting techniques may be ideal for you. Happy blonding!

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