Some salon professionals want to see hair smooth to get a really good look at color placement and finish. We agree with Lydia Layton Donovan (@coloredcreationsbylydia), a Paul Mitchell Future Professional in Portland, OR, when she says, "Straight or curly, this stunning color looks amazing either way!"

This beautiful blonde was spotted on Instagram because Layton Donovan tagged #modernsalon and we could find her work.  She generously shares her process and formulas on her page, too.


STEP ONE: "I balayaged with Paul Mitchell Synchro Lift +10 vol about an inch from root to line of demarcation.

STEP TWO: "In the bowl on damp hair I applied the rest of the lightener to the ends and midshaft for about 3 minutes.

STEP THREE: "To tone I used 3/4 oz of 9P + 1/8 oz of 9A + 1/8 oz of 10A + 5 vol. for about 15 minutes."

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