This client gets her hair colored just once a year so Montana Schmidt (@paintslikeschmidt), a colorist at Kevin & Co., Danville, Illinois, took full advantage of this blonde conversion. “I haven’t done a before and after side by side in a while, so I figured since I love doing her hair so much she would be the perfect candidate,” Schmidt says. “If only my hair grew out like that!”

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Here Schmidt shares the details for this fresh new shade:

STEP 1: Hand paint balayage, alternating wide panels for depth and thin panels for brighter pops of light. Color used: OligoPro Blacklight Clay and Extra Blonde Lightener starting with 20 volume, building to 30 volume toward the top.

STEP 2:  Process to desired lift and rinse.

STEP 3: Gloss with OligoPro Calura Gloss 9/6 + 9/32 + 9/12 with 7 volume developer.