HOW-TO: Covering Gray Hair With a Balayage-Ombre Using Olaplex
Kimemily Pham, stylist at Excellent Hair Salon in Fremont, California, conducts a thorough consultation with each of her clients to find out how they envision their end results. "I determine which styles will be compatible with their personalities and lifestyles," she says. Pham also finds inspiration in observing the work of others on Instagram, like the "King of Ombre" Guy Tang, and Redken’s Education Artistic Director and platform artist, Sam Villa. "This motivates me to continue learning new ways to provide my clients with the best service possible."
In the before and after below, Pham's client, Farzana, works overseas and visits Excellent Hair Salon three to four times per year. Her frequent traveling and busy work schedule make it difficult for her to find time for proper hair care, says Pham. On this occasion, she came in with previously highlighted and colored hair. "There was a 3-inch band of black dye on the crown and along her hairline, and a 3-inch outgrowth of 20% gray in the back."
Farzana wanted to go lighter and have the color corrected with a cooler tone (her words) "something trendy, a balayage-ombre type look."
STARTING LEVEL: 5
STEP 1: Treat hair with Kenra Color Porosity Equalizing Spray from roots to ends.
STEP 2: Freehand balayage all hair with Matrix Light Master + 40 volume + Olaplex at the black colored area, not touching the scalp.
STEP 3: Apply Matrix Light Master with 20 volume + Olaplex. Then, weave highlights all over.
Formula 1: Apply Matrix Socolor 5n+5ag with 20 volume to root area.
Formula 2: Apply Matrix Color Sync 8p+8v+ 10 volume to midshaft leaving 2-inches ends out.
Formula 3: Apply Matrix Color Sync clear+spa +10 volume to ends. Process for 20 minutes.
STEP 4: Rinse and treat hair with Olaplex #2.
STEP 5: Style hair with a thermal round brush, Moroccanoil and leave-in conditioner.