HOW-TO: Blonde Balayage With a Darker Shadowroot

September 28, 2018 | 9:33 AM
Photo By Keratin Complex

At Keratin Complex, the geodesic dome, with its fitted triangular elements, influences the placement patterns of balayage.


Natural level 5

Formula 1: It’s a Blonde Thing Keratin Lightening System with Keratin Complex 30-volume developer + 1 Vitalshot. (Follow manufacturer’s directions, based on hair length.)


  1. Start in the nape, take a diagonal-back slice and apply Formula 1 to midshaft and ends. Seal in foil. Work up the head and side to side, taking 1-inch, diagonal-back slices and applying the formula in foils.
  2. Focus on the surface, and brush on the formula in a sweeping motion to create a seamless transition. Use a balayage paddle or color board to help thoroughly saturate the ends.
  3. Repeat at the sides, alternating diagonal-back and diagonal-forward slices. Process 20-35 minutes. Shampoo and condition.


Color: Ty Isobe
Style: James LeBosquet

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