1. Mix Up a Pre-Lightener
To make those copper tones pop, you’ll need to apply a pre-lightener in sweeping balayage strokes. is specially formulated for the technique, thanks to an adhesive mass that makes it stay in place. This means no smudging, no bleeding and no transferring; just perfectly precise lifting.
2. Sweep the Balayage On
Focus the lightener through the mid-lengths and ends, starting a few inches down from the root. If your client wants the spotlight on one section, try applying a partial balayage that only lifts the top or face-framing layers. This is a great way of creating flattering focal points that shimmer under the light. Once the hair has reached the desired underlying tone, wash and neutralize using .
3. Tone With the Coolest Coppers
Choose a copper color based on your client’s desired outcome. If they want a semi-permanent shade, mix up in 6/45 or 7/47. For a demi-permanent glow that’s high on shine, opt for in 7/4 or 7/43. Or, for an intense, permanent color, apply in 7/34 or 8/34. You could also try a zero-damage Shinefinity glaze using the shades 05/43 or 06/43. Apply the chosen formula to pre-lightened sections and, for extra dimension, consider adding a darker root shadow up top, too.
4. Shampoo and Style Their Hair
Once the color has developed, it’s time to wash and neutralize your client’s hair. Use INVIGO Color Brilliance Color Protecting Shampoo, followed by . Note: if you glazed their locks, you can skip the Post Color Treatment step; Shinefinity is pH-balanced, which means neutralizing isn’t necessary.