1. Dark Ash Blonde with Highlights and Color
You know the drill. With clients who don’t have naturally blonde hair, you’ll need to pre-lighten locks before you tone them with a dark ash blonde shade. It’s important that you lift to an underlying pigment that matches the first number in your color formula. For example, if you want to use Illumina Color in 5/81 – a light pearl ash brown – you’ll want to lift hair to a level 5.
Choose a Blondor hair lightener to start, opting for Freelights if you’re creating balayage, Soft Blonde Cream for a lift that’s gentle on the scalp and BlondorPlex for a lightening powder with Bond Builder technology included. Neutralize with Blondor Blonde Seal & Care, then apply the dark ash blonde color over the top. Some of our favorite shades in-clude: Koleston Perfect in 7/18, 6/97 or 6/71; Illumina Color in 6/16, 6/19 or 5/81 and Color Touch in 6/71 or 7/97.
2. Dark Ash Blonde with Lowlights
If your client already has ash blonde hair, you can create a little more depth by adding a scattering of lowlights in between the lighter highlights. The finished look is flawlessly multi-tonal and natural-looking, making it easier for bright blondes to subtly transition to a darker shade.
For low-commitment lowlights, opt for a demi-permanent color. Color Touch helps you create high-shine, ashy ribbons that gradually fade, so light blonde clients can test the deeper waters. A permanent color will give your client a longer-lasting finish, so try IIu-mina Color for sheer, full coverage or Koleston Perfect for a more saturated finish.
3. Dark Ash Blonde with a Glossing Service
Another technique for those who are already blonde but want to go deeper; a Pure Glossing Service is ideal for neutralizing brassy tones and gently tweaking the color. The finish is super-subtle, super-glossy and super-speedy, giving blonde clients a dark ash boost in the space of a lunch break.
To try it, start by mixing your target Koleston Perfect shade (or shades) with Welloxon Perfect 1.9% and the INVIGO Color Service Post Hair Color Treatment, using a 1:1:1 ratio. Then, apply the blend to hair, comb through, and leave to develop for no more than 10 minutes, resulting in the softest dark ash blonde tint.