Ready to perfect your dirty blondes? Here are three tips to take your techniques and formulas to the next level, resulting in Insta-ready ‘after’ shots that stack up plenty of ‘likes’...
1. Keep the Ends Lighter
Most clients asking for dirty blonde hair are aiming for an ultra natural looking finish, so you want your creations to give off a born-with-it glow. Natural colours tend to go a little bit lighter at the ends, because they’re lifted by the sun, so aim to brighten the mid-lengths and tips for the most believable look. A freehand lightener, like Blondor Freelights, will add to the effect, allowing you to personalise the colour instead of applying it in a uniform pattern.
2. Shade the Root
To enhance this natural-looking lift, consider smudging the root in a soft brown hue, creating a seamless transition from delicate bronde roots to shimmery blonde ends. This is particularly good for clients who want a grey coverage service teamed with their dirty blonde highlights. Simply shade the roots in Color Fresh for up to 30% coverage, Color Touch for up to 70% coverage or Koleston Perfect for up to 100%.
3. Add a Few Lowlights
For clients who already have blonde hair on the beige or ash spectrum, you may only need to add a scattering of lowlights to create a dirty blonde. If that’s the case, look to a light-reflective colour product, like demi-permanent Color Touch or permanent Illumina Color. You want shades on a level 5 or 6 to subtly contrast against the existing blonde tones.