There are two ways to create black and blonde hair. First up, if your client has an existing blonde base, you can apply deep lowlights that give their lighter locks some added depth. For clients with dark hair, try applying chunky blonde highlights to build up that covetable contrast.
Adding Shadows to Blonde Hair
When we talk about black and blonde hair, the former shade isn’t always black-black. You can also create the look with a very dark, cool-toned brown colour and still get plenty of contrast. Use it to sweep lowlights through blonde hair for a monochrome effect, and consider adding a root shadow or root smudge to tie the deeper tones together.
What you will need to determine is the level of commitment your client is going for. Color Touch 2/0 (black) are your go-tos for a demi-permanent glow. Meanwhile, permanent Koleston Perfect in 2/0 (black) and 3/0 (very dark brown) will give your lowlights an intensity that even covers greys.
Adding Blonde Highlights to Darker Hair
Going light on very dark hair can sometimes require a few appointments. However, with the right hair lightener, you might just be able to lift locks to the desired level in one session. Use a bond-strengthening product that goes easy on hair, like BlondorPlex, which we’ve infused with our WellaPlex No1 Bond Maker. (Complete the service with No2 Bond Stabilizer at the sink.) By mixing this lightener with Welloxon Perfect 9% or 12%, you can achieve up to seven levels of lift.
Another trick, if you’re working on natural hair, is to use one of the Special Blonde shades by Koleston Perfect, which allow you to light and tone in a single step – no extra toning required. There are 11 in total, from creamy blondes, like 12/07, to icy blondes, like 12/96. Apply them through dark locks for a single-process route to black and blonde hair.