Whether your client wants an all-over lilac look or just a touch of lavender, you’ll need to start by creating a base that helps the pastel shade stand out. Unless their hair is already a pale blonde, this will mean pre-lightening locks. Choose their Blondor hair lightener based on the level of lift required, and the desired final look.
For Lilac Balayage: There’s no better lightener for balayage than Blondor Freelights. Created with freehand painting in mind, it gives you up to seven levels of lift and next-level precision. The adhesive mass ensures it stays in place, so you can sweep it exactly where you want it, without having to worry about it smudging or bleeding onto other sections of hair.
For Lilac Highlights or All-Over Colour: Try Blondorplex. Infused with the Wellaplex No1 Bond Maker, it helps to strengthen the structure of the hair without compromising on lift. Perfect for sensitized strands, it achieves up to 97% less hair breakage. Make sure you apply Wellaplex No 2 Bond Stabilizer after you rinse and before you shampoo.
Blondor Soft Blonde Cream or Blondor Multi-Blonde Powder are also great for high-performance lightening.
Once you’ve lifted hair to the correct underlying tone, rinse and neutralize with Blondor Seal & Care. Rough-dry locks, ready for the colour or toner to be applied over the top. The good news: Wella’s colour portfolio features a number of options for lilac hair, allowing you to pick from semi and demi-permanent shades.
For Semi-Permanent Lilac Hair Colour: Opt for Color Fresh CREATE in Ultra Purple or Pure Violet; two bold, bright shades that can be mixed together or worn alone. If these shades are too vibrant for your client, dilute with up to 30 parts Tomorrow Clear to pastelise. Swap Tomorrow Clear with Vintage Blush for more of a muted finish.
For Demi-Permanent Lilac Hair Colour: On pre-lightened hair, one part 0/68 + 20 parts 10/0 from Color Touch will give you a long-lasting lilac shade with glossy shine. Also, diluting or intermixing shades like 9/96 and 7/86 and 0/68 will give you vibrant lilac results.
For Permanent Lilac Hair Colour: Opal-Essence by Illumina Color features a palette of permanent metallic pastels, all reflecting the light in the most flattering way. Silver Mauve is our go-to for a soft purple, appearing brighter on level 10 locks, and lending a chocolate lilac glow to level six or level seven hair.