1. Decide On a Technique
Half head highlights can be stroked root to tip in a perfectly precise pattern, but you may want to fuse them with other techniques, like balayage or babylights. Talk to your client about the results they hope to achieve, then choose your masterstroke. Here are just some of the ways you can take their partial highlights to the next level…
Half Head Balayage: This painterly technique sees lightener swept through the mid-lengths and ends of hair to create a sun-kissed effect. Try it with our freehand lightener, Blondor Freelights, which stays exactly where you apply it – no smudging onto other strands.
Half Head Foilyage: While balayage is traditionally developed in the open air, foilyage allows you to enhance the lift by wrapping each section in foils. Add some extra brightness around the face-framing layers to make your client’s complexion glow.
Half Head Babylights: Half head painting and babylights are a match made in hair heaven. By combining micro-fine highlights with partial placement, you get a subtler, more seamless effect. Try combining with chunkier highlights for extra, volume-boosting dimension.
Half Head Twilighting: This look is less about placement and more about the colour of the ‘lights. Twilighting sees brunette hair set aglow with golden ribbons that contrast against the base. Perfect for darker-haired clients who crave a touch of gilded colour; a half head application lends.
2. Choose a Lightener
Pick the perfect lightener for your half head technique. If you’re sweeping on glow-boosting freehand strokes, we recommend Blondor Freelights, which was specially formulated to create flawless balayage. Meanwhile, babylights, chunky highlights or twilighting are easy to do with BlondorPlex, which fuses precise lifting with a dose of our bond-strengthening No1 Bond Maker. Meanwhile, Soft Blonde Cream is our go-to for on-the-scalp application, as it lifts locks up to seven levels, while protecting the hair and scalp from moisture loss.
3. Plan Your Placement
Start applying hair lightener where your client craves the highest level of lift. For example, if you know they want some brightness through the front, begin sweeping on their half head highlights here. These are the sections that will end up having lightener on them for longer, so they’re likely to lift higher, creating an ultra-radiant effect. Consider also adding one or two ribbons on the bottom layers of hair. If they tend to wear their hair up, just a couple of light, lower streaks will create a more seamless effect.
4. Perfect with Toner
Once your client’s highlights have lifted to the desired underlying pigment, you might want to perfect the colour with a toner. It’s great for neutralizing brassiness. Just make sure – whether you pick a hue that’s cool or warm – it matches the level of their highlights. For example, if you’ve lightened hair to a level 7, the toners you apply on top should also begin with a 7/.
5. Rinse and Glow
Treat freshly highlighted hair to a wash with the ColorMotion+ Color Protection Shampoo, followed by a rinse using Blondor Seal + Care. The latter helps to neutralize the pH level of each strand, so you don’t have to worry that the colour might continue to develop.
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