1. Shade the Roots
If you’re working with a natural brunette base, first you need to decide what to do with the root area. Does your client want to keep their existing shade, or would they like you to add a root shadow? When the latter is true, consider what color product is best suited to their needs. We recommend Color Touch for a demi-permanent tint, Color Fresh for a semi-permanent hue, and Koleston Perfect for permanent color that can also achieve gray coverage.
2. Lighten Mid-Lengths and Ends
Next, lighten the mid-lengths and ends of hair, so those ombre tones stand out. You’re aiming for a lift that’s no more than three levels lighter than the roots. Try Blondor Freelights for this step, or look to Blondorplex for a lightener that strengthens locks. You can apply this step while the root shadow is on, but ensure the two formulas don’t touch.
3. Tone to the Perfect Shade
Once you’ve rinsed out the root shadow and hair lightener, tone the hair to your client’s dream brunette shade. Again, this should be lighter than the root shadow, in line with the level of lift you’ve achieved. You can mix up one or two formulas here. If you use two, apply the medium hue through the middle of the hair, then stroke the lightest hue through the ends to get that gentle graduation.