1. Pick a Pre-Lightener
While light blonde hair may not need pre-lightening to create the perfect base, anything darker could require a lift to ensure those sunset colors pop. Which lightener you use depends on the melted effect you want to create, whether it’s a root-to-tip transformation or a subtler balayage.
For balayage and foilyage: If you’re giving your client a sunset balayage or foilyage (balayage in foils), opt for a freehand lightener, like . It harnesses an adhesive mass to ensure it stays put. This means, wherever you stroke it, you don’t have to worry about smudging it onto other strands. Those painterly ribbons will gleam, glimmer and glow in all the right places.
For close-to-scalp lightening: When you’re dealing with a sensitive scalp, is the perfect product. The gentler formula allows you to lift at the root, taking hair up to seven levels lighter. It’s also infused with protective lipids that coat each strand of hair, helping to protect locks from moisture loss during the lightening process.
For bond-strengthening color: Another great option for highlights or all-over lightening is , which comes infused with our bond-strengthening . Perfect for promoting stronger locks while lifting to perfection, it creates an even canvas for sunset color. Rinse with the to complete the treatment.
2. Decode Their Shades
Sunset hair isn’t just one color. It’s not even one color family. What counts as a sunset blend for one client may not hit the mark for the next. That’s why it’s important to ask for photos before you start mixing up their shades, so you can see if they’re into golden-red combinations or purple-pink color melts. Just make sure there’s always a touch of coral or orange in their unique mix. This is the defining hue that will tie their sunset-inspired tones together.
3. Choose the Right Product
Whether your client craves a semi-permanent, demi-permanent or permanent color, there are so many shades and so many ways to unlock a sunset mane.
Permanent Koleston Perfect: With a palette of Vibrant Reds, bold Special Mix shades and a pure-pigment finish, is your go-to for creating permanent sunset looks that are brimming with intensity. Try adding a stroke of violet 0/65 or gold 0/30 for color clash creation to remember.
Demi-permanent Color Touch: Like Koleston Perfect, boasts a host of Vibrant Reds and Special Mix shades for shade-brave clients. From golds to corals to purples, there are so many ways to step up their sunset ‘do. Plus, the demi-permanent formula means they’ll get plenty of shine and a low-commitment way to work the trend; ideal for bold hair beginners who are trying the trend for the first time.
Semi-permanent Color Fresh CREATE: This is one of the most popular sunset hair products – and for good reason. With a palette of bold brights in pinks, oranges, reds, golds and more, gives you boundless ways to work the trend. The colors can be mixed together, blended with Tomorrow Clear for a pastelized effect, or worn in side-by-side rainbow ribbons through pre-lightened lengths.