Every ash blue ‘do will be different, but there are some fundamental rules to follow before you start transforming your client’s hair. Keep these tips in mind…
1. Locks May Need Pre-Lightening
Unless your client’s hair is already a pale shade of blonde, you may need to pre-lighten their hair to ensure those ash blue tones truly stand out. Choose a lightener that matches your technique; BlondorPlex is perfect for highlights and all-over lightening, while Blondor Freelights is specially formulated for freehand painting, like balayage. If you’re lightening close to a sensitive scalp, you could use Blondor Soft Blonde Cream. It’s a gentle yet effective lightener that we like to reach for when painting from root to tip.
2. Choose Blues That Match Your Client’s Needs
Good news: there are plenty of blues (and silvers and grays) in the Wella portfolio, meaning it’s easy to mix up a hue your client will love. The ability to intermix shades within each product range gives you complete control of their ash blue shade, and the range of finishes helps you personalize their look even more. Choose a blue like Koleston Perfect 0/88 for an intense hit of color, Color Touch 0/88 for unbelievable richness or the Shinefinity 0/89 Blue Booster for a zero-damage, zero-lift, translucent color glaze. Then, add in the right ratio of ashy grays (within the same product line) to reach their desired color.
3. Rinse Out Color the Correct Way
When color has developed, not all hair formulas are rinsed or washed out in the same way. To care for color after using an oxidative product, like Koleston Perfect or Color Touch, you should neutralize it with the . Meanwhile, the pH-balanced technology in Shinefinity means it can simply be shampooed out. In this case, all you need is a color-enhancing shampoo and, if hair is dry, a conditioner. Our picks are INVIGO Brilliance Color Protection Shampoo and Vibrant Color Conditioner.