1. Start with Lightener
We want sombre to be subtle, but we don’t want it to be invisible. That’s why darker locks will need to be pre-lightened to ensure the color you apply on top pops. Try Blondor Freelights, applying it from where you want the gradient to start, right down to the tips. Then wash with a shampoo, neutralize with Blondor Seal & Care and dry the hair, ready for toner.
2. Shade the Roots
Some clients will want to stick with their existing root color, allowing you to skip this step. However, if they’re looking to cover regrowth, touch up grays or transform their hair, you can add a little root shading. Choose a demi-permanent color, like Color Touch, in their chosen hue, and apply with a tint brush to the full root section, feathering down to where the gradient will begin.
3. Color the Middle
Next, apply the middle shade of your sombre look. This should be a little lighter than the roots, but deeper than you want the tips to be. Apply it across the full width of the mid-section of hair, gently flicking the formula downwards but leaving the ends completely clean of color.
4. Brighten the Ends
Finally, apply the lightest shade to the full width of the ends of hair. It should be just a little bit brighter than the mid-section and around two shades up from the roots. Remember that the ends of hair tend to be drier – which can make strands more porous and absorbent – so you may want to consider using a lighter shade or adding some 0/00 Special Mix to your formula.
5. Style and Glow
Once the colors have developed, wash the hair and blow-dry to perfection. We love a super-straight style for sombre hair – spritzed with EIMI Thermal Image heat protection spray – to really show off the glowy, gradient effect.