To craft those gorgeous honey blonde hair colors, you need a pre-lightener, a glow-boosting toner, and the perfect pro techniques to make your client's hue look ultra-natural. Keep these tips in mind for every honey blonde masterpiece you create...
1. Pick the Technique First
When your client comes in for a consultation, make sure you talk about techniques. How you sweep on their honey blonde shade makes a big difference to the finished look and feel. Do they want balayage with a shadow root? Bright blonde highlights? Subtle honey babylights? Ask them to bring in photos so you can make sure you're picking the right painting technique for their hair goals.
2. Apply the Perfect Pre-Lightener
Unless your client's existing blonde base is very light, you'll need to kick off their salon appointment with a lightening session. Wella Professionals offers a range of pre-lighteners to give you full control over the level of lift and placement. Here's how to pick the right one:
For highlights and all-over lightening, try: BlondorPlex. This easy-to-use, vegan powder gives you up to nine levels of lift, and even comes packed with our bond-strengthening WellaPlex ingredient to support strands as the color lifts.
For freehand techniques such as balayage, try: Blondor Freelights. Specially formulated for painterly sweeping, it stays exactly where you want it (no smudging!) during open-air development. You can also add WellaPlex No1 Bond Maker to the formula to boost hair strength.
For on-scalp lightening, try: Blondor Soft Blonde Cream. It's especially good for face-framing highlights and all-over color, givingyou gentle blonde results with up to seven levels of lift.
For lifting and toning in one, try: Koleston Perfect Special Blonde shades. Look for hues with a number 12 before the stroke (like 12/07) if you're going for a single-process, no-bleach blonde with a gentle, controlled, clean lift.
3. Choose the Honey Hair Hues
Once locks have been lifted to the correct level, it's time to tone with a honey hair color. You'll find a range of golden hues in the Wella Professionals portfolio, so you're truly spoilt for choice. Here are some of our favorites:
From the permanent Koleston Perfect collection, try: 9/03 for rich radiance, 9/7 for a golden honey tone or 9/73 for a honey with a touch of brown. Bonus: like BlondorPlex, these shades are vegan, making them a perfect pairing.
From the demi-permanent Color Touch collection, try: 8/3, 8/0 or 9/3 for bright honey hues with intense vibrancy, shine and up to 70% gray coverage.
From the demi-permanent Shinefinity Color Glaze collection, try: 08/38 Honey Latte, a zero-damage, zero-lift blonde hair shade that can be used to tone pre-lightened locks or subtly shift your client's natural blonde base color.