- A beautiful balayage effect.
- Covering deep regrowth.
How it Works:
If your client's gray regrowth is deep, consider turning their highlights into a reverse balayage. Instead of adding hair lightener to the lengths, like you would with a classic balayage, you work with the existing lightness and darken the root. The trick is to paint the regrowth first, and stroke it right down to the mid-lengths. This way it melts into the lighter color on the lengths and ends, while giving complete coverage. Then, as seen in @christopher_wella's gray blending video, you can tone the existing highlights to give them a quick refresh. This creates a rich color that melts from dark to light flawlessly.
3 Tips for Gray Blending:
1. Choose the Right Color Product for Your Client
First up, find out how intense your client wants their gray coverage to be. If they want complete camouflage, use a permanent color like Koleston Perfect or Illumina Color. Meanwhile, for a softer finish with little to no demarcation line and up to 70% coverage, retouch roots with rich, lustrous demi-permanent Color Touch.
2. Brush Down and Blend From Roots to Mid-Lengths
Starting from the roots, sweep your client's chosen root color down to the mid-lengths. Feather it downwards for a softer, more diffused finish, ensuring you saturate strands to disguise grays.
3. Finish with a Toner to Refresh and Balance
Once the root color has developed and been rinsed out, finish the service with a toner on mid-lengths and ends. This will refresh the existing highlights, while helping the new root color blend more seamlessly.