There are three key ways to create an Instagrammable shadow root for your client. It all comes down to the look they crave and the base you’re working with…
1. If They Like Their Root Color
Why not subtly enhance existing root color with an Illumina Color glossing service? This way, your clients can maintain their depth, but you can elevate the tone and shine. Then, use a balayage technique to lighten mid-lengths and ends, which will result in a delicate contrast against the root shadow. The balayage should be at least two levels lighter than the roots to achieve dimension, and can be perfected using Blondor Freelights for those painterly, freehand highlights.
2. If They Want Darker Roots
For clients who want to alter their root color – not just add a shine-boosting gloss – you will need to use a tint brush to paint color onto damp hair in vertical sections. Choose a hue that’s at least one shade deeper than the mid-lengths, then lightly comb the color downwards. This will soften and blur the edges to get that coveted shadow effect.
3. If They Ask for Gray Coverage
If your client is hoping their root shadow will help to camouflage gray regrowth and make hair glow, suggest they try the new Wella Professionals Luxelights service. It combines sun-kissed highlights with coverage for silver strays, and you can tailor the product to their desired finish. Choose Color Fresh for up to 30% coverage, Color Touch for up to 70% and Koleston Perfect or Illumina Color for up to 100%.
Looking for more advice on creating a shadow root? Watch #MastersOfBalayage founder, Ryan Weeden, in action as he shades his client’s dark blonde locks to perfection.