Blonde, Red, And Back Again: A Survival Story.

   There are very few instances where I feel like talking solely about a specific transformation. Usually I focus on a broad range of cuts and color, often grouping them into categories.  However, I was so proud of this transformation from last Saturday that I wanted to dedicate a little slice of the internet toward it.  

   Back in December was the first time coloring Kristyn's hair.  She had a very golden blonde and was looking to go a vibrant bright red.  This had me pretty apprehensive.  Don't get me wrong, I will do whatever a client asks me (as long as its safe for them and their hair), but when a blonde wants to go red...thats kind of scary.  You see, blondes will ALWAYS GO BACK TO BLONDE.  Despite knowing this fact, we went ahead with that plan...and I loved the result. 

   Needless to say, when I saw Kristyn's name in my appointment book last Saturday, I already knew why. She was ready to go back to blonde.  I knew I had a long day ahead of me, but I was super excited for the challenge, as I consider blonding my specialty.  Before i get into the process, here is the final color.

   Because I had a limited time for the initial application, and we wanted the color as bright as possible, I combined both balayage and traditional foiled highlights.  I painted the entire underneath and sides, leaving VERY LITTLE hair out, a lot of people wouldnt have left any hair out at all.  However, we didnt want a total absence of warmth, and the darker pieces create a dimensional shadow effect that I really love.  

   For maximum brightness on the top I did back to back foiled highlights with a VERY fine weave. (just in case your'e wondering, which you probably aren't, I never slice foils...I'm just not a fan.)  This created a bright veil over the more dimensional underneath.  For balayage I used Wella Freelights with 40 volume developer, and the foils I used Wella Blondor with 20 volume. 

   After processing to a solid level 9, I bumped Kristyn's base with Illumina 10/1 and 13 volume developer for about five minutes, just to bring it all together, and for added brightness around her face. This is my go to base break for natural level 7, as long as the hair is on the finer side.  We finished by glazing Kristyn's hair with equal parts 10/6, 9/16, and three inch line of 8/3 in Wella Color Touch.  This is a fool proof toner for buttery blondes...the only factor you need to customize is the amount of 8/3 in your formula, but don't let it scare you! The 10/6 and 9/16 really keep that gold in check. 

   Thanks for listening to me ramble about hair! I was super happy with Kristyn's hair, and am looking forward to seeing her again in a few months to go even brighter.