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When you're Colouring from a Lightened Blonde to a Brunette, a Hair Colour filler pumps the potency back into your Colour for a smooth, even Hair Colour.
Have you ever jumped down the Colour ladder, skipped a step and fell flat on your face because you slipped on your Colour choices? Or in other words, Coloured your Hair from a Lightened Blonde to a Brunette to be surprised with a Khaki Green, Brown Colour? If you’re nodding your head while reading this, it’s time to learn about Hair Colour fillers. What is a Hair Colour filler? A Colour filler is like the cream centre of your Oreo; it’s a Colour you use in between your current Colour and the Colour you want to be. Its job is to build your Hair Colour pigment back into your Hair that gets taken out when you’ve Bleached or Coloured your Hair Lighter. When do you need a Hair Colour filler? You need a Colour filler when you are transitioning more than 3 levels from Light to Dark.For example: You are currently a 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde and want to be a 5 Light Brown, which is a change of 5 levels. Where does it need to be applied to? Apply your Colour filler to your already Lightened Hair only. It does not need to be applied to your Regrowth. What Hair Colours should you use as a Colour filler? Hair Colours with Warm / Golden pigments. As you Lighten your Hair you are removing the Warmer Red and Orange pigment from your Hair, these are the pigments used to build Dark Hair Colours. When you begin the process of Darkening your Hair you need to put these Warm pigments back into your Hair, so your new Darker Colour has a solid base to build off. For your filler Colour choose a Colour 1-2 shades Lighter than your goal Brunette. 5.3Golden Brown BUY NOW 5.53Chocolate Brown BUY NOW 7.3Golden Blonde BUY NOW 7.53Chocolate Blonde BUY NOW What happens if I don’t use a Colour filler? You’ll skip a step on the ladder down, causing a tumble. Without your Lightened Hair having the added Warm Colour filler pigment, your new Brunette won’t have enough pigment to grab and build off. This means you’ll have an uneven Hair Colour, with a distinct difference between your Regrowth and Lightened ends. You may find your Hair Colour looks Green and lacks oomph and potency. What Developer should I use with my Colour filler? No Lift Developer. No Lift Developer BUY NOW For example. Current Colour: 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde. 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde Goal Colour: 5.53 Chocolate Brown. Lou is looking for that classic, robust Brunette that has vibrant, Warm Tones. 5.53 Chocolate Brown Colour filler: Lou needs to use a Colour 1-2 shades Lighter, so she chooses a 7.3 Golden Blonde and No Lift Developer and applies the Colour mix over her Lightened Hair only and processes. 7.3 Golden Blonde No Lift Developer She can then proceed to Colouring with her Goal Colour over the top of her entire head.
Imagine all the Hair Colours you can create with a fully customisable Hair Colour Range.
So you’ve heard of such Colour marvels as the Peach Blonde, Deep Violet Indulgence and the Strawberry Blonde? They’re the brainchild of Hanna, our Colour mixologist who may have also guided you on your Hair journey. We sat down with her to talk about her speciality, mixing Hair Colours, and if she had any advice to offer us novices. What’s your role within team My Hairdresser? I answer your questions on the My Hairdresser info line, like What Colour do I need to use to be like the Hair in the picture? I messed up what should I do? My Hair is Yellow, how do I get rid of it? I’m a new Colourer, how do I get started? I also Colour Hair and develop Colour Mixers. What excites you most about your job? Watching people progress from first time Colourer’s to receiving their next email 6 months later and they’re using words like Warmth or reflect and writing to me to double check what they are about to do is correct. Most of the time they’re on the right track. It’s amazing. Today we’re talking about mixing Colours, something I know you're pretty passionate about. *Nods head repeatedly* Yes, yes, yes. What do you wish people knew about mixing Colours? 1. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. 2. It takes your Hair Colour to another level. There are a couple of rules you should follow when mixing. For example, don’t mix a Cool and Warm Colour together, it’s pointless. I always tell Colourer's if you’re only starting out with mixing, keep one Colour a Natural shade. And why is that? It will dictate how Light or Dark your Colour is and is a good base to build your Colour mix off. Then all you need to do is choose the reflect you want to add to your Colour. So how do you know what Colour portions you need to add to your mix? If you want one Colour to dominate use it as 3/4 of your mix. If you want each Colour to evenly represent do 1/2 of each. Or if you want to add a slight reflect to your Natural Colour use 3/4 of your Natural shade with 1/4 of your reflect Colour. What’s the most popular Natural Colour base you recommend? I would say 7 Medium Blonde. It’s a great starting base because it’s that in between Blonde shade that’s not too Dark and not too Light, meaning it’s perfect for a wide variety of Colourer’s. What Colours do you like mixing? It might sound ridiculous but I love mixing 7 with the other Colours in the 7 Range. I love a dirty Blonde hue, so I’ll mix 1/2 x 7 Light Blonde with 1/2 x 7.1 Ash Blonde to tame down the Ash a little. I’m also a huge fan of the Hazelnut Blonde. It works like magic, pumping Golden and Natural Tones back into the Hair and seriously enhancing the Hair Colour. I recommend the Hazelnut Blonde mix (1/2 x 7 Light Blonde with 1/2 x 7.3 Golden Blonde) for our users with over Bleached or Grey/White Hair that seriously needs an overhaul. Do you have any Vibrant or Intense Colours you like to use? Of course! I love using 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde and 9.3 Light Golden Blonde wherever possible. We’ve seen a huge surge in Strawberry Blonde and Peach Blondes recently and I absolutely love these shades. They’re far more diverse than using straight Coppers and makes the complexion sing. Oh and 7.20 Cool Violet. What’s not to love about Violet? What’s your dream Colour mix for yourself? In a dream world, 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde and 9.3 Light Golden Blonde to make all my Strawberry Blonde dreams come true. Unfortunately, that won’t suit me so my next choice would be our mixer I helped create - the Deep Violet indulgence. I love love love the balance of the deep Brunette hues and the rich glossy Violet Tones. I’m really proud of that mix. Do you have any tips you want to leave with our readers? Just try! There’s no need to go over the top, keep it simple with basic Colour quantities. I know I have mentioned Colours in the Lighter end of our Range, but you can add reflects to our Darker shades too. What I love most about our Range is how much control you have. I want to encourage our Colourer's to embrace that and take control and create something incredible. Take a look at some of Hanna’s favourite Colours she created.
And I documented every step along the way.
Last year I spoke about how I am insatiable when it comes to Colouring and am a firm believer in seasonal Colouring. Like clockwork, as soon as the October long weekend was over I had that same familiar feeling come over me, whispering that it was time for a change. And I listened. And so began my one millionth Hair transition. My Hair history This time last year, I traveled on a Hair journey taking me from the depths of 5.53 Chocolate Brown up to a soft, Highlighted Blonde thanks to Colour Remover and 902 Extra Light Beige Blonde. I continued to maintain my Hair with a blend of 8.2 Light Beige Blonde and 7 Medium Blonde at the base that acted as a 2-in-1 as I throw a lot of Warmth and need to keep up with my Toning. Over the cooler months I wanted to add some depth into my roots, so I swapped 8.2 to 6.2 Dark Beige Blonde for a stronger contrast between my roots and ends. (See my before picture above.)Now I want to Lighten my roots and reinvigorate my ends by freshening up the Colour and painting in some new Highlights. I am a lazy Colourer who’s Hair grows quickly, so I want to stick with Darker roots and Lighter ends because it's just so easy to maintain. Step 1. Colour Remove I need to clean out my 6.2 Dark Beige Blonde and 7 Medium Blonde Colour mix to make room for my Lighter Colour. During my first Colour Removing session, I put it over my entire head - even my ends. I know they’re Light, but I have Coloured and Toned them a lot and thought they would benefit from cleaning out some build up so I can start fresh. My second Colour Remover session was focused on my roots area where I had been Colouring with the Darker Colour. This second Colour Remover worked a treat and got rid of everything I didn't need. Step 2. Highlights Highlight mix: 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde and 30 Volume Developer. I love Highlights when they have been painted in freehand with no structure through the Hair. To me, they look super Natural, like you’ve just been personally kissed by the sun. Using a Tint Brush turned on the side, we painted Highlights throughout my Hair. I needed some Highlights to start higher up my Hair as my last ones had grown out. We wrapped each Highlight in foil and processed for 40 minutes. (I got help during this stage because Highlights are not my strong suit.) Step 3. Base Colour and Tone Base Colour mix: 8.2 Light Beige Blonde and 20 Volume Developer. Toning mix: 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde and No Lift Developer. I am Naturally a 7 Medium Blonde and I only want to Lighten to a level 8. I’ve chosen Beige to help soften any Warmth from my Colour Remover in my roots. My Colour is applied on my roots quite casually, staggering where the Colour ends for a smooth Colour transition between the Darker roots and Light Ends. During the last 10 minutes of processing, I used the Toning mix through the rest of my Hair to Tone. I’ve chosen Beige because it’s softer than Ash which also doesn’t suit me. Note: I did this over a couple of days to let the Colour Remover settle. *ta da* the finished Product. Products I used Colour Remover BUY NOW 10.2 Very Light Beige Blonde BUY NOW 8.2 Light Beige Blonde BUY NOW