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I had a conversation with a friend lately about her Hair. She asked me what I would recommend that she do to it. Quick backstory, her Hair hasn’t seen a Colour brush in about 3 years and her Natural given shade is looking a little dull and taking it out on her through her complexion. I told her that I would like to paint some Highlights through the ends of her Hair, keeping them casual so they softly fall around her face and bottom half of her Hair. I then said I would give her the Product and show her how to do it. Her response? No way, if I do it myself my Hair will end up like a rainbow. I try not to eye roll because I love this answer, it’s one I hear a lot. Of course, this response to me is ridiculous, to create a rainbow you need multiple Colours guys. That’s the fear talking. Rainbows will not appear when painting Blonde Highlights. So as a fellow Brunette I wanted to show her that you can paint your own Highlights without your Hair turning into an array of rainbow Colours. Here are my stats. Current Hair Colour: Coloured with 5 Light Brown. I don’t want to add another step in and Colour Remove, so I will be using the Hair Lightener for my Highlights. Products used: Hair Lightener and 30 Volume Developer for the Highlights. 7.1 Ash Blonde and No Lift Developer to Tone. Hair Lightener 30 Volume Developer 7.1 Ash Blonde No Lift Developer Method: I am following our own Hair 101: A Foolproof Guide to Highlighting. I will be painting my Highlights in a casual balayage style, keeping my Highlights finer and higher around my face and larger through my ends. I will keep my regrowth dark and untouched. Step 1 I divide and clip my Hair into 4 sections. This is important to do so I can easily navigate my way through my Hair and keep it all clean. Step 2 Starting with one of my bottom sections, I use my Tint Brush to create a horizontal row around 1.5 cm thick. I weave through the Hair, pulling out the pieces of Hair I want to Colour. Step 3 Now it's time to start painting. I'm going to keep my Colour off my root area, starting at least 2 cm’s from my root line, varying where I start my Highlights. I wrap the Coloured Hair in foil to stop it from going on the rest of my Hair and to process. Step 4 I finish the rest of my section, before continuing onto my other bottom section. Step 5 Now I move onto my top sections I'm going to change my Colouring rows to vertical. My Highlights through this area will be a bit more refined and spaced further apart. I want to start my Highlights higher around my face and taper them down as I move away from my face. My aim here is to keep the small and finer around the face to look more Natural. After completing each row, I cover it in foil. Step 6 I am going to keep my mixture on for 30 minutes, after the first 15 I start checking my Highlights through the first section I did. I removed the foil from the rows that have Lightened enough, so it will match the other side. Once processing time is up, it’s time to wash it out. Step 7 After a blow dry and a quick once over, I decide that my Highlights are too Warm for my liking and it’s time to Tone. I mix 7.1 Ash Blonde with No Lift and apply to my Highlighted areas for 20 minutes, checking in on my Colour ever 5 minutes. Step 8 I wash out my Toning products, shampoo and condition as normal ready for my blow-dry. And look at that, I painted my own Highlights.
There is a difference between Pigment and Reflect.
There is a difference between Pigment and Reflect. Pigment is the Hair Colour that Colours the Hair. Reflect is the result of the pigment. Reflects are the Colours that you see through the Hair in Light or with movement. For example. You have a Honey Blonde Hair Colour, a mixture of 9 Light Blonde and 9.3 Light Golden Blonde. The Colour looks Blonde but when the Hair is in the sunlight or moves, you'll see the Warm Golden reflects. There are 2 types of reflect: Warm and Cool. Warm reflects come from Warm Hair Colour pigments like Copper, Gold and Red. They are a lot more reflective and when the hues catch the Light, they give the illusion of expansion. That’s one of the great things about Warm Hair Colours, the reflects can make your Hair look thicker and will shine a lot brighter. Cool reflects come from Cool Hair Colour pigments like Ash, Beige and Violet. They are calming hues that counteract any Warmth in the Hair and Cool it down and leave you with a silver, smokey or creamy Colour. Unless you just want to Tone your Hair back to a Natural/neutral shade. Where do you find reflect? There are no reflects in Natural Colours for starters. Reflects are found in Colours with more than one number. This is how you break down a Hair Colour’s number.The first number of a Hair Colour is always a Natural shade that dictates how Light or Dark the Colour will be.The second number is the primary reflect and the third is the secondary reflect. The primary reflect will be the most dominant. For example:8.2 Light Beige Blonde.8 is the Natural Light Blonde base, so we can tell the Colour is Blonde and Light. .2 is the primary Beige Reflect. Now we know 8.2 is a Cool Colour that will give your Hair a creamy, Beige reflect. 7.46 Rich Copper Red.7 is the Medium Blonde base..4 is the primary Copper reflect. 6 is the secondary Red reflect. Now we know 7.46 is a Warm Colour with strong Copper reflects. Get to know your pigments, to know your reflects. 1 = Ash Cool reflect. Use for a smokey, Cool reflect and a sleek and smooth Hair Colour. 2 = Beige Cool reflect.Use for creamy muted reflects and a calm and shiny Hair Colour. 20 / 22 = Violet Cool reflect.Use for a Cool Pinky, Red Colour with fun Violet and Red reflects. 3 = Gold Warm reflect.Use to add Warmth with Bronzed, Golden reflects through the Hair. 4 = Copper Warm reflect.Use for brightening the Hair with strong, Orange Copper, Chestnut and Auburn reflects. 5 = Mahogany / Plum Warm and Cool reflect.Use for richer, deeper Red reflects. 6 = Red Warm reflect.Use for indulgent Red reflects that add serious vibrancy to the Hair. Quick tip If you’re looking for a Colour to Warm up the Hair, giving it a Bronzed, glowing reflect use these Colours. 5.53 Chocolate Brown BUY NOW 7.46 Rich Copper Red BUY NOW 9.3 Golden Blonde BUY NOW If you’re looking for a Colour to Cool and smooth your Hair, use these Colours. 6.2 Dark Beige Blonde BUY NOW 7.20 Cool Violet BUY NOW 9.1 Light Ash Blonde BUY NOW
We love this Colour shade in large doses.
Photo: Tumblr I think it's fairly obvious we’re having a real Copper moment. We’re pulling inspiration from our Copper Range and adding it into our Colour mixers (like the Strawberry Blonde) or we’ll be ‘gramming about them whenever we can fit them in without overloading the feed. If there’s anything to take away from Coppers it is that they are diverse. Some rich, others deep, the occasional Auburn hues and the Intense. So if the Copper has caught your eye too and you're not 100% sure of the serving suggestions start with this first tip. Coppers Colour number is .4 which means any Colour with .4 in its number has a Copper reflect.Another thing. Coppers suit Warm Undertones, and as these skin undertones crave Depth and Warmth the Copper Tones will flatter and warm up the complexion and won’t wash you out. Photo: Tumblr 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde 6.4 is a pure Copper that has no other reflects, just Copper and a 6 Dark Blonde base. It’s a Colour that can be worn at any age, softening any cracks and crevasses while adding a glow back into the cheeks. 6.4 Dark Copper Blonde BUY NOW Photo: Tumblr 7.46 Rich Copper Red 7.46 is a fuller shade with deep, rich Copper and Red Tones and a 7 Medium Blonde base which means it won’t be too dark. When these Tones fuse together, they create a Copper with more Red hues compared to a typical “Orange” Copper. 7.46 Rich Copper Red BUY NOW Photo: Tumblr 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde When your desire is to have a Colour that is unapologetically bright and intense in equal amounts, choose 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde. But then this funny thing happens, you see those Light Copper hues and even though this is a seriously vibrant Colour, it is also quite delicate too. 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde BUY NOW Photo: Tumblr The Peach Blonde Mixing the Lightness of 9 Light Blonde with a dash of 8.44 Intense Copper Blonde smoothes down the Copper’s animation into a pastel, Peach sorbet hue that is the perfect top up when you want to add some zest to a dull Blonde. The Peach Blonde BUY NOW Photo: Tumblr The Chestnut Brunette For a tamer way to join the Copper train, the Chestnut Brunette offers you depth, Warmth and Copper altogether. This combination gives the Hair a punchy glow whilst still being reserved. The chestnut Brunette BUY NOW