I recently got my hair colored by one of my good friends who is also a licensed stylist. I wanted to share the formula and technique with you all just in case you want something similar. I have tried to color my own hair many times because I know what I’m doing. It is just so different when it comes to yourself. It’s been a rough journey, but I finally got my hair done and I don’t have horrible brassy hair anymore.Here we go!

My hair was a mess. I went from a sombre, which is a rooty, soft ombre, to a level 7 brown. Then, I used a color remover on myself and it turned a little brassy. Then I decided I had nothing going on so I tried a pink shampoo that turned my ends pink. That was kinda fun for a minute. After all that, I decided that I needed to get my hair done. And, my husband didn’t disagree, which means my hair definitely needed a change.

Before and After


I mixed up Redken flash lift with a 30 volume developer. Then mixed in Olaplex number 1. That changed the volume to a 20. This would be for my highlights. For the lowlights, I mixed Redken color fusion 7 bc  with color fusion 7 n to get a pretty caramel color. I did a 20 volume developer with Olaplex number 1 which made it a 10 volume. I did a half ounce of each color, and like 3 scoops of lightener. We used Reynolds 711 foils.


My friend only sectioned the sides away from the back, and then started in the back bottom sections. We used a foil weave technique to achieve a more blended look. I had about a half an inch of virgin hair, then a dark band where my brown color used to be, then I had another band of where it all blended from the previous color. My friend took sections from the back and did a weave and placed the hair in a foil and painted the color on. We did two blondes to a brown, that way It wasn’t more dark than light.


We had a ton of foils in my hair because the only way to get the banding out was to go back to back with foil, only leaving out the weaved subsections. Foiling and weaving my whole head, in between taking care of kids, took about two hours. We let that sit for about 35 min and then rinsed my hair.

Final touches

Top- Before picture with natural lighting Bottom- After Picture with unnatural light

When using olaplex, it is a two-step system. After rinsing out the color, we put the number 2 on and let that sit for about 10 minutes. After that we shampooed, conditioned, and then did a haircut.

My results are amazing and I’m very pleased. Most people are doing the balayage technique for a more lived-in look. But, don’t be afraid to be old school and get a two-color weave. I hope this post has inspired you and will help you with what you are wanting to achieve.



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