Category: Hair Coloring

Going From Black To Blonde

Going from back to blonde is such a huge process. Most people just look at the before and after pictures and think its that easy. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but it is never that easy. Especially if you want to keep your hair healthy. I have a client who kept putting black color on her hair and overlapping the color every time she did it. Let me show you our hair journey from jet black hair to a dimensional beautiful blonde.

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First Session

My cute client Lori contacted me back in April. She had a level 1 black hair with her regrowth at a level 7 dark blonde. She wanted an ombre. But, she was so use to having dark hair that she wanted to go from a black to an almost platinum blonde on the ends. So to get started I did an ombre technique that blended closer to the scalp then went lighter on the ends. In the first session, she kind of had a red undertone when she left. That weekend I did her hair three days in a row to try to get that black color out and not have any red. But if you know that when you use bleach on dark hair you go thru every color you can imagine, the first time she had a red ombre. Then she called the next day saying she hated it and needed to get thru this warm stage. So I lifted it out with more bleach. Each time I used a bond perfecter called olaplex. It can only be used by professionals. It helps keep the hair strong. After That first weekend, we had her ends at a level 5. Which isn’t very light but from a level 1 it worked out.

Second Session

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When she came back to get her color freshened up we decided to take it one more level lighter. We also decided to do tape in extensions. I got 2 types of babe extensions one color matched her hair perfectly the other was a lighter blonde color. After that, we decided that when she would come in to refresh her color that we would just color her regrowth and tone her ends. So for a couple of times, I just did a level 1 on her regrowth and toned her ends with a 7 ash and 8 beige.extentions

Third session

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So my lovely client decided that she was tired of the dark base and she wanted to do a light brown base with blonde mixed in. I decided to use pravana color extractor to get the black out. That took only 20 min, then I based her from roots to about mid shaft with a level 8 neutral tone. With the color extractor, you always want to do a level lighter because it oxidized darker.

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After I Added on the base color I did a balayage ombre with bleach and olaplex. I let that sit on in between foils for about 25 minutes. It turned out to be a pretty blonde.

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She did have some dark color in her hair but that makes it look natural with the other colors mixed in.

 

Being Blonde

When we finally got to the beautiful blonde I told my client to come back in eight weeks and we will freshen up the color and tone the ends. This whole process has taken about four months. Her hair is healthy, that is what matters to me most. We love the results and are happy she is finally blonde.

I hope this has inspired you and has made enlightened you to the fact that going black to blonde is a process. Comment below and let me know what you think!

 

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Formula for My Two-Color Weave

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.

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Before and After

Formulation

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.

Sectioning/Technique

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.

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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

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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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Your Roots Are Showing. Let’s Fix It!

Let’s talk about the “Line of Demarcation.” It’s when you’ve colored your virgin hair (hair that has never been altered) and your roots grow out and create that obvious line between natural color and altered color. It’s not flattering.

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This is my cute client who bleached her hair herself with box bleach from the drugstore. She had about two inches of regrowth. The integrity of her hair was actually great for being treated with box bleach, and the tone was actually pretty amazing.

To correct the line of demarcation, I decided to do an on-the-scalp bleach (Wella Blondor)  with 20 vol developer (Procare). I started in the back and did 30 vol in the front, trying not to overlap onto the already bleached hair. Then, I stuck her under the dryer for five to ten minutes. Next, I toned with 7a and 8b and dried and styled her hair. It turned out amazing with an ice-beige tone.

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