Tuesday Tip: Color Correction for Natural Light Brown Hair

This woman’s natural hair color is light brown with 60% white.

She had been going to a salon where her hair was being highlighted with powder lightener and low lighted with permanent color.

Color Correction for Natural Light Brown Hair
Color Correction for Natural Light Brown Hair

We applied 60g of permanent 6N (Dark Blonde) + 4g of Green Concentrate + 60g of 20-volume developer to her new growth only.

It was processed for 30 minutes and rinsed.

We then highlighted only her new growth area using foils with XL-Powder mixed with 20-volume developer.

At the same time between the foils and down the shaft we low-lighted using 60g of D-6G + 4g of D-8RO + 60g of 10-volume developer.

After the highlights and lowlights were shampooed from her hair we did a final overall glaze using 60g of D-10G + 15g of D-8GB + 75g of 10-volume developer.

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Tuesday Tip: Color correction with no peroxide

Occasionally a color may be a little too dark when it finishes processing.

Here’s a quick fix to get it up to one level lighter without using peroxide.

This only works the day you do the service and before the hair is dried.

  • Mix XL-Powder with warm water. At the sink quickly apply it to all of the hair.
  • Keep an eye on it.
  • Depending upon the depth of the color, it will take as little as 3 minutes or as long as 20 minutes to lighten the hair one level.

This is a good technique to use when you have highlights in the hair and you only do a touch-up on the new growth. Sometimes the color bleeds onto the highlights when shampooing. This technique will bring the highlights “back to life”.

Color correction with no peroxideThe first photo shows a virgin strand of salt and pepper light brown hair that has been tinted to medium brown.
Color correction with no peroxideThe second photo shows the lightening effect of XL-Powder and water for 10, 20 and 30 minutes.

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