How to Achieve Your Ideal Shade of Blonde

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Coloring blonde hair can be tricky but oh-so-beautiful when it's done right. Below you'll find beautiful blonde hair color formulas to inspire you to try something new.

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Icy Blonde

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Existing level: 7

Formula 1: Matrix V-Lite De-Dusted Lightener + 20-volume developer.

Formula 2: Matrix V-Lite De-Dusted Lightener + 30-volume developer.

Formula 3: Matrix Color Sync SPV (Sheer Pastel Violet) + developer.

Apply Formula 1 to root area and Formula 2 to mid-lengths and ends.

Lift to pale yellow, shampoo, condition and dry hair to 80%. (If necessary, rinse hair and apply a second batch of lightener to achieve the desired level of lift.)

Tone with Formula 3 and process up to 20 minutes.

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Pale Golden Blonde

Existing level: 5-8

Formula 1: L’Oréal Professionnel Platinium Blue + 30 volume developer. Lift to pale yellow.

Formula 2: L’Oréal Professionnel Luocolor equal parts 9 + 8.03 + 20-volume developer from roots to ends.

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Strawberry Blonde

Prelighten to pale yellow with desired powder lightener

Formula: Redken Shades EQ 30 grams 9AA +10 grams 9RB + developer.

Apply to wet hair at the shampoo bowl and process for 10 minutes.

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Ombre Blonde

Existing level: 6

Formula 1: Clairol Kaleidacolors Bleach (Blue) + 40 volume. Backcomb all sections of the hair and apply the product to the ends that are sticking out.

Make sure to keep the bleach wet and that the strands are fully saturated with product.

Formula 2: Shades EQ Gloss 7NB + Shades EQ processing solution

Apply toner from roots to ends on shampooed, towel-dried hair.

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Bronde (Brown and Blonde)

This term has been popping up a lot lately to describe clients that want to be blonde, but not too blonde.  

Existing level: 7

Formula 1: Clairol Professional Cream Color 9/A + 20 volume developer

Formula 2: Clairol Kaleidacolors Bleach (Beige) with 30 volume developer

Formula 3: Clairol Color Gloss 8N + developer

Foil in formula 1 and 2 and apply formula 3 in between the packets on all remaining strands of hair.

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