Today I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina – she told me how she’d gone to hairdresser after hairdresser, and had never been very happy with her hair. She’d been all blonde, and then gone back to her natural black, and then wanted to have an ombre – too much damage and she was just dying to have it grow out and be healthy again! Unfortunately, the “ombre” that was last done on her hair, had not been lifted properly and it was a very orange gold blonde with a very distinct line. Ombre is a graduated color – never ever a line!
I was so happy that Sabrina saw my instagram page and trusted me with fixing her hair. This is my favorite thing to do! Transform someone and make them HAPPY! I love making men and women feel confident in how they look!
Once we talked over all the options, it was decided we would leave as much of her natural hair as possible, to continue with the ombre idea, so that she could grow it out to be perfectly healthy again. I knew to break up that line of color, I was going to do small, “baby lights” as they are called. Very finely placed balayage highlights to soften and blur the line of color, while still leaving her natural darkness in place. To do so, I did some sections with 20+lightener, others with PM 8N+6A, and still others with PM 8CB+6A to really soften that line, cool the color down and blend, blend BLEND.
Once I was finished with all that, I went back in with mechee papers and 20+lightener to brush on all over the remaining blonde ends to brighten everything to a level 9. The Before photo really doesn’t capture how much orange/gold there was!! It was crucial to lighten her hair – very carefully – to get the appropriate level of blonde so that we could tone it to the ash beige blonde she’s always wanted.
Then in the shampoo bowl, I mixed PM UTP+UTA 5vol and left it on for a good 10 minutes to really create the beautiful cool blonde on her. It looked amazing. With a new shapely haircut, and a blowout, Sabrina was rocking her new cool blonde ombre!