How to keep that perfect blonde

General.April 16, 2020
One of the most frequently asked questions from our blonde clients is
“Why does my hair go brassy, and how do I fix it.”
To give the best answer, I’m going to first explain the process of lightening.
Underlying pigment is the tone that the natural hair gives off as you colour/lighten it. The natural pigments slowly get lightened by the oxidation process, getting lighter with each level of lift. Warmth is released when you lighten the natural hair going from darkest brown, red, red orange, orange gold, gold, pale yellow
Below is a chart of the lightening curve.

Depending on what your desired result is, will be dependent on what level of lift you need.

Let’s say for example – your wanting a crisp clean blonde (seen in the image below)

Your hair needs to be lightened to a level 10 – palest yellow and then toned.

Before a toner is applied to your hair your hair is YELLOW!!!! You read that right – YELLOW.
So… now that your hair has been pre-lightened to a level of palest yellow – we need to neutralise the unwanted tone in your hair.
To neutralise an unwanted tone, the opposite colour on the colour wheel is used. The colours opposite each other on the colour wheel are also opposite in terms of tone. That is, warm colours neutralise cool colours, and vice versa. For example, yellow (warm) and its opposite colour violet (cool) neutralise each other.
Note: The yellow in your hair has NOT been removed from your hair, it has been neutralised. The yellow still remains as the underlying pigment underneath the freshly toned hair. Once the toner fades away, the yellow will be exposed again.
This is where blonde maintenance products come in to play.
As your toner fades away, and the underlying pigments are exposed again, you will need to re-tone.
The difference between each blonde product is the strength and tone of pigment in each product.
The violet/purple tones in the products will neutralise the yellow tones in your hair
The blue tones in the products will neutralise the orange tones in your hair
To achieve over-toned/ ashen look, a blue/ash-based product is usually used.
To find the which product is best for you, check out the NAK hair care toning scale below. 
To maintain that perfect blonde from home click here
If you live in Redlands QLD, we offer free drop to your door service.
If you have any questions at all on your blonde locks– pm us on our Facebook page and we can organise a FREE virtual consultation over zoom, or if you’re a bit camera shy, we can chat over Facebook PM

Author: Dana Kovacic

Category : General

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