Color How-To: Pearl Blonde

hair by Brooklyn Cardenas

Fall might be just around the corner, but it's never too late to cool things down for the rest of the summer. California-based stylist and salon owner Brooklyn Cardenas entered this icy blonde creation in the Paul Mitchell 2020 Color Outside the Lines contest and took home the award for Best Blonde. Here, she's breaking down the formula and inspiration behind the look. 

“The creative process is a lot like the blonding process," Cardenas says. "You start out with unlimited possibilities and work through your inspiration. Then, because you have a strong foundation of truth and understanding you know your limitations and boundaries, you can decide on where you want to go. Now, the key is to have the patience in the process.”

Get the look:


Enjoying this story? Subscribe to the American Salon Newsletter

Get inspirational trends, techniques, tips, education and the latest beauty news delivered right to your inbox! To read on the go, sign up today to get weekly beauty news and updates.
  1. Section hair into 4 quadrants.
  2. Starting in the back, or where hair is the darkest, apply the Paul Mitchell Synchrolift+ formula to the base. Place a small foil or cotton in between each section.
  3. Let process until hair is a pale-yellow level 10.
  4. Rinse and Shampoo
  5. Apply Flash Toner Brass-Free Violet from Paul Mitchell the Demi to towel dried hair. Start at the base and work into the ends.
  6. Process for 10 min
  7. Rinse and condition
  8. Style as desired

Suggested Articles

With most of the amenities stripped away from salons, one of the only things a stylist can offer guests is a phenomenal experience.

Now the founder of a lifestyle and content company, Brown is getting real about what it takes to survive the pandemic as a business.

The Take Back Boxes provide Davines guests with an easy way to recycle Davines packaging at their salon.