Color How-To: Ashy Brunette Balayage

photos courtesy of @hair_by_brooklynnn

Although a large majority of clients choose to warm up their color during the winter, some opt for the cooler side of the color wheel and others like a little bit of both. Sitting right in the middle of cool and warm, Brooklyn Freud (@hair_by_brooklynnn), a California-based balayage and ombre specialist, created an ashy brunette color for her client that maintains face-framing warmth and creates high-contrast dimension with ashy tones. Here's how: 

Get the Look:

  • Lighten hair using Schwarzkopf Blonde Me 20-volume in the back of the head, 30-volume on the sides and top. 
  • Alternate between foil babylights and balayage.
  • Process without heat for 35 minutes and then put under dryer for 10 minutes if hair is resistant to lightening. 
  • Tone hair with Wella 3N at the roots and through to the mid-band. Let sit for five minutes.
  • Retoned the ends with Wella T-18 and a cap-size amount of 1n to cancel out the warmth and let sit for 15 minutes.


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