Color How-To: Dry Ice Blonde

(Megan Grimm)

After a a year and a half of growth, color fading, deposit build-up, breakage, and discoloration, I had my hands full with this transformation. Before I jumped into color, I considered how much length would need to go. Cutting her length a few inches below her jaw allowed her to still feel like she had length, but balanced the weight of her cut and gave her a more solid hairline. With more weight surrounding her face, her cheeks and jaw line appeared slimmer and drew the focus towards the center of her face. Cutting all of this length prior to coloring allowed me to better determine how much blonde I wanted to add, how high on her head I wanted to lift her blonde, and saved me a ton of product.

Make no mistake, this process was a long—the application took six hours of work because the client had extremely dense, fine hair. Multiple techniques and products were used to achieve what you see above. The nape section of her back hairline required blonding at her ends, and I also used a combination of foilyage, hand-painted balayage, backcombing slices and fine weaving to create a smooth gradient and cover as much ground as possible.



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Blonding: Powder Decolorizer, 20 vol 1:2

Balayage Blonding: Clay Decolorizer, 20 vol 1:1

Base Tone: 20gr 4A, 20gr 6P, 80gr Translucent, 40gr Demi

Ends Tone: 27gr 10P, 3gr 9A, 60gr Translucent, 30gr Demi