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how to LIGHTEN OUT box dye with highlights

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hey guys!! veronica is here today with our lovely client, martha.

today, we are we are going to doing a color correction on martha’s hair to create a more even gradient. the top portion of her hair is too dark, and martha has been doing touch ups at home with box dye.

to break up the dark portion of martha’s hair, veronica will be applying a full head of of FOILS. the idea is to color match the DARK BLONDE portion of the hair.  

the goal is to pull the blonde further up onto the shafts of hair. to do this veronica will LIGHTEN the top portion, leaving a small amount of dark to create a shadowed root.

we want to create a SEAMLESS GRADIENT from dark to light. this will also be much easier to touch up in the future, as it will only require root touch-ups to martha’s hair


here you can see martha’s hair sectioned into 4 quadrants, as well as a small section at the front for her bangs.

veronica begins to apply the foils to the back sections. for this process, she’ll incorporate a baby fine weave between every 2 to 3 sections to help break up the color and create a fine veil of dark that is going to look amazing

she applies the lightener on the dark portions of hair, making sure to FEATHER the lightener onto the hair. It is important to avoid overlapping the lightener onto the previously lightened ends to avoid damage from over-processing.

to create the FINE WEAVE, veronica makes sections that are about a half centimeter in width, she then splits that in half. the lower portion of these sections will remain DARK.

PROTIP: martha has a thick, coarse, hair. for this texture of hair, you can make the fine weave slightly wider then you would with fine, fair hair. this ensures the effect is still visible even if her hair is not straightened..

creating the SHADOWED ROOT

to create the shadowed root, veronica is FEATHERING the LIGHTENER upward toward the roots. when she has reached about a half inch from the scalp, she  the brush vertical and feather up to create a DIFFUSED line from dark to light.

because martha has so much dark colored hair that she wants to break up, veronica is PLACING the FOILS close together and  working in very small sections.

by using this sectioning pattern veronica staggers the amount of dark left in the hair. this effect further DIFFUSES the dark to light transition.

the CROWN section

as veronica works her way up to the CROWN of the head, the sections are getting even thinner so that there is very little dark color left on the strands.

as veronica moves to the front the pattern will work very similarly to what was done on the crown.

we want a lot of lightness near the front, so the sections veronica makes on these portions of the hair will be very thin, and the foils will be placed almost back to back.

veronica incorporates more fine weave sections towards the front.

veronica feathers the lightener into the strands, continuing the pattern until all the hair is in foils.

PROTIP: remember to STAGGER the amount of dark left at the root, just like it was done in the back sections.

here we see martha’s hair, with all of the foils applied.

taking a look at some of the back foils we can see the lightener EXPANDING in the foils. this means it is beginning to OXIDIZE.


veronica is now going to WASH out the back foils and let the front ones continue to process a bit more.

while the rest of the foils process, simply clip the rest of the hair up to keep it out of the way.

after a few more minutes, we check one of the foils. the rest of her hair has processed and we can wash the rest of the lightener out.

we can see that the newly lightened sections still have quite a bit of warmth so veronica is  going to use an 8a toner to get rid of the WARM TONES.

on the sections that have less pigment, veronica will be using an 8p since there is less tone to be neutralized out.

here is martha’s hair with the TONER all applied

STYLING the hair

for the styling process, veronica will be applying the nvenn 'replenish' restoration oil. this repairs the hair as well as adds SHINE to give your hair some life and vibrance.

next putting in the nvenn  'protect' heat shield. this product creates a thermal barrier on the shafts of the hair to protect the strands from the damaging effects of heat tools.

the FINISHED look

after about 6 hours in the chair, we are all done, and the results are beautiful

veronica was able to create a stunning transition and create some beautiful highlight tones to break up the dark portions of hair.

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