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How to Lift Dark Roots & Tone Hair Blonde


Do you have dark roots which you are looking to lift?

In this blog we will show you how to do it.

And obtain a stunning white blonde result - from roots to tips.

Keep reading...

How to use Bleach on the Roots

Applying Bleach to Roots

Applying Bleach to Roots: remember to really saturate with your bleach mix

Applying lightener to the root area if you have never done it before can seem challenging.

However, with a little practice, and some good products, the results can be excellent.

There are several things you need to do to get the lifting of the root area right:

  • Use a very good quality of bleach. It's going to be acting right near the scalp, so it's essential that it does not irritate it.
  • Make a nice gravy-like mix. A ratio of 1 part bleach to 2 parts developer is about right.
  • really smother the mix on the hair wherever it is dark. Don't be tentative or fearful.
  • Make sure you don't under-process. Keep checking and keep developing until the hair is truly a level 10.

Using Brilliant Blondexx Bond Protect Lightener

Brilliant Blondexx lightener

Brilliant Blondexx lightener with Bond Protect

We would really recommend that you use Ugly Duckling's Bond Protect Lightener.

It contains Bond Protect, which means that it protects the hair as it lifts and lightens.

Very few bleaches on the market have this.

Also, it only requires 20 Vol for most near-scalp operations.

Rinse when the hair gets to level 10

Level 10

This is the level the hair needs to be after bleaching

With bleach, it is important to keep checking to make sure that it is lifting.

The biggest mistake that colorists sometimes make is to under-process the bleach.

You mustn't do this. Only rinse when you get to level 10 - very very pale yellow.

Then rinse.

Ugly Duckling's Permanent Toners

Hair toned with Pearl Blonde toner

Hair toned with Ugly Duckling's Intense Pearl Blonde Toner

After you rinse, it's time to tone.

There are a few toners you can use.

For the true white blonde transformation, we would recommend our toner Intense Pearl Blonde 100V toner.

This toner is one of Ugly Duckling's permanent toners.

It comes in a cream tube and is typically mixed with 20 Vol developer.

It's a cream toner which has a special booster ingredient as well as the pearl and purple pigments.

So it's a lifting product as well as a toner. So it's very unique among toners in that sense.

Ugly Duckling's Demi-Permanent Toners

Hair toned with Blondify Natural Ash Blonde toner

Hair toned with Blondify Natural Ash Blonde toner

Are you looking to tone and refresh your blonde highlights rather than go totally white blonde?

And to color and condition at the same time?

Then you should use Ugly Duckling's new demi-permanent Blondify toning range.

The above toning was achieved with Blondify Natural Ash Blonde Toner 010A.

These toners have amazing shine and gloss.

They also have Bond Protect built it. Plus they are ammonia-free.

So the conditioning is all there as well as the toning.

Very importantly, these are non-lifting toners.

So you can glaze and tone hair without touching a dark base if you have one.

Processing time is just 10 minutes.

Remember: the details do count when lifting and toning 

Getting dark roots blonde is all about executing the details well.


Use enough bleach and saturate the dark hair really well.

Only wash off when you have got to level 10 very pale yellow.

Saturate also with toner, whether you are using a permanent cream one or a demi liquid one.


About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.

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