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How To Get 5 Levels of Lift & Lighten Roots WIthout Bleach

BY SALLY MADISON
NATIONAL COLOR TRAINER

Dark Roots In Need of Lifting & Fixing

Dark Roots in need of lifting

Level 6 Regrowth

Regrowth of Level 6

Level 5 Regrowth

Dark Roots on Blonde Hair 

When dark roots start to show on hair that has been colored blonde, the difference can be really quite visible.

This is especially true when white hair starts appearing at the roots. 

As your hair grows out, your natural color (including white hairs) will start to appear.

So to keep blonde hair looking nice, dark roots do need to be touched up every few weeks.

Luckily, this isn't too difficult a procedure.

Lifting Dark Roots Without Bleach - The Good News

We've got good news for you!

As long as your hair is level 6 (dark blonde or medium blonde) and above, you can do it without bleach using Ugly Duckling's high lift colors.

Lifting Dark Roots Without Bleach - What You Need to Do

But it doesn't mean that you can't be a lazy colorist.

You will need to choose the correct product and get your technique right if you are serious about producing a flawless result.

You can't just dump it all over and expect the whole thing to work. 

You will need to first target the dark area and lift that. 

Then after you will need to extend to the lengths in order to obtain a consistent, equal blonde result.

You will also need to work at blending the whole hair into once consistent color

It's a good idea, for example,  to use purple shampoo or mask afterward to do some extra toning.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below.

First, Choose Your High Lift Ugly Duckling Color.

Second, Choose Your Developer & Apply to the Regrowth Area Only.

  • If your roots is as dark as in the picture above (level 5-6) you will need 30 Vol Developer to get the required lift.
  • The mix ratios for high lift colors is 1 part color to 2 parts developer.
  • Apply the mix first on the dark regrowth part only.
  • You can apply foils on this area just as you would for bleach - it keeps the heat in and allows the hair to process faster & higher.
  • We did that in the picture you see right at the top of the page.
  • Wait 20 - 30 minutes or until the hair has lifted all the way up to the lengths.

Mix Your High Lift Color with 30 Vol Developer, 1:2 Ratio. 30 minutes development time.

Apply to Root Area First to Lift It.

Apply To Root Area - 100.11

Third, Make a Fresh Mix (20 Vol Developer Only) & Extend to the Lengths for the last 5-10 minutes.

  • Make a fresh mix when there is about 10-15 minutes of development time left.
  • 20 Vol will be enough for this mix if your ends are pretty light.
  • Process and rinse.

Fourth, Massage in Purple Shampoo and/or Purple Mask 

  • Generally speaking, even after following the steps above you may find that there is some residual unevenness when you rinse.
  • This is where Brilliant Blonde Purple Shampoo and Mask comes in.
  • It's got intense purple pigments which can take out any remaining yellow & get your hair to a pristine while blonde - all over.

Final Result Below Shows:

  • Double Application of an Ugly Duckling High Lift Color
  • 10 minutes massage with Brilliant Blonde Purple Shampoo
  • No Bleach!

Final Result

The Final result. Consistent Deep Ash Blonde Result.

Color Tutorial by Elona Taki.

WATCH THE VIDEO!

In the video tutorial , Elona lifts dark roots and then tones the ends without using bleach.

ELONA TAKI

What is the best high lift blonde color for me?

Best Overall High Lift Blonde Color

High Lift Blonde 100.

This High Lift will give a 5-6 level lift and is a great all-purpose hair blonding ingredient for customers with medium blonde hair looking to avoid bleach.

The result will be a very nice natural light blonde color.

Use with 20 or 30 Vol developer depending on the lift required.

The mix is 1+2 and the development time can be up to 40 minutes.

Watch the root carefully as it lifts and be sure to rinse once you have reached the desired level.

Do not over-process, especially if you are going to tone it again afterwards.

Press on the image of the shade chart to learn more about this color.

High Lift 100

Best High Lift Color for Dark Roots

High Lift Ash Blonde 100.10

If your client has dark roots that need lifting, then you can use this high lift color.

This color has ash built in to stop the hair going too warm or brassy as you lift.

Nevertheless, once lifted, you will need to tone the root area once again and then extend to the lengths.

Use with 20 or 30 Vol developer depending on the lift required.

The mix is 1+2 and the development time can be up to 40 minutes.

Watch the root carefully as it lifts and be sure to rinse once you have reached the desired level.

Press on the image to learn more.

High Lift 100.10

Best Lifter & Toner Combined - for Medium Blonde Hair

High Lift Deep Ash Blonde 100.11

This high lift product has a double ash reflect. It is particularly suitable for one-step lifting and toning as in the video above.

Use this product if your client has a base of level 7 and you want to fix the base and retone the rest.

Use with 20 or 30 Vol developer depending on the lift required.

The mix is 1+2 and the development time can be up to 40 minutes.

Watch the root carefully as it lifts and be sure to rinse once you have reached the desired level.

Press on the image to learn more.

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How often should the roots be dyed?

It depends on how fussy you are. Generally speaking, when dark roots are an inch or more they start to get unsightly.

If you don't have too much white hair, you can wait another couple of weeks.

But if you have white hair, you will want to lift the roots and also cover the white hair fairly soon.

So, count on a once a month touch up as an average.

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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