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How to lift Dark Roots to Blonde


Are you looking to lift up your dark roots?

All the way to a beautiful level 10 blonde? 

Then read on...


You will Need to Use Bleach First

If you have dark roots, and blonde lengths, you will need to get real.

You can't just apply a toner to dark roots and expect to get it up to the level of your lengths.

It won't lift and it won't work.

You will always get a difference between the roots and the lengths - unless you use bleach.

But the good news is that if you use a quality bleach, you will be able to lift those dark roots, easily and all the way to level 10.

Which Bleach Should I Use?

We would recommend you use Brilliant Blondexx. It contains Bond Protect, so it's very gentle.

At the same time, it has excellent lift. Which is what you need with very dark roots when you are looking to go blonde.

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach

Brilliant Blondexx with Bond Protect produces a smooth, white, creamy mix

Which Developer Strength?

Brilliant Blondexx only requires 20 Vol or 30 Vol developer - never anything stronger.

Today, as the roots are so dark, we will use 30 Vol in order to go fast.

How should I mix it?

Make your mix 1 part bleach to 2 parts developer.

Mix well until you get a nice, smooth mix.

You will find that Brilliant Blondexx produces a very creamy, oily mix which is fairly comfortable when applied on the scalp.

How should I apply it?

Take your brush and apply on the root area, taking care not to apply on the white lengths.

If you do get any overlapping, it could lead to breakage, so take care when you are doing this.

If you do overlap, just wipe back during processing with a wet cloth and you will be OK.

How to apply your bleach

How to apply Brilliant Blondexx on your roots

Processing on the Hair

Saturate the hair with your mix so that it can lift fast

When Should I rinse?

You need to keep the bleach on until it reaches a very very pale yellow.

Make sure you take the roots all the way to level 10.

If you have any doubts as to what level 10 is, take a look at our model in the picture below.

Hair lifted to Level 10

Hair perfectly bleached with no visible line of demarcation

How should I tone it?

For toning today, we are using 10V, one of Ugly Duckling's toners.

It has a combination of purple and silver pigments to make level 10 hair totally white.

You can see the blue and purple pigments at work in the picture below:

Toner on the hair

Other Ugly Duckling toners that also work well are Blondify liquid toners.

These are ammonia free and only take 10 minutes to apply.

Blondify 010V

Blondify Natural Violet Blonde 010V

Blondify Natural Ash Blonde

Blondify Natural Ash Blonde 010A

How should I maintain my bleached and toned white blonde hair?

We do recommend the use of Brilliant Blondexx Hair treatment products.

It can be used both immediately after hair bleaching and blonding, as well as for regular hair maintenance.

This range has Bond Protect to help to strengthen hair after bleaching and blonding.

It will also help prevent hair breakage.

It is sulfate free. So no unnecessary build-ups or chemicals.

And it is acid based product (low pH). Meaning it will help close the hair cuticles and return them to their natural position.

Brilliant Blondexx

Brilliant Blondexx treatment products contain Bond Protect to strengthen blonde and bleached hair

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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