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How to lighten dark hair without bleach

BY SALLY MADISON
NATIONAL COLOR TRAINER

When You Don't Want to Use Bleach

  • For dark hair which needs to be lifted by more than 3 levels, bleach is of course best.
  • It's essentially the stylist's friend.
  • But what happens if you have a client who is totally opposed to using hair bleach?
  • In that case there is a workaround using Ugly Duckling products. We will explain in this blog.

First Do Your Hair Analysis

  • The hair should ideally be virgin hair.
  • If it has a lot of color build-up from previous hair colorations, it's not going to work.
  • Be realistic with your client. What you are going to give her is highlights which will help brighten the overall look of the hair.
  • You won't be able to achieve a level 10 platinum blonde. For that you would need bleach

Choose Your High Lift Color

Apply on sections of the hair

  • Apply on broad sections of the hair, saturating very well.
  • If you want the lightness to shine through, you will need to put in a lot of highlights.
  • Foil works well because it keeps in the heat thus allowing the hair to develop and lift more and faster.
  • Rinse when done.

Watch the Video Tutorial Now

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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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