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It’s tough to get that perfect shade of blonde that not too warm or too cool, too light or too dark, too bright or too dishwater. This is that shade: light but not white, cool but not ashy. It’s lovely ivory hue invites comparisons to eggshells and duchess satin. Get the formula and tips on application in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Application: For maximum control, pale blonde shades are best achieved in two stages. First, lift hair to an even level 10, then tone. Mix your lightener with a low volume developer, 10 or twenty to achieve the brightest level with the least amount of damage. This will take a bit longer, but it’s worth it. It will also leave softer, less vibrant, yellow tones in the hair that are easier to correct. Tone for 5-15 minutes, saturating through the mid-lengths first, then pulling color into roots and ends where hair is more porous.

Formulas: (on natural level 6)

1: Goldwell Oxycur Platin with 20 Volume Developer

2: Goldwell Colorance Express Toning 1 part 9 Champagne + 1 part 10 Creme

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA 

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