brassy to bronde

Bronde—another new trend us hairdressers are mastering for our clients.

Everyone is wanting to be brighter and ashier and that can be challenging—especially for a recent client of mine, Kimmy, who has dark, ethnic hair. I used a two-step process to lived-in bronde that is time consuming, but the outcome is to die for!

So, where to begin?

I wanted to add a base color, lifting her natural base color three levels. Then, I went in with what seemed like a million babylights.

Before beginning a highlighting technique, I added a base color first so that her hair would automatically appear lighter leading to a much softer, natural look when finished.

I would rather have a level six in-between level eight to nine highlights, rather than a natural level three, which would have left too much contrast and not enough of the natural look my client wanted.

Now for the step-by-step process on achieving this beautiful, lived-in Bronde!

lived-in bronde
  • Step one: Apply Paul Mitchell the color 30grams 7NA to 10grams 5NA 30 vol. (I live for this formula on my dark-haired gals- gives the perfect honey tone!) Allow to process for the full 35 minutes.
  • Step two: Rinse, shampoo, and condition the ends
  • Step three: Use a babylight technique for the most natural result using Paul Mitchell’s synchro lift 20 & 30 volume with Olaplex.
  • Step four: Rinse, post-color shampoo and tone by using two different formulas. New growth to mid shaft formula: Paul Mitchell’s The Demi 8PA, End formula: 9PA 9N