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Before after rooty cool blonde

This rooty blonde is perfect for that client who wants to transition out of her buttery, summer blonde and into something that pairs well with cooler temps and cozy sweaters. Jennifer LaVinge posted this before/after on her Instagram and was so generous to share her color formulas, cutting how-to, and styling steps so that you can recreate this in your own Sola studio.

Client Consultation Notes

Age: 30

Hair Length: Short

Hair Texture: Thin/Fine

“Ashley was a first-time client when I created this look on her. She came into my studio knowing exactly what she wanted to—a cooler, brighter blonde. It was a great consultation that allowed me to get her to this blonde tone because Ashley came to the appointment with photos to help me understand her vision. We both agreed that she would look best going this route!”

Products Used:

  • Goldwell Oxycur Platin Lightening Powder Dust-Free
  • Goldwell Topchic Developer Lotion
  • Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 6 Effects Serum

Redken Shades EQ Color Gloss

  • Olaplex #1
  • Olaplex #2
  • UNITE BLONDA™ Shampoo
  • UNITE 7SECONDS™ Conditioner
  • UNITE 7SECONDS™ Leave-In Conditioner
  • UNITE BEACH Day™ Spra
  •  Moroccanoil Treatment
  •  Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine

Tools Used

  • Moroccanoil Round Brush
  • Sam Villa Classic Blow Dryer
  • ghd Styler Flat Iron

The Color

 “Ashley’s natural level is 5 and her ends were highlighted to a level 7 with some gold, orange tones. After assessing the color and condition of her hair, I decided to do a full head of babylights and then balayage her ends as well.

Formula 1 (New Growth): Goldwell Oxycur Platin Lightening Powder Dust-Free + 40-vol + ¼ oz. Olaplex #1

Formula 2 (Ends): Goldwell Oxycur Platin Lightening Powder Dust-Free + 30-vol + ¼ oz. Olaplex #1

Formula 3 (Balayage Tips): Goldwell Oxycur Platin Lightening Powder Dust-Free + 30-vol + ¼ oz. Olaplex

Toner Gloss: Redken Shades EQ 1 oz. 8GN + 1 oz. 9P + 1 oz. 8V + 1 oz. 9V


Step 1: After applying Formula 1, perform a full head of babylights with Formula 2.

Step 2: Balayage the tips with Formula 3.

Step 3: Process for 40 minutes, no heat.

Step 4: Rinse and shampoo hair, towel dry.

Step 5: Apply toner for 3 minutes.

NOTE: “I was very cautious with Ashley’s toner and watched it the whole time because her hair was quite porous,” explained Jennifer.

Step 6: Rinse out toner and then apply Olaplex #2.

Step 7: Rinse and then condition entire head with UNITE 7SECONDS™ Conditioner.

The Cut

“Ashley’s cut was in pretty good shape and she didn’t want much done so I just trimmed her ends and created some long layers that followed the shape of her head,” added Jennifer.

The Style

Step 1: Apply Moroccanoil Treatment, Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 6 Effects Serum, and UNITE 7SECONDS™ Leave-In Conditioner to wet hair.

Step 2:  Next, layer on UNITE BEACH Day™ Spray and then blow dry using round brush.

Step 3: Flat iron if desired. Lightly spritz Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine for additional shine and hold.

Final Price: $200

About Jennifer LaVigne:

Jennifer has been in the beauty industry for eight years now and has been in the Sola community for almost three. Her studio, Jennifer LaVigne Hair Studio, is located in our Ann Arbor location and she is a Balayage Specialist & Balayage Educator. You’ll be seeing more of Jennifer’s cut, color, and styling how-tos here on the Sola blog. She is a stylist who has been on our radar for quite a while now and we are excited to share more of her work, her story, and tips in the near future.

Follow Jennifer on Instagram: @jenniferlavignehair

Follow Sola on Instagram: @solasalonstudios


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