“New year, new me” seems to be the motto heard round the world once the ball drops in Times Square. While I definitely made some resolutions, I wasn’t looking for a whole “new me” in 2018. I was looking for new hair. Blonder, shorter…something to give my look and self esteem a fresh start! Redken + expert colorist Spencer Henry helped me to refresh + renew my hair for the new year, and now I’m letting you guys in on exactly how we did it! Keep scrolling to read tips for going blonde…plus exactly what to tell your stylist to achieve my color!
If you’re just starting out the process of getting highlights, or you’re curious about my “hair color journey”, click HERE to see how I went from au naturale to beachy blonde. With a lot of bad bleach jobs and streaky hair strands in between.
EXPERT REDKEN COLORIST : SPENCER HENRY
Before I get into fancy hair colorist lingo, let me offer a piece of advice. Find a stylist you actually like and could be friends with…they’ll always be straight forward about what looks good [ and what doesn’t ], plus it makes sitting in that chair for hours way more enjoyable. Spencer is basically the male version of me. Adorable and hilarious, obviously, but also into creepy movies + cult documentaries like I am 🙂 Spencer and the whole Redken team have been so nice to me since I started blogging. They’re a group of really good humans, and I love them. Okay, back to business!
First things first, be sure to find a salon that uses Redken coloring products. The instructions below are done using Rekden! You can call ahead beforehand to see which salons use Redken products, just to be safe 🙂
Once you’re all set with a salon, have your stylist look over the below. You’ll be blonder + happier with your hair in no time!
IN SPENCER’S OWN WORDS…
Molly’s blonde is a mix of a few different techniques. To start I go through with Redken’s Flashlift lightener with 20 vol. developer and do a fine weave of babylights (micro-stitched highlights) throughout her entire head to break up her natural root as well as create soft dimension.
Next I go in with Redken’s Freehand Lightener with 30 vol. developer and balayage the remaining hair to give the ends an extra boost. After rinsing with Redken’s Extreme shampoo and conditioner, I towel dry the hair and then it’s time to create our own faux root.
I like to keep it deep enough to create a contrast but still lighter than her natural. I apply Redken Shades EQ 08N Mirage and 08Gi St. Barths on her base area to soften the fresh highlights, and then apply Shades EQ 09P Opal Glow + Shades EQ Crystal Clear to keep her ends bright and remove residual warmth.
I utilize Redken’s PH Bonder in our lightener formulas so my last step is to do a conditioning treatment with our PH Bonder #2 fiber restorative rinse to maintain the actual integrity of the hair, following again with the Extreme shampoo and conditioner.
MUST HAVE REDKEN PRODUCTS FOR BLONDES
- Color Extend Magnetics Bonder…this line of products are sulfate free [ sulfates are a gross chemical found in lots of hair + household cleaning products…they’ve been known to damage colored hair! ] and bond building. They’ll keep lightened blondes healthy and keep tones fresh in between highlights.
- One United Spray…I use this spray after highlighting to reduce dryness + help strengthening. It will also make your hair super soft and protects against heat from styling tools!
- Blonde Idol…this shampoo + conditioner combo is infused with kerabond, violet leaf extract and lactic acid. Basically, it keeps your hair shiny and clean without compromising, changing or washing out color.