How To: Dimensional Bronde Lowlighting Technique
By: Kenra Professional
Blonding remains one of the most requested services in the salon, and it’s not going away anytime soon, but what happens when the hair is highlighted to the max, starts to lack dimension, or the client is ready add some depth back into their hair? Below, Lo Wheeler (IG: lo_wheelerdavis) shows us a quick and easy lowlighting technique she likes to do on overly blonde clients for a beautiful bronde result.
Step 1: Consult with the guest and consider the hair condition while making a choice on product and shade selection. Since the look only requires deposit, Kenra Color demi-permanent hair color is recommended. Note that if the hair lives at a level 9 or 10, a target level of 7 should be used so that having to fill the hair first isn’t required.
Step 2: Section the hair, taking a halo 1-2” away from the hairline and clip the crown up, dividing it vertically in two even sections. Clip away the remaining back section. Starting at the front hairline, take diagonal back sections for softness, utilizing a heavy weave pattern. Continue working around the entire hairline from the front to the sides and nape. In the video below, Lo uses Kenra Color Demi 7NA + 7N (equal parts) with 9 Volume Activator at a 1:2 ratio to give a bronde tonality that isn’t overly cool.
Step 3: Moving into the halo section, drop one of the top sections and work from behind, taking more horizontal subsections and continuing with the large weaving pattern. Work from the bottom moving upward to the apex. Continue the same technique on the opposite side.
Step 4: In the back section, work horizontally from the bottom to the top in 1-2” subsections. Apply lowlights in this section using a slice or heavy weave pattern. If slicing, ensure that there is a slight gap between foils to allow for dimension. In the last foil at the top of the back section, switch to a baby weave for a truly cohesive blend. Once complete, process for up to 25 minutes.
Step 5: Shampoo lowlights with Kenra Platinum Color Charge Shampoo, towel dry, and glaze the entire head at the shampoo bowl with a slightly lighter color than the lowlights to bring the overall brightness down while giving contrast and dimension to the look. In this tutorial, Lo uses demi-permanent 8B to make the look cohesive. Process up to 25 minutes with an optional shadow root if desired.