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Hello all,
Looking for some advice on colour formula for this client. Base / root normally done with Matrix socolor 7n and 7ma mixed 50/50 with 20 vol and air touch highlights done every 3rd or 4th visit. Looking to get base a bit lighter as its getting more grey, especially in the front. I'd say base is around a 5 but must be 50% white in the front, lessening as you move down the head. Hoping to get it to around a 7 or better still 8, but with cool tone as the client doesn't like warmth. I'm not tied to to any product line and regulary use Wella. Pic attached to show roots.
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I'd highlight and lowlight it instead. A base 8 will make her roots look dark. And it'll be very difficult to keep that cool.
 

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Thanks Ron. I had previously did her roots with Illumina 6/16 & 7/81 & 7 equal parts and the colour was ok. I was unable to do her hair for a while and the salon she went to didn't use Wella so used Matrix. I was thinking of the same formula, but swapping out the 6/16 for 8/69. I do periodically lowlight if it's getting too blonde, but the client prefers a balayage look, hence why I don't do high and lows every time
 
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Thanks Ron. I had previously did her roots with Illumina 6/16 & 7/81 & 7 equal parts and the colour was ok. I was unable to do her hair for a while and the salon she went to didn't use Wella so used Matrix. I was thinking of the same formula, but swapping out the 6/16 for 8/69. I do periodically lowlight if it's getting too blonde, but the client prefers a balayage look, hence why I don't do high and lows every time
8/69 will only counteract yellow tones. Lifting from her base 5 you will expose red and copper tones. 8/1 might be a better choice. Or add 8/1 to your suggested formula
 

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8/69 will only counteract yellow tones. Lifting from her base 5 you will expose red and copper tones. 8/1 might be a better choice. Or add 8/1 to your suggested formula
I was thinking the blue in the 7/81 would help counteract the orange. Is the 1 tone green?
 

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It would as it is, but then because your diluting it by adding an 8 The dye load becomes weaker/less.
And don't forget natural underlying pigment is much stronger and more stubborn than pigment from a tube.
 

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It would as it is, but then because your diluting it by adding an 8 The dye load becomes weaker/less.
And don't forget natural underlying pigment is much stronger and more stubborn than pigment from a tube.
Ok, so do you think I should leave the natural shade out and just mix 7/81 and 8/1? I was using a bit of natural shade due to the high white percentage in the front?
 

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Ok, so do you think I should leave the natural shade out and just mix 7/81 and 8/1? I was using a bit of natural shade due to the high white percentage in the front?
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re formulate for the whiter areas. White hair needs to be coloured differently to a level 5 hair that is being lifted to an 8
 

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Cool, makes sense. Thank you, you're da man on Wella 👍🏾
 

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Sorry, another question. Is there any benefit to using KP or Illumina for this?
 

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Sorry, another question. Is there any benefit to using KP or Illumina for this?
I would say koleston is definitely more solid. Gives a more pigmented coverage. Illumina is softer, and more blended.
 

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I would say koleston is definitely more solid. Gives a more pigmented coverage. Illumina is softer, and more blended.
But illumina has a violet undertone. Whereas koleston has a brunette undertone.
 

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