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How To: Root Shadow

Root Shadow

Root Shadow


Root Shadow is a color technique that requires a darker tone applied directly to the root, and is defined by a dark root with lighter ends. Your client will see a soft contrast and a lived-in feel. A root shadow can be the refresh that dull and faded hair color is looking for.

Root Shadow is a low maintenance option for your client that will help to balance the tone of their hair as their natural color grows in.

Download the Root Shadow Formula and Technique Reference Card

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    FORMULA 1


    Apply 1-inch Formula 1 onto the new growth. Process for 35 minutes.

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    CREATE


    While processing, create 3 sections as shown.

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    FORMULA 2


    Start at the nape and create 3 triangle sections. Balayage each triangle section with Formula 2. PRO TIP: Saturate the hair and balayage it to the new growth area to get a soft result from new growth to ends.

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    FORMULA 2


    Take diagonal back sections at the top of the head and balayage with a 3 point application to create the shadow effect.

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    FORMULA 3


    Rinse. Gloss with Formula 3. Process up to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

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    SMARTBOND TREATMENT

    APPLICATION


    Smartbond

    On towel-dried hair, apply 4-8 pumps of L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond Step 2 Pre Shampoo from regrowth to ends. Process 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly from hair.

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    POWERMIX TREATMENT

    APPLICATION

    Treatment
    Powermix Treatments

    Recommended treatment: L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Powermix Color.

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Root Shadow
Inspiration Shades

  • .INOA 6.23 Dark blonde with an iridescent gold finish

  • .INOA 5.32 Light brown enhanced with intense gold & iridescent reflects

  • .INOA 9.31 Very light gold bonde combined with an ash reflect

  • .DIA Light 9.13 Very light beige blonde with a subtle golden reflect

  • .INOA Gold Naturals 8.3 Light blonde with fashion iridescent & golden reflects