The Intense Blue-Black Powder Plex 11 Level Lightner has been pre-bonded and formulated with intense toner in order to achieve maximum lift as it helps to maintain hair integrity and works to counteract yellow/orange/copper undertones.
The bonded Intense Blue-Black formula creates ultimate lift and toning power, helping eliminate yellow or orange reflects during processing. It also helps prevent banding, hard processing and greenish undertones. Exceptional results are achieved, even starting at low volumes.
The Power Platinum 9 bonder and bleach lightening powder is powered by chromaprism technology. To use, pre-treat the hair with Spray Treat, add Dream Oil to the mixture of 20 volume or higher and finish with Color Fuel for optimum results.
● Dust-free bleaching powder
● Up to 9 levels of lift
● Fast-acting high lift with low ammonia
● Anti-yellow effect
● Protects bonds for increased strength
Light Scale Charcoal Bleach lifts up to 10 levels to create a perfect blonde while leaving hair healthy and hydrated. The charcoal not only gives the bleaching paste its characteristic black color, it also neutralizes unwanted yellow/orange undertones while purifying the hair.
Charcoal Sugar Complex, a dual-action complex of sugars and charcoal, works on the surface, in the cuticle, protecting and hydrating the hair throughout the lightening process. The combination of the Charcoal Sugar Complex and the blend of natural oils makes the formula gentler, leaving hair visibly healthier.
Essential balayage tools from Matrix include:
Lightener: Light Master Pre-Bonded (ratio can be adjusted for thicker consistency)
Toner: SoColor Sync Pre-Bonded (Acidic shades)
Care: Unbreak My Blonde Haircare
Tools: Balayage brush (Matrix Brush #2) and a Matrix Balayage Paddle
Blacklight Dust-Free Balayage Clay Lightener from OligoPro lifts up to 6 levels and is recommended for balayage, hair painting and ombre techniques. Its special formula enfolds the hair strands into a hard shell, maintaining a perfect balance of moisture and optimal texture to create accurate and precise free hand blondes without bleeding or transfer. No foil required.
New Shades EQ Bonder Inside Ash Gold Shades create cool, creamy tones for a smoky beige result without the guesswork or damage. This new family is available in 3 levels 07AG Smokey Beige, 09AG Glossy Greige, and 010AG Misty Beige. The formula comprises two reflects: Ash to tone down brass and specially calibrated for each level, and Gold to add a more natural result and enhance shine. The formula base is grounded with a Brown to Tan Background to add balance for the most natural-looking blondes.
The Gel Conditioner with Peony is a lightweight, moisturizing pH-balanced gel conditioner that provides an immediate and 24-hour soothing sensation directly on the scalp while hair becomes soft and shiny. Formulated with Peony Extract, which soothes and calms a sensitive and irritated scalp; Betaine and Glycerin which hydrate the scalp, and detangling agents which condition and soften the scalp and hair. The conditioner is vegan, and biodegradable, as well as paraben- and silicone-free.
Astera Fresh Soothing Freshness Concentrate is a bi-phase, cooling, pre-shampoo concentrate featuring Asteraceae Extract plus mint and eucalyptus essential oils to instantly soothe and calm irritated and itchy scalps while helping to reduce inflammation. This premium glass bottle delivers precise dosage for application, and features an exclusive targeted scalp massager tip to help increase microcirculation. This concentrate is free of SLS, SLES, silicones and parabens.
New in February 2022, the Reflective Shine Hairspray provides mirror-like shine and lightweight hold to add instant glamour to any style. Cold-pressed Brazilian Tacuma Butter locks in hydration while blocking humidity, keeping hair soft and sleek, plus Date Fruit Extract smooths hair while adding texture and volume. This formula is gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan.
TRUSS International Brand Ambassador and Blonding Specialist Chrissy Danielle (@hairbychrissydanielle) achieved this show-stopping, blending blonde.
After the lightening service and prior to toning, she washes with the TRUSS no metal equalizer shampoo, massaged thoroughly in and let it sit for about 2 minutes before rinsing. This cleanses the canvas ensuring the brightest blonde results with no extra build up on the hair. For at-home maintenance, vegan detox shampoo will help to prevent future buildup of metals on the hair which is especially important for clients who have well water.
The not-yet-launched Blond Studio 9 Bonder Inside is a brand-new oil-enriched lightening system that lifts up to 9 levels with the bonder inside. It comes in powder texture, is best for dark bases and the proven bond protection and oil-enriched lightening system improves hair feel. Available at SalonCentric in May 2022.
The beautiful technique of hair painting or “balayage” is a way to put your personal stamp on every service. Because the end-result is defined by your technique, it can range from high-contrast to soft and sun-kissed, warm or cool, depending on your client.
We’ve covered balayage and the different methods of application for many years. Who can forget the Air Touch Technique, which uses air, instead of backcombing, to separate sections and layers to be lightened? Or what about the Wet Balayage Technique, which some colorists consider an especially gentle method of application because the water acts as a buffer. We also have teasylights, foilyage and even balayage with rollers (in place of foils, to be more eco-friendly) and the list goes on. When it comes to hair color application artistry and the beauty of balayage, the possibilities are endless.
But every artist needs good tools. For a balayage that is scroll-stopping, colorists need lighteners that lift with predictable results and styling tools that make every service a crowning achievement.
The products in this roundup range from new launches to industry standards. You can click right through to learn more about them or to add them to your tool kit of balayage must-haves.
Here’s to your next perfectly blended balayage!
Jack Winn Pro Brilliant Paint Lightening Powder is a revolutionary balayage lightener that utilizes groundbreaking silica technology instead of clay. Paint lifts hair evenly and effectively - and goes on easily to create natural sun-kissed looks. No mess, no transfer, just the consistency you crave.
Made in Italy with level 4, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, Paint is designed for open-air balayage applications and lightens up to 5 levels. It is safe on and off the scalp.
Specially formulated with clean formulas, organic botanicals, and innovative bio-plastic packaging, the company’s new Clean Beauty Stylers include the Heat Styling Spray shown here. Featuring flax seed packed with omega fatty acids and antioxidant-rich ferulic acid to strengthen and protect, the line’s three products soften hair while adding light hold along with a boost of volume and shine, as well as a subtle apple scent with notes of lavender, lemon, and honey. The stylers are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
The new stabilizing “clip-comb” styling tool will help you maximize your efficiency behind the chair. Designed for professional stylists by professional stylists, ColorBow provides greater control, speed, efficiency and accuracy for balayage, ombre, teasy lights, folilayage and more, with fewer moves in less time.
Each package contains two Rat Tail Clip Combs.
The beautiful “after” by @hairbychrissydanielle: “Achieving the perfect lift is KEY! If you want bright, cool blonde results, you have to lift to the palest yellow or you won’t be able to tone out the warmth.”
—Chrissy Danielle for TRUSS Professional