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Toning Naturally Auburn Hair + Money Piece

Fitting hair extensions on natural redheads can be quite tricky. Often naturally red hair doesn't quite have the same level of vibrancy that auburn hair extensions have, and therefore in order to match the colour, it can be useful to use a red toner on auburn hair to give a little more depth to the colour.

For our client who was looking to prepare her hair in terms of colour ahead of a hair extension appointment, she also wanted to add some dimension around the face, and therefore we also worked in a little money piece for some added lightness.

Step 1: To begin, we started with the money piece by sectioning a diagonal piece around each side of the face.

Step 2: For the formula, we are using 40g Loreal MultiTechniques 20 volume developer, 30g of powder and Olaplex.

Step 3: Starting at the hairline and using foil, slice out your first layer and apply your formula and fold your foil.

Step 4: Then work your way up the section, angled towards the face, using the babylights technique.

Step 5: After 5 foils, begin using the tipping method, by gathering up all of the hair that has not been put into foils, backcombing, and applying bleach with foil to the mid-lengths and ends.

Step 6: Continue working your way up the section, using the babylights method and tipping out after 5 foils.

Step 7: As you reach the top of the head, switch to a broken slice for some added depth.

Step 8: Once you have completed the first side, switch over to the opposite side and repeat the process.

Step 9: Whilst the bleach is lifting, we can move on to toning the rest of the hair. We will be using RedKen Shades EQ toners in colours. For the roots we will be using shades 6AA, 7C and 9AA, for the mids and ends we will be using 8WG, 8C and 9AA, for the shadow roots we will be using 4WG and 6WG and finally we will be using 9NB and 9G on the face frame.

Step 10: Starting with the roots, apply the toner throughout the roots using a tint brush to ensure full saturation. Work your way around the hairline first, before sectioning the hair into a hot cross bun section, continue down the centre parting, and then work through the back of the hair slice by slice.

Step 11: Once the toner is fully applied, use a brush to pull the toner into the midlengths.

Step 12: You can now move over to the basin to apply your midlengths and ends toner using an application bottle and a brush to fully saturate the hair.

Step 13: Once the toner has developed you can rinse the hair.

Step 14: Check how your foils have developed and if they are ready, remove.

Step 15: Rinse off the bleach.

Step 16: Apply your shadow roots formula around the lightened pieces and use a hair brush to pull the toner through to the lengths. Rinse after 2 minutes.

Step 17: Apply your toner formula to the face frame and brush through with a hairbrush.

Step 18: Once developed, full rinse the hair clean of all toners.

You are now ready to style!