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Celebrity Colorists Share Their Formulas for the Perfect Sunny Bronde

Spring is here, and we’re looking towards sunnier shades to start off the season.

Enter sunny bronde, the answer to your winter hair woes. It’s golden hour every hour with this naturally sunkissed shade. With expertly placed highlights, sunny bronde is gorgeous, glowy, and grow-out approved. Pretty much everything you need in a spring color trend.

So to get an inside look at this trendy tone, we asked our favorite colorists for their sunny bronde formula. Read on for tips and tricks from beauty’s best experts below!

1. Lorri Goddard

The Formula

How did Lorri Goddard get Chloe Grace Moretz’s gorgeous bronde shade? “Solaris 40 volume, power tools TCA, and a splash of sunflower oil to keep the texture right for painting.T hen followed with Schwartzkopf  No More Yellow Shampoo, and some POST conditioner by Moroccan Oil.” Lorri says.

“Chloe was doing a project late 2020. She wanted to go a brunette that would intentionally fade up a bit over time.” she continues. “After 2 months of fade-age, the brunette shade we had given her was established as an all over canvas perfect for creating her bespoke bronde vibe. Gregory Russell had already given her a stellar refined dusting and I added some gossamer threaded lights for her Shape magazine Cover shoot. I always love a super fresh cut before the balayage technique, so I can wisp the ends out with light like the sun.”

The Advice

“Start your super fine thread light about 2 inches from scalp and pull it through where necessary, I like it tighter on the scalp around the face and nape, I call it a pony light (imagine your hair in a pony tail on the beach and wherever the sun would naturally hit that is where the light goes)” Lorri recommends.

 

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2. Chris Greene

The Formula

“To achieve this shade of bronde I first went in and foiled my clients hair with Wella Blondor + 20 vol. I focused my foil placement more around her face and the top of her head with a few foils through the back and around the nape of her neck. That way it was lighter around her face and we maintained dimension throughout the interior. Then I mixed Wella Blondor + 30 vol and did a tip out – teasing and foiling some of the tips of her hair that were between the foils, to give it a sun kissed look. I let all that all process at the same time, keeping a close eye on it. I only let the hair lighten to a warm level 9. I rinsed it all and then applied a 1 inch root to her damp hair with Wella Color Touch 6/0 with 6 vol for 20 mins leaving out a thin hairline section. When there were 10 minutes left on the timer I combed down the root gloss about 1-2 inches more and also applied it to her hairline, just tapping it at her root around her face. I let it all process for the remaining 10 mins then shampooed and conditioned with the Virtue Recovery line. I didn’t gloss her hair all over because she lightened to such a soft, warm blondy bronde!”

The Advice

“My best advise to fellow colorists who are trying to nail that naturally sun kissed look would be keep lots of your clients natural hair in there and keep things warm. When your highlighting, keep lots of their natural hair between sections. And when processing, leave some of the gold in their hair. The sun would naturally lighten the clients hair to a warm sunny shade, not white or ashy. Keep it warm.”

3. Christin Brown

The Formula

“When I was thinking of taking my client to this sunny “bronde”, I knew that I needed to create a nice amount of dimension from the jump. I actually gave her a curly cut first, knowing that I wanted to create pops of color in different zones. Because her hair was so dark, I decided to use the Schwarzkopf BlondeMe Clay lightener with 20V and Olaplex No.1 as an additive for protective measures. I let her naturally process without heat. I then toned her with Schwarzkopf Vibrance 8-0 for controlled warmth.”

The Formula

“My advice for colorists that are aiming to have a home run when it comes to sunkissed hair is to have fun and remember that you’re an artist. I know that sounds simple enough but we all know that sometimes we can get in our own way when it comes to precision and technicality. Know what level you’d like to hit, go past it just a bit so you’re toning is easier and trust the process.”

4. Cherin Choi

The Formula

“I achieved this color using Redken Flashlifht 20 volume on the roots and 40 volume on the ends. I always use Olaplex and did a full highlight. We toned the root with a 4N/5G using Redken Shades EQ
and an all over gloss using 7gb/7nb and 8C.”

The Advice

“If you want it to really be sunkissed don’t forget to add some warmth for that natural sunkissed tone.”

 

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5. Sara Lim

The Formula

“Formula [is] all Redken Color. Highlight: Redken Flashlift 20 vol. Highlight tips: 30 volume and Olaplex No. 1. Root shadow shades eq 5N, 6WG and 7NB. All over gloss: 8WG 9AA clear.”

The Advice

“My biggest trick when highlighting a golden brunettes is to not highlight them like a blonde!
Brunettes feel light with minimal highlights while blondes can’t ever be blonde enough. You want to keep some depth (natural darker hair) on the ends of their hair so there is a shadow against your highlights.  Don’t over highlight or it will look solid. When the a brunette is over highlighted, the golden tones reads orange or “brassy” and we all know that’s a brunettes worst nightmare !!! Leave lots natural between highlights and this will keep your brunette highlights bright, golden and more natural looking. COLOR LIKE THE SUN DID IT!!!”

 

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6. Cassondra Kaeding

The Formula

“To achieve this color I created a pattern of baby soft face framing highlights. Then did an exterior tip balayage highlight.! I lifting the highlights to a soft medium golden. Then for the final touch I used Redken shades EQ 09G+08N+ 09NB + 1/4 09AA.”

The Advice

“It very important to not over highlight. We wanted a very soft bronde so you do not need to lift the highlights above a level 8 and a half. Less is more to achieve this look, and it’s always easier to go back and add a few highlights if needed.”

 

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