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The Perfect Honey Blonde Formula, According to 3 Top LA Colorists

Honey blonde is definitely a vibe. If your colorist gets the formula right, you will be rocking on of the most popular hues this season. We’ve polled three of the best colorists in Los Angeles and asked them how they would execute a honey blonde. 901 Co-Founder Nikki Lee, and Redken Ambassadors Cassondra Kaeding and Matt Rez give us the lowdown on this formula.

Nikki Lee’s Take: Honey Blonde Emma Roberts

Nikki Lee gave her superstar client Emma Roberts a honey blonde upgrade recently. “Emma is proving that not everything is going to be icy this winter,” Nikki begins. “Instead, we’re keeping things warm. Keeping it in this honey tone gives us a more natural and classic vibe for this holiday season,” she concludes. Her process and formulas are below:

Formula 1: (decolorizing) Color Intensity Eraser with 10 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 2: (Highlights) Blonde Life Powder Lightener with 20 Volume LumiShine Developer working up to 30 Volume

Formula 3: (In between foils) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 9NV + 8N with 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 4: (Root Tap) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 6N + 8N + 7V with 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 5: (All over toner) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 10SB + 9V + Clear with 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Cassondra Kaeding’s Honey Blonde Formula

Cassondra Kaeding is a Redken ambassador with a long list of celebrity clients. She’s behind Dove Cameron’s epic blonde hair and Natalie Portman’s dashing warm blondes. Her secret to nailing the perfect honey blonde is below:

Redken shades 3/4 9G plus 1/4 8WG plus 1/8 9AA

Matt Rez’s Honey Blonde Formula

Matt Rez is another colorist in Los Angeles who’s client list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood. Clients like Halston Sage and Chiara Ferragni have gotten the blonde treatment from him. His formula for honey blonde is detailed below:

Redken shades EQ; two parts 8GG and one part 9G with a splash of 8C to gloss over a highlight that was lifted no lighter than a level 8

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