The next time you are at the hair salon, whether it is mine or wherever you are from, you need to Know the term Break the base
This is a term that us hair professionals use when it comes to softening or smudging your root area to one level lighter when we do highlights. Your root area will not look extra dark and contrast drastically with your lighter highlights. It is a beautiful look if done correctly. If your hairstylist does not know this term then I would probably not entrust them with doing advanced coloring techniques.
Breaking the base does not always have to be done, but if you are showing roots in a few weeks or are particularly dark OR wanting highlights that are more than 3 levels lighter than your natural hair I would highly advises extending your highlight application and Break the base. It not only softens the root growth but it looks beautifully soft instead of harsh against all skin types.
*** Warning***. Some hairdressers that are not well versed in this technique can use a base breaker that makes the root unusually warm. Make surer you are going to a color specialist or professional that understands this so that you do not get unwanted warmth at your roots!
Next time you are at the salon- go ahead- shock your hairstylist and Know the term Break the base !
Xoxo – Your Online and in salon stylist Jules