Microlights: The Express Blonding Service You Need to Know Aboutfeaturing Kadus Professional
Looking for a service for your clients with major regrowth AND a desire for a summer makeover? Kadus Global Director Caroline Kim has a solution for you: microlights.
What are microlights? This new color technique combines base color and very fine highlights (think even finer than a babylight) in an express service on damp hair. Caroline uses microlights along the hairline and across the part line to create a natural, sun-kissed blonde and a soft grow-out.
“Microlights are perfect for clients who are maybe just returning to the salon after the shutdowns,” says Caroline. “This technique transitions them to a brighter blonde without them having to spend 8 hours in the salon.”
Ready to wow your clients with a new look that’s also an express service? Here’s Caroline’s formula and breakdown.
Microlights Color Formula + Steps
Formula A (base): Kadus Professional Permanent Hair Color 8PA + 30-volume developer (1:1)
Formula B (microlights): Kadus Professional Light Plex Step #1 Bond Lightening Powder + 30-volume developer (1:2)
Formula C (toner): Kadus Professional Demi-Permanent Hair Color 9AV + 6-volume developer (1:2)
1. Apply Formula A and process for 15 minutes using heat.
2. Shampoo with Kadus Professional Color Vibrancy Shampoo and towel dry.
3. Apply Formula B on DAMP hair.
4. Rinse and use Kadus Professional Light Plex Step #2 Bond Completion In-Salon Treatment for 5 minutes. Lightly shampoo with Kadus Professional Visible Repair Shampoo.
5. Apply Formula C and process for 6 minutes, then rinse.
Microlights Sectioning Technique
Section 1/2-inch around the hairline, and then into two triangle sections on either side of your client’s part, back to the occipital.
Caroline’s Pro Tips for Microlights
- When microlighting on damp hair, level up the developer. For example: if you normally highlight with 20-volume developer, up the strength to 30-volume.
- Before you start, ask your client if they like to pull their hair back. If they do, make sure to add some microlights along the bottom hairline.
- Caroline likes to use MBS Color Pop-Up Foil when she microlights because it stays put - which is crucial for getting close to the scalp.
- Keep in mind: the more coarse and dense your client’s hair is, the more microlights you should create across the top.
- As you work your way to the top, your sections should get smaller and smaller.
- You can continue to use the microlights technique each time your client returns to your chair, adding a few more microlights each visit, which will ultimately create a brighter and brighter blonde.
When to Use the Microlights Technique
This technique isn’t for every client, but if you’re experiencing any of these challenges, it could be a perfect solution!
If your client has an extra amount of regrowth (AKA more than the 1/2-inch recommended for their regular touch-ups).
If they have super resistant gray hair, and if you’ve found that highlighting first and adding the base color after doesn’t give you enough coverage.
If you have a hard time getting the highlights close to the scalp.
If your client is normally a single-process color and they want to try something different but you’re short on time.
How to Price Microlights
To price this express blonding service, Caroline recommends starting with your partial highlight price then adding 60% of your single process/base touchup price.
Watch Caroline’s Full Process!