How-To: Sun-Kissed Babylights

How-To: Sun-Kissed Babylights

Come Spring and Summer, women are looking to add a little glow to their tresses. Whether it’s ultra-flattering babylights or face-framing golden blonde strokes, CHI Global Board Artist Anna Cantu is breaking down the technique to achieve a natural and perfectly sun-kissed look using the CHI BOND + Lightening System.



Get the Look:

Formula 1: CHI Shine Shades 6B + 20 Volume CHI Generator (Mixing Ratio 1:1)

Formula 2: CHI Bleach and Shine and 20 Volume CHI Generator (Mixing Ratio 1:1)

Formula 3: CHI Bleach and Shine with 30 Volume CHI Generator (Mixing Ratio 1:1.5)

Artist Tip: CHI Bond & Seal is great for all chemical services to strengthen the hair.

Step 1: Apply the CHI Bond & Seal starting at the hair line, mid-shaft, and through the ends. Bush through to the ends for even distribution.

Step 2: Examine the client’s hair and scalp.

Step 3: Apply Formula One from roots to mid-shaft.

Step 4: To create babylights, use Formula Two. Take diagonal sections around the natural fall of the front hair line using foils to secure the placement.

 Artist tip: Section hair from behind the ears on both sides of the head leaving the back for later. Use the comb to “blur” the base color down the mid- shaft for a softer look.

Step 5: Taking ½ inch subsections on a diagonal and using the CHI color board, apply generous amounts of Formula Three. Push the product into the mid-shaft for an even better saturation.

Artist Tip: Feather the mid-shaft area throughout the full application. Leave out desired section by placing cotton in between.      

 Step 6: Start in the nape area, take V-shaped sections using the same application as sides. Around the occipital bone, start taking horizontal sections moving up the head. Let it sit for around 25 minutes. Use your professional judgement.

Step 7: Shampoo and condition with your favorite CHI wet-line products and style as desired.

Products Used:

Melissa Gonzalez Recap: The Art and Science of Hair Color – Sombre

Melissa Gonzalez Recap: The Art and Science of Hair Color – Sombre

Elite Artist and Educator Melissa Gonzalez was able to create subtle brightness for her model by using the CHI Infra High Lift Colors. She shared some amazing tips on how to achieve the perfect Sombre color using a creative hand painting technique.

Color Formula: 1 oz. CHI Infra High Lift Cream Color in BB + ½ oz. 20 Volume CHI Color Generator + ½ oz. 30 Volume CHI Color Generator.

Step One: Section hair into 4 equal quadrants. Starting in the nape, take ½ inch diagonal subsections. Hand paint color in a “V” pattern taking color higher and lower to create dimension and movement. Continue until you reach the front fringe area.

Artist Tip: When applying the color you can brush up the section with your color brush in a “backcombing” motion to create more of an even blend in the final result.

Step Two:  Pick up front fringe area straight up at a 90 degree angle, over direct back and paint the color on in the “V” pattern getting closer to the roots to create brightness around the face.

Step Three: Process at room temperature for 20 minutes. Rinse the hair until water runs clear, shampoo with CHI Infra Shampoo and condition using the CHI Infra Color Lock Treatment for 5 minutes. Style as desired.

Products Used:

CHI Infra High Lift Cream Color - BB

CHI Color Generator 20 Volume 

CHI Color Generator 30 Volume

CHI Keratin Mist