The Essential Guide to Getting Rid of Brassy Blonde Hair at Home

You might be considering going all over platinum blonde.

Or maybe you’re already a blonde but the color just isn’t quite right. Or it was right at one point in time and somehow it’s changed.

What’s the missing crucial step to achieving and maintaining the blonde hair of your dreams?

Hair toner. More specifically, Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Topcoat Toner.



What Causes Brassy Blonde Hair?

Hair has a level scale between 1 and 10, 1 being darkest black and 10 being lightest blonde. Level 1 has an undertone of darkest red, and level 10 has an undertone of pale yellow.

The darker your hair, the more levels of brassy undertones there are that you need to break through with bleaching and lightening your hair.

For example, if your hair is a level 5 and you’re trying to get to a level 10+, you have to start by breaking through orange red undertones all the way up to pale yellow, depending on how light you want to go.

Also, if you have color treated dark hair, it’s even harder to break through each level of brassy undertones than it is with naturally dark hair.

Another factor is the water quality you have at home. If your water has high rust content, your hair is going to soak up that mineral over time and get brassy.



What Does Hair Toner Do?

Hair toner is the key if you’ve been wondering why you can’t get that perfect shade of blonde you’ve been seeing all over Pinterest.

Or if you asked your stylist for caramel balayage highlights and ended up with orange streaks.

Basically, toner is a semi permanent hair color that deposits and corrects whatever undertone bleaching leaves your hair with so that you can achieve the results you’re hoping for.

Because it is semi permanent, that means that it won’t last forever. Refreshes will be needed.

Think color wheel. What tone do you see in your hair now? Go to that color on the color wheel and then look at the color directly opposite on the color wheel. You want to use a toner with that color as the base to correct.



Is Toner Bad For Your Hair?

The easy answer is no, toner is not bad for your hair.

The complicated answer is, it depends on what type of developer you’re mixing it with.

If you are using toner that mixes with a 10 or less volume developer, it’s going to do little to no damage to your hair. That’s because the higher the volume of developer, the more damage.


Step by Step Guide to Toning Blonde Hair at Home

I’m going to be taking you from a massive root situation and brassy yellow ends to a full head of platinum blonde hair using Zotos Professional products with this tutorial.



If you are only reading this to learn about toning your already lightened hair, you can skip to step 4…



Supplies Needed…


Tools Needed…

  • Hair Color Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Applicator Brush
  • Hair Sectioning Clips
  • Gloves
  • Plastic Processing Cap


Step One: Section the Hair

In my beauty school days, we were taught to do 4 sections of hair when doing an “all over” color or bleach.

When I’m doing this on myself, I have learned through trial and error that 5 sections are much easier to manage.

I do 2 sections in the front of my head, 1 for just the top crown of my head, and then 2 more in the back.



Step Two: Mix and Apply the Powder Lightener to Your Hair

Mix one scoop of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener to 2 oz. of creme developer. It should be about the consistency of frosting.



Because my natural hair color is bordering on a level 6/7, I need to lift my hair at least 3 to 4 levels (if not more) to achieve a platinum blonde.

That means I need to use at least 30 volume developer. But I’m a little impatient, so I tend to live on the edge and use 40 volume. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS WHEN USING ON SCALP. I have many years of experience and have learned how to make it work without causing damage to my scalp or resulting in breakage.

Because I waited wayyyy too long to do my hair, I had to resort to some extra precautions when applying the bleach.



First, I applied the bleach to my hair about 1/2″ away from my scalp up to the pre-lightened ends. This is known as “Zone 2”.

I used this technique because your scalp gives off heat and will cause the bleach to lighten faster the closer to your scalp that it is. You don’t want to end up with “hot roots” where your hair is super light by your scalp and darker in your ends.



Once I did this and saw that it was starting to lighten in Zone 2, I went back and applied bleach to my roots, otherwise known as “Zone 1”.



I let the bleach sit on my hair for about 20 minutes AFTER I was done applying Zone 1.

To check your own hair to see if it’s ready to rinse, use a paper towel to wipe away the bleach. The color should resemble the inside of a banana peel.


Step Three: Wash the Bleach Out of Your Hair

Using warm (not hot) water, thoroughly rinse all of the bleach out. Then, use a high quality shampoo and conditioner to wash and condition your hair.

I like to use AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Synergy No. 1 Cleanse Shampoo and Ultra Bond Synergy No. 2 Conditioner because the shampoo is free of sulfates and great for color treated hair, and the conditioner contains bond-building arginine, silk amino acids and keratin.



TIP: If your hair is super healthy and soft, you might want to skip the conditioner before you use hair toner! This will help the toner “stick”.

Because my hair is already super blonde, and has gone through many chemical lightening processes already, my ends are very porous.

This is why I always use conditioner before I proceed to applying hair toner so that it doesn’t soak it up too quick and turn my ends purple.

Trust me, I’ve made this mistake before! I just make sure to concentrate the conditioner on the pre-lightened ends more than the roots.


Step Four: Mix Your Toner with Creme Developer

I was going for as platinum blonde as possible and because my natural hair was already pretty dark with a lot of orangey undertones, I went with the Silver Ash Blonde AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner.

This toner has blue undertones which help counteract the maximum amount of brassiness.



AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toners come in 3 different shades:

  • Silver Ash Blonde (blue undertone)
  • Pearl Blonde (blue/violet undertone)
  • Beige Blonde (violet undertone)


How do you know which developer to use with the toner?

10 volume will allow the toner to deposit more color, 20 volume will deposit less.

I’ve also found that 20 volume will continue to lighten your hair slightly so be careful about applying it on the areas you don’t want to tone. Again, I’ve made this mistake before so learn from me 😀



Once you decide which toner shade and developer you will use, mix 1 oz. toner to 1 oz. creme developer.



Depending on how thick your hair is, you might need to mix more. I personally have pretty thin hair, so 2 oz. total was plenty for me.



Step Five: Apply the Toner to Your Hair

The directions on the package say to apply toner to dry hair.

Through my personal experiences, and with how “thirsty” my hair is, I like to tone when it is slightly damp and towel dried. Again, this is from many years of doing my own hair.

If you’re unsure if you should do this damp or dry, do a strand test on a small section of hair in the back before applying to your entire head.

I applied the toner to Zone 1 & 2 first since they were the brassiest after bleaching and because pre-lightened ends of hair will soak up toner faster than roots.



Once I saw the toner start to take effect, I applied toner to the ends of my hair.



Once I had applied the ends, I checked my hair every 5 minutes until I was happy with the results. Then, I shampooed again and treated my hair with Ultra Bond Synergy No. 2+ Deep Conditioner Treatment to really seal in the toner.

Here is my hair (wet) BEFORE and AFTER using the AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner…



After giving myself a good solid trim (yep, I also cut my own hair when I don’t give myself the time to get in to my amazing friend and hair stylist) here are the results…



You guys, I could seriously cry. Although I still have access to some of the same products I used to use when I worked in the salon, the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful line is the PERFECT dupe for my favs!

As you can see, my blonde isn’t a super ashy blonde like you might have expected from the name of the toner. But that’s because my roots were pretty dark with a lot of brassy undertones to counteract.

I knew I needed to get those darn mega roots under control first, and now that my hair is on the same page blonde-wise I can experiment with going ashier 🙂 That’s the beauty of toner!

If you are already lighter than me, you could easily experiment with the other shades of toner to get the perfect shade for you.



How Long Does Toner Stay in Your Hair?

This depends on some factors including…

  • if your hair was previously lightened or colored
  • how often you wash your hair
  • how much you’re in the sun
  • how hot your showers are


The bare minimum a toner will last is approximately two weeks. That’s if you had previously colored hair, washed your hair all the time in super hot water, and were in the sun all the time.

If you tried to limit hair washings, used cooler water when you did, and didn’t spend a lot of time in the sun, you could probably spread that time out to about 6 weeks.

The good news is, you can also extend the life of your toners with color-depositing shampoo and conditioner! That is why I use a purple/blue depositing shampoo and conditioner every other week to maintain my platinum.

For more, visit Bre Pea!




Developer 101

I spend most of my time either at the beach or in the city which leads to a life of commuting by bike or public transit.

I very rarely drive myself anywhere anymore. I was reminded of this recently when I got behind the wheel of my friend’s fancy new car. I went to back out of the driveway, lightly pressed on the gas and we catapulted mere centimeters from a foreboding tree. Apparently, Dr. Dave’s car has more pick up than my childhood Volkswagen.

This reminded me of the perfect analogy I use to explain what hair color developers are…

Developers are the gasoline to your hair color’s engine. They are varying strengths of peroxide used to oxidize hair color and give it the lifting ability desired. When choosing which developer to use you simply ask yourself “how much gas do I want to give this color?”



10 Volume

This is used for staying at the same lightness but changing tone.  I also love using 10 Volume for very gentle, slow highlight work.


20 Volume

20 Volume is the workhorse of the developers. It is the most reached for because it is ideal for gray coverage. It gives you just enough lifting ability while depositing the perfect amount of pigment.


30 Volume

This always reminds me of when I pack 28SPF on vacation. You think to yourself “when will I really want this super specific amount of sun protection?” but 30 Volume is useful!  I love using it when I want a stronger lift on red heads or blondes and for a balayage lightener that produces natural results.


40 Volume

This is the rocket fuel (or should we say Aston Martin?) of the developers. This gives you maximum lifting capabilities with the least amount of tonal deposit. 40 Volume is great for high lift hair color, balayage and fast lifting highlights.


Once you understand how peroxide strengths are used effectively for hair color you can really put them to use. For example, if I have to pack hair color to go and have limited bag space, I will include a 40 Volume and a 10 Volume. Having these two is all you need since you can intermix them to create any strength in between. (Equal parts of 10 Volume and 40 Volume will give you a 25 Volume strength developer.)

So harness the power of peroxide and put your hair color pedal to the metal!



When to Use High Lift Hair Color

There seems to be a bit of confusion over what exactly high lift hair color is.

Think of high lifts as the rocket engine in your hair color arsenal. They are the strongest colors in your palette. Meaning they will give you maximum amount of lightening plus tonal deposit. High lifts are not bleach, bleach will lighten hair the most but has no tonal refining capabilities.

AGEbeautiful has two high lift categories that are essential to your dispensary.

AGEbeautiful High Lifts, which have three shades: Neutral, Gold and brass banishing Ash, delivering up to 5 levels of lift with pigment packed tonal deposit.

Want to fight brass as you lighten? Ash is your go-to.

Thinking of enhancing the warmth in your hair as you go brighter? Gold will get you there.

And brand new to the AGEbeautiful family… the Ultra Bond Hyper Lift shades. These heavy hitters not only give exceptional color but fill your hair with bond building technology.

Here’s how I’m loving using these shades!



Beachy Balayage

For the ultimate sun kissed, super natural highlight work, I love using high lift colors.

Just recently I was working on Lila.

Lila is a natural level 6 (light brown) head of gorgeous hair, which we wanted to add natural, sun-kissed brightness to.

I simply mixed together AGEbeautiful High Lift Neutral with 40 Volume and free hand painted onto selected strands. The results were gorgeous and natural!


Hyper Lightener

Now this is what I call “the luxury lightener” because it gives you ample amount of lift.

A touch of tonal control and a decadently delicious consistency.

Simply mix your usual formula of high lift and sprinkle a touch of your favorite powder or crème lightener into it.


Here’s the luxe formula:

2oz. of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hyper Lift Clear and 1/8oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener with 4oz. of 40 Volume


Color Cleanse

Want a quick way to remove unwanted color build up?

Using a high lift as an express all over wash will remove the unwanted tones gently and effectively.

I mix together AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hyper Lift Clear with double 20 Volume for 10 minutes on the areas of the hair I want to softly lighten.

The beauty of this is that you are not only cleansing the hair but loading it up with all of

that advanced bond-building action from the Ultra Bond Hyper Lift family.



Blushed Rose

Have a blonde, platinum or silver base color that would like a kiss of rose?

Mix AGEbeautiful High Lift Ash with a drop of AGEbeautiful Permanent 5RV.



Believable Blonde

I love to use a high lift and then an ash from a level 7 or 8 when I want to lighten a lot but still have tonal control.



2oz. AGEbeautiful High Lift Neutral & 1/8oz. AGEbeautiful 8A Permanent with 4oz. 40 Volume

This is ideal for level 6 or higher base colors.



Brass Free Brunette

Softening a darker shade into a lighter brunette without a lot of brass is a snap

using a high lift shade and a classic shade together


Love this formula:

2o.z. AGEbeautiful High Lift Ash & 1/4oz AGEbeautiful 6A Permanent with 4oz. 30 Volume

This formula looks fantastic on levels 4-5 that want to be softly lightened with minimal red/orange tones.


These shades are sure to boost your palette’s coloring potential. I know you are going to have lots of illuminating success and cannot wait to see how they work for you!




The shift from golden Indian summer into the warm embrace of autumn is one of my favorite times of year.

The cozy sweaters come out, fireplaces begin to glow and I can bike without breaking a sweat (sort of).
But the best part is, everyone wants new hair color!

Here are my favorite formulas and techniques for this season:

Ultimate Chocolate

This is a rich, delicious brunette for the girl who wants a better-than-natural brown.
How do you make a brown not just brown?  Add more brown!
Mixing opposing tones creates a luxurious brunette that is never boring.

For Mazi, I used 1oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 6N & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 5G & 1/2oz. AGEbeautiful Permanent 7A  / 2oz. 20 Volume.


Café Au Lait

A classic, sophisticated blonde is as timeless as throwing on a cashmere sweater, cuddled up with a cup of coffee.

Placing lowlights under back-combed slices of lightness creates a pop and makes the blonde appear even brighter.

I used AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent 6N in the back for a crisp brown that makes the blonde look even brighter and slowly added AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Clear Shine as I got towards the top and front. This elegant yet lived-in technique is the perfect end of summer look.


Platinum Silver

A lot of people are adjusting their usual gray coverage routine with different ways of embracing your silver.
My Mom was quarantined in Costa Rica for most of this year leading to a very grown out gray.

While I have major renovation ideas up my sleeve, for this we just wanted to kill that yellow on her ends.
Painting AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toner in Silver Ash Blonde knocked out the yellow and turned let-it-go gray into polished silver.


Pumpkin Spice

What feels more fall-like than pumpkin spiced anything?
The secret to pumping up the heat in this look is to increase your developer and shade as you go down the hair shaft.

This vibrant formula is AGEbeautiful Permanent 8RC with 20 Volume on the roots, then add AGEbeautiful Permanent 9RC and 40 Volume for the mid-lengths and ends.

Having a complete palette of intermixable shades like AGEbeautiful allows you to be the creator of an infinite seasonal shade collection. I know you are going to have a blast playing with new formulas and I can’t wait to see your autumnal masterpieces. Check out our full range of AGEbeautiful shades and tag us in your looks, @ZotosProfessional #AGEbeautiful.





My New Look and Updo

This shop has been compensated by collective bias, Inc. And it’s advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoBeyondGrayCoverage #CollectiveBias

The holidays are here and there’s so much to do. There are places to go and parties to attend. It gets really busy, doesn’t it? Not to mention seeing your friends and family that you haven’t seen all year. I want to make sure that I look my best.



I check my closet and find the perfect holiday outfit, matching purse and accessories. Everything is looking great and I am all ready for a fun holiday night out but wait. I take another glance in the mirror and see that those pesky gray hairs have returned. Ugh.

It really has been a long time since I colored my hair and I am overdue for a new look. But who has time to head to the salon during this busy season?  Well you know me, this girl is taking matters into her own hands, literally. I’m going to update my look with a fresh new hair color right at home. This time, I’m trying something different. Something that will help get rid of the grays and help my hair look good.



I decided to give Zotos AgeBeautiful Anti-aging Hair Color a try. AgeBeautful helps me fight the signs of aging and color my hair like a pro right in the comfort of my own home.

I headed to my local Sally Beauty store and went with Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Liqui-Crème anti-aging hair color in 1N which is Jet Black along with Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful 20 volume developer which is the usual choice.



Why Choose AgeBeautiful?

As we get older we may notice the signs of aging on our skin and face. Our eyes may have a few wrinkles here in there but did you know but most of us don’t think about our hair?

As we age our hair shows the effects. It loses:

  • Volume
  • Manageability
  • Shine
  • Color
  • and Moisture

How to Apply Zotos Age Beautiful Anti-aging HaircolorThis is my first time using hair color with a separate developer and it was really is easy to use. The mixing ratio is 1 to 1 and that means you mix 1 ounce of developer for 1 ounce of color.



I chose to purchase an applicator bottle to apply my hair color. Make sure you use gloves and an old t-shirt to keep your clothes from getting ruined. It’s also helpful to apply petroleum jelly around your hairline and ears to keep your skin from getting stained.



Simply squeeze the creme into the bottle with the developer and shake to mix.




Before I dyed my hair. You can see the grey hairs along the edged of my hairline, especially at my side part. (For those that don’t know, the white hair in the back is my birthmark and I don’t dye that hair ever.)




The results were beautiful black curls with fewer signs of grey and aging.




Click to learn more about Zotos AgeBeautiful Anti-aging Hair Color.


Holiday Updo Tutorial

I’ll show you how to get your hair holiday ready with my easy updo/ponytail.

1. First, section off your bangs.

2. Then apply your favorite hair moisturizer or gel and slick all the hair up into a high ponytail and tie it with an elastic band.

3. Tie a black silk hairbow or scarf around the ponytail.

4. Finish the look with sparkle by placing rhinestone hair clips throughout the ponytail and front edge of bangs.




Viola! Now you are ready for all the season has to offer!


Do you dye your hair at home? How are you dealing with the signs of aging?


For more inspiration visit Stacie Raye.

The Best Way to Cover Up Gray Hair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoBeyondGrayCoverage #CollectiveBias Look and feel younger by staying on top of those pesky gray hairs…I’m sharing the best way to to cover up gray hair today! Read on to see how I did it!



You don’t reach your thirties and beyond without picking up some wisdom along the way. I’m not as wise as my mama, for instance, but I would like to think that today’s Kristin knows a bit more than that twenty-something girl of days past. So, I would have to say that I am perfectly at ease with where I am at in this stage of the game. The road that brought me to my husband, children and a career that I love has been windy, but wonderful. That being said, while I don’t mind looking my age, I certainly do not want to look any older. Bwah!

And that is why I cover up my gray hair. My healthy crop of gray is a genetic gift. My mom was 75% gray before she was thirty and her grandmother was snow white at the same age. So, basically my original brunette mane didn’t stand a chance. Haha! It actually doesn’t bother me too much. My gray hair has given me an excuse to play around with my color. That’s always fun!

Plus, lightening up the brown a bit has made me look younger I think. That and full gray coverage. Just sayin’. Going a shade lighter is always a good tip when you’re trying to cover up your gray. And permanent color is best for full gray coverage. Enter Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful anti-aging Liqui-Crème hair color, my new best friend…I easily found her at my local Sally Beauty Supply store by the way. Woot!



How to Easily Cover Up Gray Hair

As we age, our hair’s appearance can make us appear older as much as our skin can. With 5 signs of aging that include loss of(1) volume, (2) manageability, (3) shine, (4) color, (5) moisture, we have to stay on top of our anti-aging battle. Zotos can help us do that! Did you know that AGEbeautiful anti-aging hair color is the first hair color developed to fight all 5 signs of aging?

It also contains melanin, keratin peptide, silk protein, vitamin E, and a patented conditioning. The unique formula penetrates deeply and absorbs quickly to deliver beautiful rich color. Hair feels instantly fuller, silkier and radiates shine. And nothing looks more youthful than a full mane of bouncy, shiny hair sans grays of course! If you have really stubborn grays, go for the Ultimate Coverage series! Another little tip…

Now I typically head to my hair stylist for my color, but she recently got sick, which happens. Unfortunately, it happened right before I headed out for a big trip and she wasn’t able to rebook me for quite a while. There was no way my roots would wait, so I decided to try out at home color for the first time. I had no idea what I was in for, but thanks to the Zotos AGEbeautiful line, the at home color process is surprisingly simple. Like anyone who has never colored her hair herself, I was worried that the application requirements would be beyond my skill set, but I worried for no reason! I saved time AND money. As you can see, my grays are GONE! Score!




Why At Home Hair Color is For You

Now that I know about the best way to cover gray hair, I just might turn to at home hair color a whole lot more, especially between highlighting appointments. Why can’t I take care of my gray roots myself? I now know that I totally can! And the best part is, thanks to those covered up roots, my hair is holiday ready!

All I have to do before I leave the house for an event is give it a blow dry and curl the ends. Easy peasy! As you can probably guess after reading this, I’m is ALL about easy! Us busy moms have to be right? Hey, it’s the holiday season. Our already time crunched life is even busier this time of year! Let’s take those wins where we can get them! So, are you ready to try the best way to cover gray hair yourself? Head over to Zotos Professional to see which color could cover your gray!



For more inspiration visit Take Time for Style.

AGE Beautifully with Zotos Professional Anti-Aging Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color


I’m all about aging beautifully and youthfully.  I do my best to stay agile, vibrant and youthful by eating right, exercise regularly, and getting enough sleep. I’m also on the lookout for the best and most affordable products from skincare to haircare as part of this upkeep.

As I age my skin and hair lose elasticity, moisture, and volume.  On top of that, I’m also getting more gray hair, a natural progression in life.  And no, I’m not ready to go full-on silver fox.

It’s no secret that I have been coloring my gray hair at home for the past few years because it’s economically feasible and time-saving. I have tried almost every product and brand that you could think of.  Although they did their job in hiding my grays the downside was that the color would fade (and more so near the temples) after a few weeks and my hair would start to look brassy and dull.  While waiting for my next at-home hair coloring, I use this product to touch up my gray roots to get me through the weeks.



Most recently, I tried the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color in Darkest Brown. Since I have over 50% gray hair permanent color is the best option to cover my grays. This product is the first color with melanin, keratin peptide, silk protein and a patented conditioning technology to replenish hair with the essential components that are lost with aging. Their unique formula penetrates deeply and absorbs quickly to cover gray 100% and deliver beautiful, rich color that lasts for up to 8 weeks.



No wonder my hair feels stronger, shinier, and softer after the hair dye.  What I didn’t expect is that the color around my temples lasts a lot longer than most products I have used in the past, which is a bonus.

Since I need to dye my hair every few weeks I prefer to do this on my own at home because not only does it save me the time it also doesn’t put a big dent in my wallet.

That’s why I’m so happy that I discovered Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Anti-Aging Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color.  It is very easy to use and does not drip or sting my scalp – I have very sensitive skin by the way. This is by far the best permanent hair color product I have ever used on my hair.  Stay tuned for an upcoming step by step tutorial on how to achieve this look at home without spending a fortune.

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AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Spray Temporary Hair Color Before And After



I found the best root touch-up product to cover my gray hair!  AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Spray Temporary Hair Color.

Did you know that my hair is 50% gray?  Yes, you can’t tell from the photos but I have been dying my own hair for almost a decade now.

Everyone’s hair grows out at a different rate but for whatever reason, my hair grows exceptionally fast to the tune of an inch per 3 weeks.  You can say it’s a blessing and a curse.

I love the fact that my hair is healthy and grows fast but not a big fan of such growth because my grays also get visible at the same time.

I’ve been debating whether I should just go au naturale with my hair but I’m just not ready.  Someday I will but until then I depend on a number of products to make my grays invisible.

I have used almost any temporary root touch-ups that you can name from mascara to powder!  The mascara method is great for a silver strand here and there but it tends to make my hair clumpy and sticky.  The root touch up powder is a good option but it takes forever to apply the entire head.

Lately, I’ve been using the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Temporary Hair Color to touch up my gray roots to get me through for another two or three weeks before coloring my hair.  AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up temporary hair color is water, sweat, and stain-resistant. My hair is dark brown and I’m using the Darkest Brown hair color to touch up my gray roots.





This product is so easy to use and it sprays in quite evenly giving a natural look.  My grays disappear instantly and it looks and feels natural.  The color will wash out completely the next time I shampoo my hair.

This root touch-up product isn’t just good at hiding grown-out grays— they’re also useful for creating the illusion of thicker hair.  You can see my bald spots on the before photo above literally disappeared after a couple of sprays.





If you are looking to make your grays disappear instantly I highly recommend Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Temporary Hair Color.  This is one of the best hair arsenals to combat grays – so easy to use and the formula leaves your hair with full-color coverage.  This product is available at Sally Beauty and comes in a variety of shades that would match your color hair.

How I Did My Ombre Hair Color

I’ve always done my hair color at home. I can probably count the times I had my hair colored at the salon with my fingers in one hand! I just love the convenience of doing it in my own time – no need to schedule it in my calendar. I can do it whenever I want to. Sometimes, on a very random night! Plus, I can multi-task while I’m waiting for my hair color to develop. So below, I’m sharing with you how I did my new ombre hair color, along with tips for coloring at home.




For this ombre hair color tutorial, I used the newest line from Zotos Professional hair products – the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ line. It was developed to allow users to lighten hair without fear of damage, hair breakage, or further aging! If you’re one of those who worry about bleaching disasters, the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line is for you. Make sure to check the link to learn more and to view the complete line of products in their website.




You can find these products at your local Sally Beauty. Now, let me list everything I used for this specific hair color I did at home.


  • Ultra Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz sachet
  • Ultra Bond 20 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for on-scalp application)
  • Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for off-scalp application)
  • Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent 6N Light Brown
  • Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent Clear Shine
  • Demi-Dedicated Developer


  • No.1 Cleanse (shampoo)
  • No.2 Condition (conditioner)
  • No.2+ Deep Treatment


  • Gloves
  • Cape
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair clips
  • Brush/applicators
  • Mixing bowl (I used old take-out bowls)
  • Spa essentials like candles, sheet/eye masks, music, and drink of choice (bonus/optional)


(1) Begin by putting on your cape. Not talking about the superhero kind, but that’s fine too! If you don’t have one, wear an old t-shirt or button down that’s okay to get stained.

TIP: You can also get a clean garbage bag and cut a hole on top for your head, and two smaller ones on either side for your arms.

(2) Start by applying petroleum jelly around the hairline, on your forehead, neck, and the top of your ears. After that, wear your gloves.

TIP: Applying petroleum jelly or conditioner will prevent stains on your skin.


(3) In a mixing bowl, mix the powder lightener and corresponding developer according to the package directions in the lightener you are using. For on-scalp application, use the 20-volume developer. For off-scalp application, you can use the 40-volume developer.



(4) Once everything is mixed well, you can begin applying it to your hair. Grab 1-2 inch sections of hair and apply with an applicator brush or your fingers (with gloves, of course). Since this is an ombre hair color tutorial, I started from the ends and worked my way up until where I want the lighter color to be. In my case, I did the lightener up until under my ears. Remember to focus on the ends first, make sure it is saturated with the mixture before you go up.



(5) Once you’ve applied and used up all the lightener for your hair, let it sit for 60 minutes, checking every 10 minutes. You can leave it for less time if you’ve reached your desired color. And while you wait, it’s time for some pamper time!

TIP: Use the wait time to pamper yourself. You don’t always have to spend so much $$$ at the spa just to pamper yourself. You can do it at home! Light some candles, play some relaxing music, and pour yourself your favorite drink. Put on some sheet or eye masks, and then read a magazine or an e-book, whatever you fancy!


(6) When the time is up, rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. use the Ultra Bond No.1 Cleanse to shampoo your hair. Follow up with No.2 to condition it. After rinsing, let your hair dry before proceeding to color it.

The No. 2+ Deep Treatment is used after you lighten/color your hair. Use it on clean, damp hair as you would a hair treatment product.


And voila… this is the end result…



Just kidding! This was my hair after lightening it. Since I have really dark brown to almost black hair, it will take longer to get it to a lighter shade. But I went with this because my goal was to get it to a light brown color. It’s now time for the next step!

(7) It’s time to mix up the hair color I’m using. I went with the 6N Light Brown Demi Permanent hair color. I used 3/4 of that with 1/4 Clear Shine (for that healthy, shiny look). You don’t have to mix up colors if you’re not comfortable doing so. You can just pick a shade you like and mix it with the corresponding developer. In this case, I used the demi dedicated developer and mixed them all in the bowl.



(8) Now for this, I applied more color to the top and less as I go down towards the ends of my hair. This helped achieved the ombre look. Once you have applied the hair color all over, let it develop according to package directions (about 20 minutes for all over application).



(9) Once your timer is done, rinse your hair until the water runs clear. You may use the same conditioner to condition hair, or use a hair mask. Rinse, let dry, and style your hair. Now admire!



This is how the back looks like:



Now telling all my friends about the Ultra Bond powder lightener because I want to do other lighter colors next time!!!




Here are some before and after photos with a ring light so you can see how it looks like with indoor lighting.



And a final one with the mix of natural and warm light!



I hope you enjoyed this hair tutorial. I promise it’s easier than it seems like. Let me know if you decide to color your hair at home and what you think about the new Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line!


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Zotos Ultra Bond Hair Lightening

“You are so brave,” my husband says as he walks in the house seeing me with a cap on my head and bleach all over it!




Typically I would never color my own hair at home, I have had enough trouble finding a professional to color my hair right. But after researching and learning about Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ I was beyond excited to give it a try! I have to be honest, I have had bleaching disasters in the past, so typically something like this would have me nervous and scared to try. But after reading the reviews, testimonials, and watching a couple Zotos Professional Videos, I was ready to try!

The new Ultra Bond™ line allows users to lighten hair without the fear of further aging, breakage or damage. AGEbeautiful introduces Ultra Bond™ lighteners and hair care with built-in bonding to enforce strengthening and protecting the hair with each use. It is infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids, and keratin for a softening and silky effect. My favorite part is that it leaves the hair stronger, shinier, and more youthful-looking with each use. When I was finished, not only did I love the color, but my hair was so soft and felt so healthy.

What I love about this at home treatment is that it allows me time in between services to stay fresh and bright. I am going to lay out the EASY FOUR steps that will allow you to get amazing results at home.



Step One – MIX

Mix Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz with Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz



Step Two – PREPARE

I pulled my hair through a cap to leave some of my natural brown color. So next decide how you want to apply it.


Step Three – APPLY

Apply and leave on for up to 60 minutes. Checking every 10 minutes.I left mine on for 35 minutes.



Rinse and use No.2+ Deep Treatment 8.45 fl oz and style your favorite look!

Zotos Professional No.2+ Deep Treatment is a conditioning treatment with built in bonding to strengthen and condition the hair.


BEFORE – semi dark roots



I LOVE the color blonde and how well the product lightened up my roots. This will most definitely save me a trip to my stylist which is money and time back in my pocket!
Visit Zotos Professional here to see more EASY at home Hair products!