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.

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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.

 

 

WHAT I USED

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.

 

 

WHERE TO FIND + PROMOTION

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.

ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS USED FOR LIGHTENING HAIR + HAIR COLOR:

  • 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

ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL ULTRA BOND™ HAIRCARE PRODUCTS USED:

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

OTHERS:

  • 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)

STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL

(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!!!

 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

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.

 

Step Four – CONDITION

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

 

AFTER

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!

How to Bleach Your Hair at Home

Being a former professional hair stylist, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

There are times when you just need to bite the bullet and pay for a pro to color your hair.

But there are also a lot of times where you can get professional results right in the comfort of your own home!

I recently found Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ Powder Lightener and Developer at my local Sally Beauty and I am seriously impressed with the results.

 

 

I’ve tried a few other powder lightener brands at Sally Beauty over the past 8 years of DIYing my own platinum blonde hair at home, and they didn’t quite perform to my standards.

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener lifted my hair fast, evenly, and most importantly safely!

Seriously, look at the “before”… yikes!

 

 

Don’t just take my word for it…

Keep reading to see how I achieved pro results at home and how you can too!

KEEP THIS IN MIND BEFORE YOU BEGIN BLEACHING YOUR HAIR AT HOME

Don’t wash your hair the day of. Even better if it’s been a few days! The natural oils in your hair help protect your scalp when doing an all-over bleach application.

Know where you’re at naturally. Natural hair color comes in levels 1-10, 1 being naturally black and 10 being naturally very light blonde. Compare your regrowth to a natural hair level chart.

Know your undertones. All natural hair also has undertones with level 1 having red undertones and level 10 having pale yellow undertones. When you lighten your hair, the undertones will be exposed until the bleach eventually lifts most of them out.

For example:

If you are a natural level 4 wanting to get to a level 11 (platinum) your hair will need to first lift out red, then orange, then yellow undertones.

 

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED FOR BLEACHING YOUR HAIR AT HOME:

  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener 6 oz
  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond 20 Volume Developer 4 oz
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator brush
  • Alligator clips
  • A shirt you don’t care about anymore (or a hair cape)
  • Measuring cup
  • Gloves
  • AGEbeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Topcoat Toner
  • AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond No.2+ Deep Treatment 8.45 fl oz

 

 

STEP ONE: SECTION YOUR HAIR

Before you do anything, make sure you are wearing a shirt you don’t care about, or even a hair coloring cape. When you bleach your hair, it WILL get on what you are wearing.

Part your hair into 4 sections: down the middle of your head and from the top of your ear to the top of the other ear.

Secure each section with an alligator clip.

 

 

STEP TWO: MIX THE BLEACH

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener is mixed in a 1:1 ratio with the developer.

 

 

Mix 1 scoop (provided) powder lightener with 1 oz. of cream developer until you get a pudding consistency. If you have thicker hair, you might need to double or triple the amount.

 

 

If you are only retouching regrowth:

Because your scalp generates heat (which helps bleach work more efficiently) you will only need to mix up one batch using 20 volume developer.

If you are lifting previously colored hair:

If you currently have previously colored hair, especially if it’s very dark, I recommend going to a professional until you have the results you’re looking for.

There are just so many things that can go wrong when you are lifting previously colored hair, and a pro has the knowledge and tools readily available to them in case of emergency.

Once you get to an overall platinum blonde, it’s very easy (and budget friendly!) to do your own retouches at home.

 

STEP THREE: APPLY BLEACH TO THE OUTLINE OF EACH SECTION

Make sure you are wearing gloves! Working very quickly, apply bleach with your applicator brush to the outline of each section. This will help keep your application neat.

 

 

Make sure you only apply bleach to the regrowth. If it overlaps, you risk having banding issues (uneven lifting). Luckily, you’re using AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond lightener so you don’t have to worry about breakage 😉

 

STEP FOUR: APPLY BLEACH TO THE REST OF YOUR HEAD

Using your applicator brush and working one section at a time, take approximately 1/4″ diagonal partings and apply the bleach to the regrowth.

 

 

Most would say to start in the back. From personal experience, I like to start in the front so that it gets nice and light. I don’t mind if the back is ever so slightly darker.

 

STEP FIVE: LET IT PROCESS

Bleaching is less about watching the clock and more about watching your hair. There are multiple factors that affect how well your hair will lift including:

  • air temperature
  • humidity
  • and even hormones!

About 15 minutes after you have finished the application, check your hair periodically (about every 5 minutes) until your hair is the color of the inside of a banana.

 

 

STEP SIX: RINSE AND TREAT YOUR HAIR

Rinse the bleach out of your hair with warm water until you can no longer feel any left behind and the water is running clear.

 

 

Shampoo with AGEbeautiful No.1 Cleanse and bring the porosity of your hair back to normal with No.2+ Deep Treatment.

Because I have very porous ends, I prefer to do this before I tone my hair so that the toner takes more evenly.

 

 

STEP SEVEN: TONE YOUR HAIR

The toner you should use depends on your final result desired and what current undertone is present after lifting your hair.

From past experience, I know that it’s tough to get all of the yellow undertones out of my hair. I also had more of a golden blonde before and was now wanting to go more ash. So I selected the Silver Ash Blonde toner.

Apply the toner to your regrowth first because your ends are usually more porous and will soak the toner up VERY quickly. Once the regrowth looks like it’s starting to take to the toner, working very quickly, apply the toner to your ends.

Just like the bleach, keep an eye on your hair so you know when it’s time to rinse.

 

STEP EIGHT: GIVE YOUR HAIR A FINAL SHAMPOO AND CONDITION

Rinse under cool water until it runs clear, and then repeat a shampoo with the No.1 Cleanse and No.2 Condition.

 

 

Besides the fact that I need a haircut in the worst way, didn’t it turn out beautiful?!

 

 

 

Platinum hair with pro results at home is within your reach! Head out to your local Sally Beauty to pick up AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightener and Developer (don’t forget your toner).

 

 

 

Ultimate Guide: How to Bleach your Hair at Home

 

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Unbreakable Blonde

Remember when blonding hair meant breakage?

 

There are endless reasons to reach for the bleach…  Whether it’s that blondoholic who is never blonde enough, removing a vivid tone or lifting someone’s base color, bleach and high lift color are your most powerful weapons in the color arsenal.

 

It seems like just yesterday that all that power meant compromised, damaged hair. Those days are long gone thanks to the major leaps and bounds from the labs of Zotos Professional.

 

Brand new from AGEbeautiful… Ultra Bond!

Now we can lighten hair with full confidence and no fear of aging, breakage or damage, all with built-in bonding benefits.

 

This cutting edge series has both a powder and crème lightener, three high lift / hyper lift shades, dedicated developers and an at home maintenance line that is the best I have ever worked with.

 

One of my favorite clients has proudly dubbed herself a “blondoholic”.  As long as she was as bright and white as I could possibly get her, she would suffer through the inevitable breakage side effects.  15 plus years of blonding just jumped into the new era…

 

Ever since we have switched her over to using AGEbeautiful’s Ultra Bond Series the results speak for themselves:

 

Jamie Before Ultra Bond Blonding:

Notice how we could only take her blond so far and all that bleaching took its toll on her hair.

 

Jamie After Ultra Bond Bonding:

I’m not only able to get Jamie lighter and brighter but she is now an unbreakable blond!

 

Jamie Formula:

Dense foil wrap of babylights using AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightner and 40Volume

In between foil wrap free hand paint mid-lengths and ends with AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener and 40Volume

ProTip:  I love adding a drop of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Synergy Deep Treatment to my bleach mixtures for the ultimate in luxury consistency.

 

Lighten her natural level 7 base color using AGEbeautiful HLA and 40Volume

(There’s a reason they call this HyperLift, I’m convinced there is rocket fuel in there!)

Process for 45 minutes

 

ProTipTo create a crisp, cool blond try adding a drop of AGEbeautiful 8A into your HyperLift formula.

 

The piece de resistance to these products is that they have built-in bonding.

There is no messy adding in of ingredients to your bleach, these miracle workers are infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids and keratin.

 

Now for the best part… the Bond Synergy Hair Care:

This at home regime maintains the bonding benefits after all your brilliant blonding.

Doubling the strength and health in the hair.

 

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hair Care In The Wild!

Jamie is excited to add the Bond Series Hair Care to her complete, nutritious hair regime.

 

ProTip:  These shampoos and conditioners are super versatile and a lot of my finer haired clients who are looking, not just for volume, but also density-fiber-building-protein are loving the way this line bulks and fortifies their limp locks.

 

Now that you can lighten with complete confidence go out and there and create unbreakable blondes…

 

I dare you to find breakage!