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Get the technique look for 2020 – 50/50 colour by Warren Boodaghian

March 31, 2020

“50/50 colour is a trend that is here to stay. It can be worn in many ways – classically or creatively. It was popular in the early 2000s with Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera wearing the trends, and more recently Dua Lipa brought it back for 2020. However, it really dates back to Blondie rocking the look in the late 70s/early 80s. Now, we have modernised the technique with new tones to add depth and ensure it is attention grabbing for all the right reasons. Use complementary tones for a more simplistic look, or contrasting tones for something more dramatic. On short hair work with harmonising colours so that the hair doesn’t look too busy; give a bob some geometry for a 60s Carnaby girl feel.” – Warren Boodaghian, head of technical, HOB Academy, London


Blondes can still have fun, so take inspiration from the 90s for long hair. Go strong and bold with the colour placement but alter the dark/light combo by going softer for a more delicate finish.

1 Prep the hair with Blondor Cream with 6% mixed 1-1.5 ratio.

2 Take a star-like section on top of the head and secure.

3 On the underneath section apply Wella Colour Touch 20g 9/97 + 10g 7/97 + 3g 4/57 + 4% for a for a deep minky tone.

4 Take the star section and apply Wella Colour Touch 20g 9/97 + 2g 7/75 + 4% for a lighter heather blonde tone. This gives the illusion of 50/50 hair.

5 Blow-dry hair and finish with powder for a matt, effortless finish.


Find out more about HOB Academy: www.hobsalons.com/academy