I wanted to create an entirely unique Grey toned shade, that had a wide appeal to a multitude of hair toning requirements and was flexible in the results it gave. The key with Lilac Grey is the colour emphasis falls neither on the Lilac nor the Grey. In fact, I had debated calling the shade ‘Frosted Orchid’ or ‘Metallic Mauve’, but those shades appeared as results based on the foundation of the hair:
If you have a multi-tonal blonde shade (be it from foils or balayage technique), Lilac Grey produces a shade which could only be best described as ‘Frosted Orchid’. The varying depths within the hair, combined with the Lilac Grey tone creates a delicate cool Orchid shade with hints of beige and lavender. This is a highly wearable hair colour that is a departure from a standard cool blonde.
When applied onto hair with thicker balayage panels and more solid lightened ombre mid-lengths and ends, Lilac Grey displays as a sharp Metallic Mauve. The key is for the hair to have deeper, darker areas at the top sections and more solid block blonde at the lower sections. Combined, these foundations create a distinctive mauve that has a heavy cool tone.
A unique facet of Colour Restore Lilac Grey is its ability to both create a Lilac Grey shade and neutralise unwanted underlying warm tone, in one step. Because the product contains both the violet and ash tone, it has incredibly strong anti-orange potential. This means it will counteract any copper or rust tones within the hair. With balayage and ombre foundations, this can be particularly beneficial, as such techniques will often evoke mild warmth around demarcation areas. When Colour Restore Lilac Grey is applied to these foundations, those warm tones are immediately neutralised, whilst lighter-neutral areas display as pure Lilac Grey.
Due to the combination of both the violet (lilac) and ash (grey) tones within the shade, Colour Restore Lilac Grey is a super strength anti-orange. If applied to very red-orange hair, the formula can kick out most of the orange tone, producing a more neutral burnished beige. Just be mindful, that if Lilac Grey is used to neutralise warm tones, neither the lilac nor the grey tones will display in the hair, simply because these tones have been used to neutralise.
Many brunettes suffer from root glow. This is where a peroxide based permanent colourant has lifted more at the roots and exposed warmth. Using Colour Restore Lilac Grey on a root glow issue, will mute down a great deal of the warmth and refine the shade.