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From texture to type, length and starting level — each client requires a unique set of skills to create a perfectly tailored color. When it comes to coloring dense or textured hair it can be a great idea to brush up on a few expert-approved techniques to ensure you’re getting the desired results. Babylights have been a popular trend the past few seasons, however, when working with dense textured hair you’ll need a different approach. Babylights are a great way to create a natural-looking gorgeous glow and Lindsey Olson, Sam Villa Ambassador (@lindsey.marie.olson) is sharing her secrets to get the look on textured hair. 

“I use much larger sections and just bump the color up a few levels to give a subtle glow on textured hair, if traditional babylights were applied you would never see them,” explains Olson. She goes on to explain that the same method can be used for more contrast, depending on the formula.  Both high contrast and subtle colors have their challenges with textured hair…from visibility to the integrity of the curls.  Always using only 10 or 20 volume Redken Pro-Oxide will help achieve a healthy and dimensional result. 

Babylight Tips for Textured Hair

  • Take zigzag partings with large weave sections and hand paint with Redken Blonde Idol with 20 volume.  Paint top of section and back, then use hands to blend color all the way through. Leaving out 2-3 inches from Zone One to keep depth at the base.
  • Apply in all four quadrants and process for 45 minutes at room temperature. 
  • Rinse, then shampoo and condition with Redken All Soft
  • Working in small sections, apply Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-in Conditioner throughout the entire head. 
  • Again, working in small sections, apply Mizani Styling Foam Wrap and create individual loose twists in each section.
  • Diffuse with a Sam Villa Vision Blow Dryer on low air and medium heat.  Start with head tilted all the way forward for maximum volume and rotate head all the way back to dry opposite sides until hair is 100% dry.
  • Use a hair pick to rake base to create more volume. 
  • Apply Redken Oil For All for shine and to define ends.

Similar to choosing a brush or tong size for heat styling, these techniques can easily be applied to various types of texture. “The size of these sections increases with higher curl patterns, but can be used on wavy hair as well, just use smaller sections,” explains Olson. 


For even more education, tips and techniques, be sure to follow @samvillahair and check out the latest in live education!



Photographer, Color & Style: Lindsey Olson

Model: Emily Marrero from Alicja Models

Makeup: Natalie Shepard