Crystal-Lite: A Low-Maintenance “Platinum” Technique


Featuring Joico Global Brand Ambassador, Larisa Love

Imagine the glorious transformation to pure, icy-white blonde – with a low maintenance edge. Sounds impossible, right? Wrong! Joico Global Brand Ambassador, Larisa Love, has created the Crystal-Lite Technique, a brand-new platinum-like look with a seamless grow-out.

Hairstylist Larisa Love with hands in hair

Over-the-top, icy blonde has always been considered fierce and super-feminine. It has not, however, been considered a “low-maintenance” look. That’s because the extreme pale, coupled with cool tones, rarely mimic’s a client’s natural roots (even on true blondies); so frequent touch-ups are inevitable.

Larisa’s seamless solution
“For this technique, I created a pure white tone with no warmth, but left the natural root color for a more seamless grow-out. It’s perfect for a client who wants to have a complete transformation from their natural color, without overly- frequent visits to the salon.”

How It Works

Leaving the natural root allows the light color to have more depth throughout the top.

Adding highlights between the slices allows them to lift slightly lighter, and that creates dimension throughout the toning process.

It’s not too ashy (Larisa uses violet – 10V – to neutralize the tone; and then retones with an even cooler shade if needed.)

Larisa sends clients home with Joico’s Blonde Life Violet Shampoo and Conditioner to help maintain the cool tone between visits. Alternating this regimen with Defy Damage Shampoo and Conditioner (and Defy Damage Protective Masque for a weekly, 20-minute, bond-building treatment) keeps those delicate strands icy and strong.

Her styling recommendation includes Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray, along with Blonde Life Brightening Oil to bump up the shine of this crystal creation.

The Formula

Prep Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 1: Bond-Protecting Color Optimizer

Formula 1: Blonde Life Lightening Powder starting with 10 Volume LumiShine Developer ending with 40 Volume LumiShine Developer⁣

Formula 2 (Toner): LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid Color 10V + 10N with 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Post Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 2: Bond-Strengthening Color Treatment


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