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With fall and a new baby almost here, I've been wanting to lighten my hair a shade or two or add some highlights for a little change. It's been a lonngggg time since I've been completely blonde so I went to my local Sally Beauty to find a product to help me lighten my hair color with highlights at home. I've been debating highlighting my hair since summer because already being 30, I am noticing a lot of the signs of aging in my hair - less volume, less color and less moisture and shine overall. As a busy mom I don't always have the time to head to the hair salon to get my hair done, so I've been searching for the perfect way to highlight my own hair at home. Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Creme Lightener was my first choice because I am able to lighten my hair without the fear of further damage, aging or extra breakage.  No more bleaching disasters for this mama! 

At Sally Beauty, I headed to the Zotos AGEbeautiful color section to find my current hair color and a blonde shade that was pretty similar to my current hair color for a change but nothing too drastic. I ended up choosing Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Creme Lightener to use.

The Crème Lightener is able to be mixed and applied with a bowl, which is my preference and can lighten your hair up to 8 levels depending on how long you leave it on. After choosing your lightener, you'll need to grab your developer as well. The developer that is recommended 99% of the time is 20 volume, but you can always ask an associate if you are unsure.  I also made sure to grab a bowl, brush and gloves at Sally Beauty too and their No.2 Condition for after my lightening treatment.  As a side note, the 20 volume developer can be used for on or off scalp application for initial and retouching applications and lifts your hair 4 to 6 levels depending on the starting point and the 40 volume developer is only used for off scalp applications for initial and retouching applications and can lift your hair up to 8 levels depending on the starting point of your hair.

Once I got home I took everything out of the package and ready to setup in my bathroom. You will want to start with your developer first. Typically the mixing ratio for developer to lightener is 1:1, meaning for every one ounce of developer you will want one ounce of lightener. I first added 2 oz of developer to my bowl and then the 2 oz of lightener and mixed them together. You could also use an applicator bottle if you'd like. Because I have long and thick hair, I ended up needing to use two of the 2 oz lighteners, but if you have short hair 1 oz may even be enough. Remember to always do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before completely coloring or lightening your hair.

Once I have my developer and lightener mixed, I threw a towel around my neck and back. You can even add conditioner or Vaseline around the edge of your hairline and tops of your ears to prevent product from getting on them. You then put your gloves on and apply your lightener to your dry hair starting a half an inch off your scalp thru your mid length! I left my lightener in for about 45 minutes and then rinsed it out, shampooed and applied conditioner.  You can leave your lightener in for up to 60 minutes, just make sure to check your hair every 10 minutes for your desired lightening result.

Before using Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond products my hair was a medium brown and after it is a beautiful light brown to dark blonde! I love the change and how much better my hair felt after coloring it! My hair felt fuller, silkier and full of shine. I also will be using their No.2 Condition to maintain bonding benefits in between lightening treatments to keep my hair looking healthy and youthful!



If you're wanting to lighten your hair with the same products I used, you can receive a FREE haircare product with the purchase of any lightener or hyperlift by using the code 555306 in-store at Sally Beauty. This offer runs through 12/31/19 (as supplies last).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO Cassie