The biggest and most important, crucial item when going for that beautiful caramel tone is to AVOID going too red or too brassy when lifting from darker hair. Here's how:
To achieve a perfect, true caramel, process and rinse base color FIRST. Base color formula: 1 oz. 6N Aloxxi Andiamo mixed with 1 oz. Aloxxi 20 volume developer. Process only fifteen minutes.
THEN apply highlights a few inches away from the scalp beginning in the nape area, utilizing 1/8" slices and Aloxxi Lightener mixed with 30 volume Aloxxi developer. Then repeat the highlights in a pinwheel fashion on the sides of the head from the crown through to the temple. Add 3-4 highlights in the bang area beginning directly at the scalp for a nice pop of color in front. Lift highlights PAST the yellow/orange zone and up to a pale yellow. Rinse.
THEN apply Aloxxi Tones 9N mixed with Aloxxi Tones developer on highlighted areas for a beautiful caramel tone. Rinse.
Shampoo with Marco Color Health Shampoo, condition with Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner, and style with Marco Anti Frizz Leave In Conditioner.
[Images courtesy of Marco Pelusi]