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Breaking the Base - Definition


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Definition: Breaking the base is a term that is used when you are blending the roots of the hair that are left after a highlight. Essentially you are 'breaking up' the darker color and softening the line of demarcation. You will most often break the base at the shampoo bowl after you have removed your foils, using a shade 1 or 2 levels lighter than your clients natural hair with a low volume developer. The idea is to achieve a slight bit of lift with out exposing the hair's underlying pigment.
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