Nine Zero One Salon Ultimate Gray Disguise Formula

Grey disguise formula before and after

Take a client with the most amazing, thick, abundant head of long hair (who loves the au naturel look)…and try to find a strategic solution for her pesky gray strands. Color star, Lisa Satorn, of LA’s much buzzed about Nine Zero One Salon pulled it off, no prob. Here’s the download — and the formula — on her super- sultry, tropical transformation:


Grey disguise formula before

Lisa Satorn’s gorgeous client “has beautiful, thick, naturally-long hair that loves to live in a less-is-more place.” Problem is, she also has some grays sprinkled throughout and was eager to bid them a fond farewell. That’s easier said than done sometimes; in fact, Lisa very rarely does a permanent gray base “unless absolutely necessary.” Why? Because it creates an obvious grow-out situation, which this low-key client wasn’t eager to deal with every month.


Lighten and freshen the color on a very full head of hair, and camouflage those grays without creating a high-maintenance, constantly-in-the-salon look.


Coining the look “Island Vibes,” Lisa dreamt up the lush hair on a tropical island, and titled this particular color combo, “Sunshine Blonde.”


Grey disguise formula before and after

“I added lots of blonde + natural ash tones to mimic my client’s natural hair growth, which camouflages the gray for low-maintenance hair,” explains Lisa. “No harsh grow out!” The color placement was cleverly devised around gray blending.

LumiShine developer bottles, Blonde Life lightener tub, and Lumishine liquid and creme color tube and bottle
FORMULASFormula 1 (Highlights): Blonde Life Lightening Powder + 10 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 2 (Highlights): Blonde Life Lightening Powder + 20 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 3 (Lowlights): 1 oz (30ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent DD Crème 6NA + 1 oz (30ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent DD Crème 8NA + 2 oz (60ml) 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 4 (Shadow Root): 2 oz (60ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 8NA + 2 oz (60ml) 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

Formula 5 (Toner): 1 oz (30ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 9NWB + 1 oz (30ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid 9V + 1 oz (30ml) LumiShine Demi-Permanent Liquid Clear + 3 oz (90ml) 5 Volume LumiShine Developer

STEP-BY-STEPStep 1: Highlight in foil starting with 10 volume and move up to 20 volume.

Step 2: Simultaneously lowlight simultaneously with formula 3 for added depth and dimension.

Step 3: Process and lift to a pale yellow before rinsing

Step 4: Shadow root with Formula 4, leaving the hairline out. Process 5-7 mins before applying toner all over with Formula 5

Step 5: Comb through to melt the colors together

Step 6: Process 10 min. Shampoo and condition with Joico K-Pak Color Therapy.

Gray disguise formula after

Ta-da!: The end look was bright and sunny around the hairline — both for a pretty “pop” and to disguise the gray. Explains Lisa: “As her hair grows out, it becomes a cool and effortless transition into soft golden highlights with pops of lightness on the ends. I wanted it to look like she had been spending lots of time on an island!”