It seems like there is some confusion out in the world about Balayage, Classic Balayage is a highlighting technique designed to create a very soft natural look. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to what nature gives us as children with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. When I say highlighting I mean root to tip. Pre lightner placed softer at the root painted on the surface of the hair with the last inch or two saturated with product. We have also seen the raise of freehand colour in general and I like to call this creative balayage and this doesn’t go to the root at all. I usually use a combination of both with my clients but for brunettes not to many hitting the root, I just don’t like the look.
It,s always nice meeting new clients who have found you by word of mouth or on Instagram and Twitter, it shows me that social media is a powerful tool. it also lovely to start working with new models and watch them develop, and grow thats the beauty of life in the bubble . Recently I had two models pay me a visit that Ive never looked after before both brunette both lovely one with shorter hair who needed it to be a little darker the gorgeous Elenore and the other with longer hair who wanted a little Balayage the equally lovely Jessica. I’m always aware that brunettes shoot darker and Elenore wanted a more rich chocolate brown while Jessica wanted a touch of Balayage to give her a sun kissed look.
More and more directors are asking for authenticity from actresses when it comes to hair colour , and so wigs are being put to one side and the directors are asking for the hair to be coloured, great for our industry a little harsh on the actress if she’s going from one role to the next and different colours., But on screen it looks much more realistic than a wig even a good wig.I think they can always add pieces to the look but the majority is the actresses hair
last year I took Suki Waterhouse Brunette knowing full well that I would have to take her back blonde at the end of the film. Given this I wanted to make the transition as smooth as possible, and had hoped for a few weeks but literally had 2 days to turn it around. Life in the Bubble always throws you a curve
Often we see celebrities in the press during a colour transition and they look slightly imperfect but for the film or tv show its spot on, most colour changes/ corrections are better when going from dark to light gradually, i believe in leaving the hair in good condition , remember beautiful colour is really only achieved when the hair is in great condition (this is why we should always offer our professional shampoo and conditioning systems to clients) up sell!
My initial thought was to use Loreal professional Effesor which although I like you can’t do a pre lightening service on the same day so i would have needed more time for the balayage. with Effesor technically you need to do what they call a search cleanse and if thats not enough on to the deep cleanse , its all about finding out the true colour story that clients don’t always tell us and so you don’t damage the hair. You can then colour the hair but no pre lightener can be used that day so I would have needed at least 24 hours at least to rest. Alternatively I also like Goldwells colour remover system this removes the colour molecule and can be done in one or 2 applications i’ve had great success with it and its in my kit bag so to speak.
Blondes always capture my imagination and attention either i’m admiring a gorgeous blondes hair out and about or thinking WHY? you shouldn’t be that blonde . but as i’ve said so many times in the column its all about personal taste. Blondes can be tricky but worth it though, lets look at the worth it first.
The whole start of 2015 has been so busy and Balayage Education has me going all over the country. I managed to stop over Easter but only just.
The begining of March saw me at Pro Hair live in Manchester where I not only launched my new balayage by Jack Howard pre bonded and micro ring Balayage kits for Beauty works online, but also saw me hosting the creative zone for the full two days which was great fun and interesting to be on the other side of the stage instead of on it. The Monday saw me launch my new social media seminar on the businesss zone, the concept is very much a personal story for me of how i’ve used social media to my advantage, lots of great questions and engagement so much so I will be doing the same seminar in London in April.
Its amazing that after four years working in the UK Balayage is no longer a trend that could be dismissed by those that wanted to stick to traditional foils. but now is a regular service on so many salons menus. I’ve been thrilled to be part of this movement championing my technique of choice. As with so many wonderful looks and trends we don’t own them personally, its not like I invented Balayage, I just love it and found a niche in the market where something fresh and exciting was needed. I do need to stress that in the UK there still is this thought process that Balayage is just the ends of the hair – in its truest form Balayage is a highlighting techniqure from root to tip.