A few years ago, salon colour menus were stuck in a rut, with uninspiring colour descriptions like ‘T-bar’ and ‘half-head highlights’ that don’t speak to the consumer. These techniques were one-size-fits-all colours that didn’t take the individual client into account and which made colour a chore.
Who Said Commercial Colour Was Boring?! follow me over two articles where I discuss why its not.
I recently read this line in an article: ‘When will you decide to take action on all that education you’re consuming? Because the truth is, until you do, please do not expect any changes to occur.”
Many consumers can be confused by ombre and balayage, mainly because the lines are blurred and not all colourists know the difference . The number one rule for colorists should be “know your techniques” as there are so many and the consumer is know super informed on trends, so a basic understand of whats going on is so important and is what I would call the “pro difference”
Last year 442 trend where identified on social media , so putting your tools down at 6pm isn’t going to work, we all need to be doing our research after the day is done.
Ombre is a colour technique it means to shadow and goes from dark to light in a very soft graduation of color, no harsh lines anywhere. This technique works best on longer hair with few layers, and I always love to put a face frame of balayage arround the face for maximum Impact and to connect the whole look. Its done with Pre lightner and can be as soft or strong as you like as long as the transition from dark to light is seamless
Trends are things that keep us interested in the world of hair, they can inspire us, define us help our businesses grow and make money with. Not so may years ago Trends would filter down from the catwalk into a magazine and eventually onto the high street ( remember that brilliant scene in the Devil wears Prada). That has all changed with social media, especially Instagram and Pintrest,and online fashion sites. I personally have done well by introducing a perceived trend Balayage to the UK market but that was an aready established techniquee in France and USA It just hadn’t caught on in the UK.
we live in a digital age and we are hairdressers who need to showcase our work, but are we showcasing it well and doing enough? All the product companies have content for us to use but that isn’t always reflective of you. ive found Instagram a great tool to showcase before and afters and the video option is brilliant, but that’s not enough for me, and so for the last 4 years i’ve taken to doing my own shoots, and have learnt many things along the way.Collections can be shared over a huge army of platforms, you can submit them to trade magazines ,use them on your website ,in your shop window, put them up on facebook,instagram,and also on the many platforms dedicated to the hairdressing industry. You can also submit them for competitions.
Collections can be expensive, but there are ways to bring those costs down I think for my first balayage one the costs where the photographer who is brilliant and i love working with hime and the MUA who again rocked it. here are my tips on shooting on a budget
There have been may controversies over the bonding market in the UK especially over who was responsible for the final mix neither the colour houses or the bonding companies would take responsibility for the end product which left us the hairdressers responible and in a precarious position. With the help of The Hair Council and Just hair Insurance, Sophia Hilton and myself we finally managed to change that with some insurance companies,I myself have never been a fan of one size fits all and so I used them as stand alone treatments until L’oreal launched smartbond a bonding kit that had been tested on all its haircolour products finally it felt safe to use
I’ve been thrilled with the results, more shine,stronger feeling hair and clients have been loving it. Of course its brilliant in my prelightners for Balayage but also amazing in regular colour, because of the way it works their is less fade in colours which is brilliant and on those balayaged ends they feel stronger than ever. But like anything else its not a miracle if you wouldnt colour the hair inf front of you because its so damaged then dont think smartbond will make it okay, you will still need to focus on getting the hair back into good enough shape before attempting to colour and so your smartbond can be used as a stand alone treatment. You don’t need to increase the volume of developer or extend the development time, which is a huge thing for me and a win win for clients.