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.
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
I had a great time at Pro hair live Manchester and London talking the business of colour to a really engaged audience over the next 2 articles i’m going into a little more depth for you there is so much information i can’t get it all into one article but if you are hoping to grow your colour business there are some amazing facts and figures, i hope it helps you grow you colour revenue thanks to my friends at Loreal for the stats
“As we all know hair colour trends are constantly changing and moving
forward. For sometime now I’ve been noticing the evolution of Ombré and balayage and of late I’ve been as bored by Ombré as much as I’ve tired of classic foils. So I’m excited to hear from California about the latest buzzword taking the states by storm; Ecaille – a French word meaning tortoiseshell.
Where does the time go? As I sit here at my desk reflecting on all the good things that have happened with the Balayage revolution. I can’t help but smile, It has been embraced by so many salons and colourists and more and more salons are putting it on their menus. There does tend to be a slight confusion within the Industry and at a press event for Neville at the Bulgari hotel I tried to clear that up explaining Balayage is a highlighting technique Ombre is a colouring technique, Balayage highlights can go very close to the root they do not have to stop midway up the hairshaft. The other thing being we live in a visual world and the client is also leading the revolution bringing in photos of celebs with Balayage and Ombre it has to be a key service.
The new issue of Tatler and its Hairguide 2014 is out and the whole of the Neville team are mentioned throughout, from glossy blow drys to perfect cuts, Hair wefts to Balayage brushes. What an amazing team I work with. I was thrilled to be mentioned in three sections, The society hairdresser , Guns Blazing salons, and quick fast services balayage brush in hand