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.
As much as I like a balayage look all soft and natural, there is no denying that I love a cool white all over blonde, I don’t know about you but I seem to be doing a lot of them at the moment, and loving every one of them. The trick of course is getting the hair pre lightend up to a very very pale yellow and even, before then glazing . I love platinium for Balayage but prefer the new studio blonde powder lightner for an all over blonde . For me I use either 20 or 30 volume developer depending on the base colour and try to encourage clients to come back at monthly interval because as we all know as soon as you go over that half inch regrowth then its time for a long regrowth application which is time consuming and annoying.
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.
I can’t believe that we are already in Febuary and i’ve not even done a post this year yet. Catching up with all the great press i’ve had recently I thought a blog update would be a good way to get started. But first the really exciting news NEXT Model Management has partnered with and me to provide specialist hair treatments to its models and talent. “We are so excited to work with Jack Howard and the team at Neville’s – his coloring experience is exactly what we are looking for to keep the models hair in top condition” says Amanda Bretherton, President of Next London. Next represents top models such as Abbey Lee, Anja Rubik, Andrés Velencoso, Arizona Muse, Malgosia Bela, David Agbodji, Jon Kortajarena, Meghan Collison, Suvi Koponen and Zuzanna Bijoch as well as special talent including Alexa Chung, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Pharrell among others. I have had so much fun and seen a few of the models on the runway of NYFW already
Most of my Brunette clients like being brown, they hate orange and red tones and just want to look natural. Never have I heard a client say can you put some orange highlights in my hair Jack!. Yet all around me I can see that orange brown glow of badly coloured hair, in all fairness its hard to keep the brassy tones away in the sunshine and colour does oxidize but even so its our job as colourists to work hard at keeping the brass away.
We all had a great day sharing the love of balayage last week, the class sold really well and was full of 20 people with a thirst for learning something new that they could take back to the salon. I am still on a high from it.