Balayage and smartbond

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. read more

Brazilian hair and balayage

This summer, all eyes will be firmly on Rio for the Olympic games, but it’s the beautiful Brazilian girls’ hair colour that’s caught my gaze. I’ve just returned from my client Ana Beatriz Barros beautiful wedding and while I was there I was struck by how so many of the Brazilian supermodels have beautiful, healthy, done-but-not-done colour. This super natural, barely there colour is the new suit all shade – just as make-up has moved past contouring to non-touring, and Kate Moss is creating her favourite nude lip colours for Rimmel, barely there hair is the new colour to covet. Balayage is the perfect way to lighten up for a super natural summer look while keeping the hair lovely and healthy – a key element in the Brazilian girl look. Healthy colour is so important – there’s nothing sexier than a shiny, natural shade, and Ana’s Balayage gives sun kissed ends with some brighter shades around the face, which work really well for the camera as well as in real life.” ‘Healthy’ really sums up the Brazilian poster girl – healthy, strong body, beautiful healthy luxurious hair. If you’re not quite there on the hair strength then I can’t recommend Viviscal Professional enough, it’s a simple food supplement to feed your hair and I’m seeing amazing results in my clients who have been using it for at least 3 months. read more

colour correction and Balayage

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. read more

Born to be Blonde

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. read more