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.
This year has seen a surge in colourists seeking out training for Balayage, i’ve literally been all over the place and have been running many classes out of the salon Neville which has been amazing. My classes, and yes we have new balayage dates coming for 2015 are all about the technical application, it ‘s not enough for me to say thats okay, I like to think that its a full on day where the end goal is to dispell all the fears and myths about freehand work and really get to practice the skill of being able to paint the hair from root to tip so that after we have filled a doll head with balayage pieces you can then go back into the salon and start applying what you have learned.
Language and the way we talk to our clients is so important, so when the folks at Glamour asked me to decode some of the techniques I was only too happy to help.
In a recent article on-line for Professional Hairdresser I was quoted as saying foils where going to go the way of the cap, and I believe that to be true, we only have to look at the A-list celebrity to see this, look at Michelle Williams in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign, you can’t get that with foils. It’s not that I hate foils thirty years ago when I was training I found them amazing,interesting and creative compared to the cap, but for years now many hairdressers have been doing the same pattern on all clients, it’s quickish, lucrative, you don’t have to really think to hard but often a commercial colourist can feel like a machine. Many times walking in to a salon it’s a sea of clients wrapped in perfectly placed foils, the results are rather boring unimaginative and it doesn’t feel artistic to me. for many colourists my age, thats what we know and its hard to start learning something new again (if its not broken don’t mess with it) and for many younger colourists that’s what their mums and aunties had, there is a whole new world out there and its called Balayage
This June is the busiest I have ever had, and it all started on June 3rd with an amazing shoot for my new Balayage collection, It’s not out yet but here is a preview
The most perfect haircolour to me is when you can never tell that its coloured, that’s what makes the task at hand so difficult and so rewarding at the same time for a colourist, subtlety, softness and a natural feel to the colour always looks beautiful and can be glamourous or have a slightly lived in feel.