The difference between ombre and balayage

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 read more

Balayage Classes across London and the UK

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. read more

What is Bronde?

There’s not a foil to be seen as the freehand Balayage movement  continues to be the technique of choice, Bronde  is all the rage in LA and NYC worn by the likes of Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and  Olivia Palermo to name a few  and it’s now the number one colour service at Neville. Known as the perfect combination of brown and blonde tones, ‘Bronde’ is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter colour, and can be warm, neutral or cool. The choice is really between you and your colourist. read more

Balayage has moved homes

It’s been a mad few weeks, with very little time for me to sit down and write. As some of you will know I have now been appointed the International Colour Director for Neville hair and beauty, 5 Pont Street London, The Bugari Hotel London, and St Barts. The whole move has been amazing and I was thrilled with the great press it received, so thanks to Creative head , Hairdressers Journal and Respect for their support. read more

The week in Balayage

The best news this week, was the fact I’ve been invited to work the stage for Hairdressers Journal with some Balayage, the panick has already set in trying to find the five models I will need, I have a month and a half to sort it. Later this month I’m going to get my assessor qualification and that all starts August 20th, I feel it’s something good to have and it will enable me to grade students at collages and within the salon for their NVQ’S all good #neverstoplearning, but it will be fun going back to school, i’m trying to condense it and fast track it, not sure if I will but i’m going to give it my best. read more

PAINT IT DOWN

The Balayage Revolution is spreading. Here is a great article in the colour supplement of Professional Hairdresser hope you enjoy it. read more