As I look back over the year it’s scattered with highlights (no pun intended!) It started with a bang with the launch of Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds, and what a brilliant collaboration it’s been. Working alongside such a caring talented man with a brilliant team where everyone has made me feel so welcome has just been fantastic.
The recent rise of the Dandy in fashion can only be a good thing for hairdressers and barbers because with that comes a huge opportunity to up-sell product and colour.
Red is the current IT girl micro colour trend or so it seems, we can’t open a magazine without reading about it and even the Daily Mail did an article on it earlier in the year (more about that later).
My lovely client Clara Paget has gone back red, who is filming the hit USA show Black Sails which you can now see on Amazon here in the UK. Ronze ‘a red bronze’ is trending in the USA a getting a slight look in here in the UK
One of the most asked questions i get when teaching my Balayage classes is “what about curly hair?” well as I’ve said before balayage is a highlighting technique and in its purest form its from root to tip. With curly hair its brilliant because you are working with the natural curl and so placement is visually easier i tend to pull the hair out a little with my fingers and a hairdryer just to soften out the curl before i start, That got me to thinking that i hadn’t really talked about afro hair and balayage i’d just taken it for granted that we all saw hair as hair. With afro hair its exactly the same rules you always take into account
if there has been another chemical service done
if the hair is thick or fine
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.
It seems like there is some confusion out in the world about Balayage, Classic Balayage is a highlighting technique designed to create a very soft natural look. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour similar to what nature gives us as children with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. When I say highlighting I mean root to tip. Pre lightner placed softer at the root painted on the surface of the hair with the last inch or two saturated with product. We have also seen the raise of freehand colour in general and I like to call this creative balayage and this doesn’t go to the root at all. I usually use a combination of both with my clients but for brunettes not to many hitting the root, I just don’t like the look.