Last Monday October 23rd I was in Manchester doing a balayage masterclass for Toni and Guy at the Loreal Academy. What made it so special for me was the fact that Jo O’Neill and Jane Stacey wanted to come along. Already doing some freehand work within the company they were interested in my proven method of Balayage application and its clear and precise approach. As we all know there are many was to balayage some better than others, but it often lacks precision and for a large company such as Toni and Guy to add it to their colour menu and launch it through all their salon groups consistant solid training and results are needed. The group was a good size and all different age ranges but the passion for colour was clear, along with some very solid foundations in application and execution. Who said Balayage was a trend?, I think after the last few years of me shouting out loud about the balayage revolution its now a must have piece in a colourists repitoire.
Summer is drawing to an end, but the Balayage revolution never stops. What a summer it has been.
the September issue of Proffesional Hairdresser is out with a beautiful two page spread featuring my work and thoughts on Balayage, for the salon succesful colourist it makes a great read. The funniest part is the opening line “the good ship Balayage with captain Jack Howard “- love it. The article is below for you to see if you don’t get the magazine.
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.
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
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.
As I sit here looking back on the last six months, I really have to pinch myself as I reflect on what has happened so far, its been such a wonderful time for me.
The year started with the launch of my Balayage class for Loreal UK & Ireland which has consistantly sold well averaging 15 -20 people a seesion. The class gets great feedback and we have had some very talented people attend, all looking to help launch the Balayage revolution here in the UK & Ireland. It also saw me going to Dublin for the 2 of 3 visits so far for Loreal Ireland and the amazing Dylan Bradshaw salon. Quite wondeful because i’m half Irish so it was like going home, everybody so friendly and helpful, just a Joy.