Hair colour trend overload

Trends are things that keep us interested in the world of hair, they can inspire us, define us, help our businesses grow and enable us to make money. Not so many years ago trends would filter down from the catwalk into a magazine and eventually onto the high street (remember that brilliant scene in the Devil wears Prada?). 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

March Madness with Balayage

The whole start of 2015 has been so busy and Balayage Education has me going all over the country. I managed to stop over Easter but only just.
The begining of March saw me at Pro Hair live in Manchester where I not only launched my new balayage by Jack Howard pre bonded and micro ring Balayage kits for Beauty works online, but also saw me hosting the creative zone for the full two days which was great fun and interesting to be on the other side of the stage instead of on it. The Monday saw me launch my new social media seminar on the businesss zone, the concept is very much a personal story for me of how i’ve used social media to my advantage, lots of great questions and engagement so much so I will be doing the same seminar in London in April. read more

HAAB needs you

Just before Christmas I was humbled to be offered a position on the Fundraising committee for HAAB and give back to a community who has been so supportive of me over my long career, It’s not all about Balayage . So  whats that you might say well it’s the “hair and beauty benevolent fund” set up to specifically help Individuals and their families in our Industry . since 1853 read more

State Registered

Monday 16th October saw the first think tank committee meeting for State registered Hairdressers
The aim of it was to develop ideas around raising the profile of the council, and engage with hairdressers to get them involved in registering. read more

Captain Jack

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. read more