Thursday, March 28, 2013

Before and After Balayage Highlights from Charlotte, NC

Here are some before and after pictures of one of my clients who had completely virgin hair. She wanted a sun-kissed look. Something reminiscent of being a kid and spending the whole summer with your hair lightened by the sun. And since most of us don't have the luxury to spend that much time outside playing, we have found ways to create this look in the salon.

For her hair I balayaged highlights with lightener 20 volume in the back and 30 volume around the face. We let it process for about 30 minutes, and we were good to go. When you balayage on virgin hair you can often achieve the desired shade without toning. Because the lightener is exposed to the air, it will lift to about the same tonal value as it would in the sun - as long as it's not left on too long. The result  is natural looking, sun-kissed highlights.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Balayage Blonde Bob from Charlotte NC

Just wanted to post some pictures of one of my clients from yesterday and her awesome blond hair. She already had the rockin' haircut and some soft blonde highlights that we had been softly painting in, but yesterday we decided to turn up the volume a bit. She said she wanted to look like she just got back from Bermuda, so we definitely needed MORE BLONDE! I still went in and painted the highlights, but I started in the front and painted pretty heavily, especially through the fringe. Then I moved to the back and still painted some pretty thick pieces, but left a little bit more depth underneath. In 20 minutes her color was good-to-go. No toner or gloss, just condition and blow out. See how well the color shows off the cut? I took these pictures with my phone so the lighting is not ideal, but you get the idea.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Ombre and Balayage Trends? We've Got Them in Charlotte, NC!

So the styles from L'Oreal Professionnel's brand new spring/summer look book have already been seen popping up around the salon in the last month or two. People who were rocking some serious ombre, or some people who hadn't taken the plunge into the more drastic style, have settled on something soft and organic looking for the coming season: Natural Ombre!

By subtly balayaging in some highlights that begin in the mid-shaft and get bolder towards the ends, we can achieve this beautiful and yet natural look.  This look invokes that youthful, playful touch that suggests you may have wintered in Bali basking in the sun all day instead what turned out to be a pretty grey winter here in the south east.

So what do you say? This look is a piece of cake to grow out, requires little maintenance, it's fun and beautiful, and as you can see from the pictures, works on many different lengths and natural colors. I especially love the short look at the bottom because it is such a fun way to play with your color if you're trying to grow your hair out.  Come give it a shot!

Friday, March 1, 2013

From Charlotte, NC - My thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence's New Hair: From Balayage Blonde to Dark-Brown!

Just days after we saw a beautiful, blonde Jennifer Lawrence stumble up the steps to receive her best actress Oscar, we see her stepping out with dark chocolate locks. I know she's doing it for a movie roll, but that's a pretty drastic change. It's fun to change your hair, and sometimes things in life happen that just beg for a crazy physical change. She is a beautiful girl and is still a stunner no matter what her hair color.

That being said - most of us don't get paid millions to make drastic changes to our hair color. It is not easy or cost effective to go back and forth from blonde to brunette (not to mention the damage to your hair). So before you take the plunge, consider some baby steps or even trying on some wigs to see if you can adjust to looking in the mirror and seeing a different person. Just some food for thought. =)