Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Balayaged Golden Blonde and More For Summer

As you find yourself venturing out in the coming summer months, in search of sun-kissed skin and late sunsets, may I suggest that you add a little of that summer time heat to your hair color palette. Winter and Spring are the seasons for icy blondes and crisp, cool brunettes, but as your skin bronzes and skirts shorten, consider youthful warm tones to be your best accessory. Below I've attached three photos from a shoot that I did the color for a few years back. I'll explain a little detail for each and try to remember their formulas. =)

Balyaged Golden Blonde - This model came to me in the midst of a color correction. She had about half an inch of level 7 regrowth, and the rest of her hair had been cleansed to a mellow orange. I wanted to leave some of the depth of her natural, but lighten up the mid-shaft and ends to a brighter, clean golden blonde. I balayaged almost every piece of her hair with a soft "V" shaped pattern near the scalp and fully saturated the mid-shaft and ends. I believe I toned her with an 8.23 or something in that range. The result was a shiny golden blonde that does not look over processed and still has some soft dimension.

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Balayaged Golden Blonde

Copper-Kissed Red - I love a rich, beautiful red, especially with a little copper dimension. I would rarely recommend adding blonde highlights to red hair, unless you're working with a strawberry blonde. When you're working with any shade that has a predominately RED tone, stick to coppers or copper golds to do your highlighting. For this model I believe I used a level 6 intense red-copper for her base, and added interior highlights with a level 7 intense copper-red. The dimension helps to show off the layers in her hair cut, while pumping up the shine factor with the extra warmth from the copper. If your skin gets tan during the summer I would recommend shying away from any Red-Violet dominated tones. Stick with COPPER. 

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Copper-Kissed Red

Trusty Ombre - If you have naturally dark hair and want to lighten up for summer, golden ombre is the go-to style for you. It's easy to maintain, and even easier to tone down for winter and fall. On this model I balayaged her mid-shafts and ends and toned her with an 8.30 for that extra gold intensity. Now this was a bit of an extreme ombre look. For most I would actually recommend to bring up some of the highlighted pieces around the face to eye level. And obviously the scarf tied around her neck hides some of the blending, but this had a fairly natural blend from dark to light. 

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Balayaged Golden Ombre

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blonde Adam Levine? I say no.

So in honor of what People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive just did to his hair, I give you 16 other men that are significantly less sexy as blondes. Granted, I know that I lot of these dye jobs were done for films, and I'm all in favor of experimenting for fun, but heaven forbid the American male population actually thought this was a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I love some natural looking, sun-kissed highlights on a man. I can show you a million pictures of Brad Pitt with blonde highlights that are definitely worth drooling over. But bleached blondes and brassy blondes are just not sexy on most men. And boys, if you do get the idea to go a bit lighter for the summer, please let a professional do it. I can't tell you how many guys I've met that have turned their hair all shades of orange using sun-in and other at home products.

Now keep in mind that all of the men below were either on People's Sexiest Man list or that of another magazine. All these comments are in good fun, so don't get mad at me if you're president of one of their fan clubs. They are all still sexy, but...

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Adam Levine. At least his color looks even. Sideburns are sometimes more difficult to lift because the hair is more corse.  A little red lipstick and quick shave and we're looking at Miley Cyrus. 

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Benedict Cumberbatch. I feel like this one is pretty obvious. It's amazing how bad hair can transform this normally shaggy and adorable Brit.  

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Brad Pitt. Like I said, there are plenty of times when Brad has looked great with blonde hair, but this all-over bleached style makes him look like a Ken doll. 

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Channing Tatum. This blonde is almost green...

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Ethan Hawke. While blond is usually softening on women, sometimes it can have the opposite effect on men. He looks a bit scary. 

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Freddie Prinze, Jr. Again, Ken doll. 

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Jackson Rathbone. Now Jackson Rathbone is adorable and his blonde isn't all that bad, but it does wash him out and looks a little over-processed. 

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James Franco. I can't even stretch and call this strawberry - it's orange. =(

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Jared Leto. He's been a pretty blonde; this is perhaps not his best. It's a unique look for sure, but the eyebrows definitely take it to another level. Kind of a runway look. 

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Javier Bardem. Normally totally sexy with a swoon-inducing accent and mischevious eyes; the blonde hair transformed him into a very memorable Bond villain. 

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Johnny Depp. Here is another incredibly sexy actor who has had some subtle blond highlights in the past that totally worked on him. But this color is all kinds of wrong. The tone makes his eyebrows look grey and his skin look jaundice. 

justin timberlake blonde hair, blond hair
Justin Timberlake. Oh teenage Justin Timberlake how I loved thee. We all make color mistakes - I'm sure we won't see him going back to this look. With the jacket he is pretty much entirely one color from head to hips. 

michael fassbender blonde hair, blond hair
Michael Fassbender. Meh. Not terrible, but a bit Baywatch none-the-less. 

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Peter Facinelli. Here's another poor actor tragically washed out by a Twilight movie. Facinelli along with Rathbone, Nikki Reed, and Kellan Lutz, were all given less than spectacular blonde looks for their roles in the Cullen Family.

robert downey jr blonde hair, blond hair
Robert Downey, Jr. I don't know what this was for, but the look is very high-maintenance. Ladies generally aren't looking for a man who spends more time on his hair than they do. 

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Ryan Gosling. Let's call this "disheveled Ken doll."

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Ryan Reynolds. Sexy guy, but let your wife be the blonde in the family. Any shorter with the cut and he could enter an Eminem look-a-like contest.