Highlights on Your Hair
Highlights on your hair are a great way to add some dimension. Even if you have a balayage right now, highlights create a little blending between your balayage and the root area. I love to put a couple of babylights around the face to refresh a balayage and then paint some lightener on the ends. This is a really quick way to refresh things and brighten a hair color that has gotten dull with time. Add a nice toner over the top and wala — perfection.
She still has her beautiful balayage but now she also has dimensional hair color all the way to the top. Her hair will grow out well and she can come in in 2-3 months if she would like and get her roots touched up with a partial highlight or she can bump her base a little and go for more of a balayage look. Either way the maintenance is minimal for someone who wears their hair this blonde.
Granted her natural color is pretty light. Consider staying a more caramel color if you are looking for low maintenance and you have dark hair. You can still get the same great look. It will probably look better on your skin tone too as people with dark hair tend to have a darker skin tone that looks better with keeping the hair a little bit warmer. Although I have seen all sorts of colors on all skin tones and am surprised at what people pull off. It’s all about your personal style.
For example this pretty lady had black hair color on her hair. She wanted to go ash blonde. After her second appointment we finally got her to an ash blonde and got most of the orange out of her ends. We did a balayage on her but put it in foils to keep the heat in and bring up the color. Of course we used the bond multiplyer, #Olaplex to keep her hair healthy. Although she is part Jamaican, so she has darker skin, this blonde hair looks very good on her.
I highly recommend it.
Olaplex Shampoo and Conditioner is Here!
Olaplex Shampoo and conditioner has arrived at Studio 229. We love this patented product and the results that it has on the hair. It keeps all hair healthy, shiny and looking fabulous! The shampoo smells a bit like grapefruit, yet not overpowering. The conditioner, is more subtle in the aroma but it is super thick. I already love the luxurious feel of what is shaping up to be the best shampoo and conditioner on the market.
If you are curious about this amazing hair product please check out their company website at Olaplex.com There you can find videos and so much more regarding the usage of Olaplex.
Here at Studio 229 we use Olaplex #1 on all of our lightening treatments because it literally eliminates 90% of the damage caused by bleach. Here is a couple of articles written a couple of years ago regarding the effects of the treatment: http://www.studio229.net/olaplex-studio-229/ http://www.studio229.net/olaplex-hair-lightening/
If you already have lightened hair keeping it healthy is very important; therefore, the company made a take home treatment for you. It is the #3. Now with the shampoo and conditioner you are all set to have a full regimen of bond multiplying strengthening hair hydration ready for you.
The bottles of shampoo and conditioner come in 8.5 ounces and retail for $28.00. Here is what they look like:
These products are hard to keep on the shelf. However, if you would like us to hold one for you for no more than 24 hours we will be happy to do so. Orders have been coming in every other day or so. Give us a call at 206-322-6325 to put yours on hold or just stop by and pick these up.
They are not available many places and we are doing our best to keep them in stock.
Hair Color Tones and Trends
Forever now the ashy tones have been in and trendy. Let’s face it though, they just don’t look good on everyone. Not to mention, the ashy tones tend to be more damaging on your hair and wash out some skin tones. Whats more is the ashy cool tones do not look as natural as warmer tones. Therefore, I’m excited to see that warmer tones are starting to make a comeback. Who can wear these warmer tones? People with ashy, cool skin – that’s who.
Tones and Trends:
You can go more of a buttery blonde, not yellow. Also, be sure to use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner to keep your toner in your hair. Tepid water also helps maintain your toner. Adding lowlights will also give you a more natural effect and give you more dimension.
Anything that has dimension with a little darker root and lighter ends is going to pop. Check out the cover of In Style where Julia Robert’s hair color rules the page:
Even though we all know that her natural hair color is dark, her hair color looks natural, not overdone and simple. She perhaps could use a trim, but her hair tone is on point, not to ashy or gold.
According to most blog sites and stars that color their hair balayage is out and foiling is in. However, in Seattle most people still enjoy getting their hair balayaged. I think this is because the hair grows out a little better, without the heavy line of demarcation. The same rules apply to the tone and dimension whether you are foiling or balayaging. Or perhaps a combination of the two. I think stylist creativity plays a great deal into the technique aspect. As long as you are getting the desired results, know what looks best on you (even if you choose something different) and are seeing a stylist who is familiar with all techniques to give your hair the best outcome then your golden.
Seattle Best Balayage
Almost everyone in Seattle would love the “Best Balayage,” but what exactly is a great balayage? That depends. It depends on what you are looking for. It may be a simple lightening of 2-3 shades and a toner over the top or it could be a process that takes a couple of visits and must be put in foils in order to get enough lift if your hair is dark or has previous hair color on it. The good news is there are some new techniques out there that help you get the best balayage in Seattle. You can also get it done in record time thanks to these techniques that help apply the lightener easier, faster and with no weird lines or uneven color.
The stylists here at Studio 229 Hair Design have been using a balayage technique developed by the Italian company Alter Ego lately with special sponges and brushes. The sponges allow application of the lightner faster and the brushes are of a high quality. Blending the lightner is much easier than the old method of Balayaging the hair. Time wise the application is cut down from about an hour to 15 minutes. There is no mess like the old techniques so lightening and toning becomes the main focus. It is about time that techniques have been perfected, as the old ways of doing balayages were too time consuming and messy.
The Italians have also come up with a superior lightening agent that lifts with less damage. It lifts faster, and is perfect for a great hair color, mainly balayages.
These things are important because as you get your hair color touched up you don’t want to keep overlapping your lightener. Overlapping lightener will eventually cause damage which can lead to breakage. Also, the lightener has lots of conditioning properties and works as fast as possible. This ensures the least damage and best possible outcome. If you have fine hair or previously colored hair consider using the bond multiplier, Olaplex which will keep your hair healthy and shiny.
We are always here to answer more questions. Feel free to call the salon at 206*322*6325. If you would like to keep reading here is another blog about balayages
Trending Now: Haircuts
The Lob is going nowhere fast. Let’s face it, it is the perfect haircut when going shorter. Plus, it is so flattering of haircut length. The haircut looks great either with beachy waves or just blow dried straight.The lob haircut is here to stay. The lob is a long version of the bob.
Another classic haircut that has been updated is the pixie. Instead of the short pixie, it is now the long pixie haircut. Leaving some length on top allows for movement. Cutting the sides of the hair short really brings out bone structure and eyes. Hey, it’s hair, it grows back!
This is another haircut that is trending but a little shorter version of a pixie.
Trending Now: Color
It is true that it seems that every celebrity was shaving the sides of their head, chopping their luscious locs and bleaching their hair. Look at Katie Perry, Kim Kardashian or Katy Rose. Even Kim’s mom Kris Jenner, is blonde. Not just any blonde is trending right now, white bleach blonde is oh so hot….
Oh and by the way, before I get to far away from what is trending now in haircuts, let me say this. Curtain bangs are all the rage! Bangs have been so, so for a long time. Not any more. Pinterest will tell you that curtain bangs popularity has exploded 600% I’m not allowed to steal photos off the internet or I would show you and I have failed to take client photos so I apologize.
Adding bangs to bobs though is another way to switch things up for the spring and summer. It is nice to see that bangs are back. I have missed them.
Although I love the whole extreme balayage thing, those days are long gone. Trending is the subtle and natural look on dark hair of caramel highlights.
An easy transformation from caramel highlights is auburn tints. Any stylists can put a glaze over the caramel highlights and “poof” without damage you will have auburn tints. This is a great way to transition in fall. It is also trending right now. It will last about 5-6 weeks and then your hair will go back to the original caramel color. Here is a client of mine that we did just that to. Look at the drastic difference. She went a dark red, although it is possible to go more of an auburn red.
Keeping your haircut and your hair color up to date keeps you looking great. You deserve that. If you need any help, we are here for you. Thanks for reading!