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!
Radiant redheads exclaim, “Red hair don’t care!” There are a lot of red hair colors and it certainly doesn’t have to be Fall to think about changing one’s hair color to red. The great thing about red hair color is that there are so many different shades of red hair color that anyone, that’s right, anyone can wear red hair color! It just depends on the shade and the depth of the red hair color. Let’s dive in a little deeper to what I’m talking about.
I know that y’all get sick of me talking about skin tone. But hey, when it comes to hair color it is important. Let’s say you have an olive complexion. It is probably best to stick with a more purple or richer red. Here are a couple of photos of clients that have just that. This is my friend Rose and although she normally wears blue hair, I at one point talked her into changing it to red. It didn’t last long because she got too many cat calls. I realize that most people don’t wear this bright of hair so stay tuned for more.
Here is a before and after of a radiant redhead who has an olive complexion and been a couple of different colors and really likes red hair color. What is nice about this photo is that you can see how her hair is very dark naturally and how both her base and a couple streaks are added for dimension. She has a ton of hair.
Check out this brown red; so pretty, so radiant!
Moving along to check out radiant redheads with fair skin tones and therefore more gold in the hair color.
Notice how her skin and eyes are lighter than the previous radiant redheads. She looks great! She could even add a couple blonde highlights for a strawberry blonde effect in the summer or just leave it as is.
If you are interested in becoming a radiant redhead or just reading a little more about hair color in general here is a couple more links to hair color blogs http://www.studio229.net/best-balayage-hair-color/
Thanks for reading and if you would like to talk about it consultations are always free. You can book online, at http://www.studio229.net/request/ or feel free to call the salon at
Corrective Hair Color
Corrective Hair Color takes training and Skill. There are many types of corrective hair color. For example it is considered corrective hair color to go from black hair color to blonde hair color. Sometimes a client comes in and she has had a hair color that is a hot mess. I hope this is not you! Of course, this is also considered corrective hair color. Other times clients put box dye on their hair. This is corrective hair color because many of those chemicals contain products that make it unpredictable as to what affects the color will have when recoloring. Not to mention, there are so many harmful chemicals in box dyes (most of which are outlawed in Europe) that cause all sorts of cancers. Here is a link to an article that talks about that https://www.theepochtimes.com/avoid-these-7-toxic-chemicals-found-in-most-hair-dyes_2040018.html if you are interested.
Training and Skill when applied to Corrective Hair Color
Training and skill are two separate and distinct things. It is important that stylist keep up on the latest techniques and go to classes. Especially when it comes to corrective hair color. This means more than watching You-Tube videos. I have seen so many stylists think that they can get all there training from watching videos. This is ridiculous. Here at Studio 229 in Seattle I insist that stylists and Estheticians alike do hands on training with industry leaders. I don’t care how long one has been doing hair or how booked one is. Keeping up with the current trends and newest techniques in order to offer our clients the best the industry has to offer is a must!
Skills are acquired once training has been achieved. The more a stylist performs his or her duties the better they become. Since Studio 229 keeps stylists current on their training, stylists are able to build on their trainings and build skills on top of skills, making them a high end premier salon. Studio 229 does not talk the talk but walks the walk.
Black to Blonde is Corrective Hair Color
Taking your hair from black to blonde will require more than one visit in order to keep your hair healthy. We also would recommend using the bond multiplier Olaplex. http://www.studio229.net/olaplex-studio-229/
Unfortunately, the red color in between the blonde and black is pretty close to what you can expect, perhaps a little lighter depending on the technique used and the length of time you have been coloring your hair black.
Hot Mess Hair
Sometimes, people come in and their hair is a hot mess. I don’t want to say where or how it happened. It just did. It now needs some serious love. Usually people’s hair can be corrected in one visit, max two. It their hair is blonde it is easier than if it is darker. Don’t fret though we here at Studio 229 have fixed many hot messes in our day and I’m sure will fix many more. Here’s a photo of one that can be fixed in one day. Whether she chooses to have some low lights put in for dimension or just have the blonde evened out and toned we can fix her up and make her hair beautiful again. Of course, she needs a haircut and deep conditioning treatment (Olaplex) as well.
Box Hair Dye
Please do not use box hair dye! Many box hair dyes contain so many chemicals that there is no way for stylists to tell how the color we put on your hair is going to react. Some even contain metallic dyes that will not come out and no matter what I put on your hair it is going to turn green. With box dye, I cannot guarantee results. Please also read the article link above about the harmful effects of box dye on your health. One more thing, box dye looks fake.
Keratin Straightening Treatments
Does Frizzy Hair have you down?
There is help for you! Keratin Straightening treatments are actually better at taming frizz then straightening the hair. Although they will tame some of the curl, frizz taming is what they really give you control of. Keratin Straightening treatments are also great for cutting down on the amount of time it takes you to blow dry your hair. For example if it normally takes you 30 minutes, it will take you 20 minutes, maybe even 15 minutes for the same look.
A keratin Straightening treatment can take your hair from the look above to this:
Keratin Straightening Treatments also lock in hair color. This is because the keratin seals the hair color. Normally, it is advised that you do keratin treatments before you do hair color to get this added benefit. If you have just had your keratin treatment done and are thinking about color don’t be alarmed. Hair color will not hurt your Keratin Straightening Treatment.
This particular product does not contain any formaldehyde and is non damaging. There are products on the market that are damaging and do contain formaldehyde but I will not use these products for obvious reasons. It takes about 2 and a half hours to perform the service. The effects will last from 3-4 months. The cost is $300 at Studio 229 in Seattle on Capitol Hill. On occasion Studio 229 will run a special on this service for 10% off. It is worth noting that the more times that you get this service done the better it works.
If you would like to get this service done I would suggest booking an appointment with Deanna. She has tons of experience doing keratin treatments. Here is a link to the studio 229 booking page http://www.studio229.net/request/