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
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. https://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.
Best Balayage Hair Color
Consider these things to get the best balayage hair color:
Make sure that the stylist you see has had advanced training. Specifically in Facebook page and check out their work and make sure that their work is on point: https://www.facebook.com/Studio-229-Hair-Design-and-Spa-264918051418/?ref=bookmarks There is one link for you to check out that has some pretty cool balayage photos.
Where did the stylist get the training? Normally, stylist with advanced skills get their training from going to classes. Not just watching internet videos. Don’t be afraid to look at salon websites and look for training list under stylists bios. It is also okay to call salons and ask. Balayages often not only take training but also practice. Therefore, ask how long stylists have been doing balayages. I would recommend that a stylist be doing them for at least three years if you would like a truly great balayage hair color.
Pick a salon that is centrally located. One that knows how to treat you well. Getting the best balayage hair color is also about catering to your individual needs, your lifestyle and your comfort while you’re at the salon.
Also, the color itself must match your eyes, skin tone and level of maintenance. The consultation is important, should be free and you should always be comfortable both physically and emotionally.
It is also a great idea to have pictures of the desired look you want to achieve. A seasoned stylist can help guide you into a fashionable look based on your unique style.
Here are some examples of recent works where the client had something in mind and we “tweaked” the results a tad.
If you are looking for a good place to get the best balayage hair color Studio 229 hair design has all of the things mentioned in this article. Here is a link to the online booking https://www.studio229.net/request/
If it is convenient for you we would be happy to give you a free consultation and discuss giving you the best balayage possible for you.
Summer Blonde Hair
Who doesn’t want Summer blonde hair. Going a little lighter for summer is always a good idea. The question is how much lighter? This would depend on how fare or ash your skin tone is. Also, take into consideration your natural hair color. One would also want to think about the look you are trying to achieve. For example, are you trying to achieve a natural sun in look or are you going for a more bleached out, hair color statement. One should also consider the upkeep. An all over bleach could easily break the bank, as touch-ups should be done every 5 weeks. Balayages, on the other hand, can sometimes go 3+ months between touch-ups.
Before your Appointment
It is important to have a good idea of what you want. Go to Google and type in words like “blonde highlights” or “blonde balayage” or “summer blonde.”This way when you come into the salon you have saved pictures of hair colors that you like. A stylist may have an idea of what looks good on you. But it is what he or she likes. This way, a stylist can guide you based off of the above considerations. Please pick a salon that specializes in hair color. In the end it will be worth it.
During your Appointment
Plan on spending at least 2+ hours at the salon. It is also best to get your ends trimmed after you get your hair colored. Always visit salons that use Olaplex when lightening. Even though this product is a little expensive it keeps your hair healthy! Once you have found a stylist that does a great job on your hair, stick with that person. There are several reasons why. But that is for another blog post. A good stylist will consult with you about your hair lightening and explain why you should do what they want you to do. It may be a process that takes several appointments. Or it may be achieved in that appointment.
Summer Blondes from Studio 229
After your appointment
It is important to use color safe shampoo and conditioner on your new summer blonde hair. Also, don’t forget your Olaplex #3. The most important thing is to enjoy your lightened, beautiful blonde hair!
If you are looking to lighten your hair for summer, check out Studio 229. Here is a link to our top colorist https://www.studio229.net/deanna/ You can also read about our hair color services here https://www.studio229.net/seattle-hair-color/
We also have online booking! https://www.studio229.net/request/
With the influx of hair color techniques such as ombre and balayage it is rare that the stylists here at Studio 229 do a regular all over hair color or partial foil. Instead, more commonly stylists cocktail color techniques in order to get hair that is suited to clients lifestyle, skin tone and face framing.
What is so great about this for you is what typically would consume a half day in the hair salon to perform multiple services to achieve these effects and a good portion of your expendable income has now been reduced to a couple of hours and one price tag. Industry innovation in the hair industry goes farther then technique, with additives such as Olaplex the condition of your hair is also left feeling soft, manageable and amazing.
Examples of this can be seen with this soft red with warm tones of blonde and natural brown undertones that show how an all over color was applied to the root area of the hair and then a lightener was painted on to add extra highlights and soften the hair to go with her milky skin tone.
Another example of cocktailing is shown in this picture where an all over color is done and then the hair is painted on the ends and around the face to create lighter ends and darker roots:
This natural look is reminiscent of living in a sunny climate because the hair would naturally fade to lighter on the ends. Most people also tend to be a little lighter around their face. The other advantage to this type of hair coloring is the grow out of the highlight is less obvious and can be done less frequent.
One does not have to be of a certain age group to pull off this type of hair color nor is this any longer considered a trend. A couple of years ago when coloring just the ends of your hair was trending (ombre) in the hair industry it was definitely a trend. Since, hair color has become much more refined and these techniques have graduated into hair color styles that fit every dimension, in every blend, to fit every life style.
If you are tired of the same old hair color and would like to explore something exciting yet refined we would love to consult with you about your hair color. Consultations are always free and we would enjoy a chat about what is best suited for your hair color.