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.
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 https://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 https://www.studio229.net/request/ or feel free to call the salon at
Getting Perfect Hair Extensions
To get the perfect hair extensions you must figure out what type of extensions are best suited for you. There are several different types of hair extensions. For example, there are I-tips, tape-ins and ones that are actually glued to your hair (Keratin). Deciding on which kind is bested suited for you is important because the wrong type can be very damaging. Sometimes a combination is best. For example, if you have fine hair on the sides and thicker in the back it is often best to put tape in on the back and i-tips on the sides.
Matching the type of hair extensions best suited for your hair also depends on the desired length. This is because types of extensions fall differently and have different looks. For example, the i-tips are applied in a horseshoe section and are smaller in diameter. They often work better on people with finer hair or people who wear their hair up a lot.
The tape-in extensions tend to work a little better on people with thicker hair. The keratin extensions work best if your hair short. This is because it is easier to build a base. Also, if your hair is shorter and you are trying to extend the length you may need to wear it layered in order to blend your hair with the extensions in order to make it look natural.
Figuring out which technique of hair extensions is perfect for you requires a consultation. Not only can a qualified stylist can tell you what type of extensions are best suited for your texture of hair, there is also the color match to consider. I highly recommend having the same stylist color your hair and do the extensions. There are several reasons for this. But the main reason is that, your stylist knows exactly what color of extensions s/he is using and can match the color easier than someone not doing the extensions.
The former Ed Wyse (now Basset Beauty Supply) carries a really great brand of hair extensions called Babe Extensions. They are open to the public and have several locations all over the city. https://www.4bassett.com/
You can always pop by there and check out their hair. Don’t buy it though as I get a discount on it and do not charge you a markup. I will get it for you at cost.
If you are in the market for the perfect hair extensions you can read a bit more on our website. https://www.studio229.net/extensions/
Consultations are always free, we can do a color match and I will help you decide what type of extensions are best suited for your hair texture and length. I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to call the salon or book online