How many of you LOVE LOVE LOVE Pinterest? I know I do! Having images of EVERY hairstyle you can imagine right at your fingertips definitely makes a hairstylist's job much more simple! When my guest tells me she is ready for a change I'll be the first to say, "let's look at some pictures," then pull up my Pinterest account.
But even the best tools have a downside. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can post to the Internet which means that not all of the information is 100% accurate.
So many of my guests come to me with the same questions. What is Balayage? Is it better than foiling? They ask these questions with uncertainty because the Internet has been unclear with these terms and what they mean. Today, I would like to take a minute to clarify this for you all...
Let's talk about Balayage!
Balayage is a French word that means "sweeping". Essentially what we do with balayage is free hand painting on the hair. We lightly sweep color onto the surface of carefully chosen sections. A master colorist is able to look at a haircut and see exactly where the color needs to live, and then color only that hair. Balayage, when done correctly, creates a very soft transition from natural to colored hair. Typically, the Balayage technique leaves depth at the base and has tons of dimension.
One misconception about Balayage is that it is synonymous with the term Ombre. This is not the case. The Balayage technique is often used to create an Ombre, however, the Ombre is more descriptive of the finished style while Balayage describes how the Ombre was created. Balayage technique can be used for overall lightening of the hair similar to how we use foils for highlighting as well.
So what is the difference between Balayage and foil highlighting? Good question!
While both techniques can be used to create dimension in the hair, there are many major differences between the two. For starters, with Balayage the color lives only on the surface of the hair, creating the illusion of depth without a starting or ending point. Foil highlights, on the other hand, live throughout the hair using multiple colors (high, low and mid-lights) to create dimension. When we put the the hair in foils, all of the color starts at the same point, right at the base, for a visible starting point.
So which technique is best for you? If you like a softer look with more depth you may consider Balayage, but If you want to be blonde throughout with maybe just a little dimension... foils are the way to go!
So now that we're all up to speed on the difference between foils and balayage, check back next week to learn about ColorMelt v.s. Ombre... It's going to be a good one!
Thanks for checking in, comments and questions are welcome!
Color trends are taking an interesting turn this spring. We're seeing more side-by-side contrasting tones and traditional highlights giving way to the much softer, more natural Balayage.
Sun tanned blonde
This newer, more trendy take on caramel highlights is taking the stage this spring/summer season. The rich, bronze tones complement sun kissed skin like a match made in heaven. And notice how the depth at the base fades naturally to blonde leaving you wondering where her natural color ends and the highlights begin. It is soft, rich and naturally sun kissed, just what every girl is looking for this season!
Ice and Honey
Contradicting tones are highlighting our best features this spring. Here we have an icy blonde melting into golden honey. The cooler tones at the base make her blue eyes pop while honey complements the warm pink tones of her skin. This trend is bringing us the best of both worlds in color... Ice and honey!
*Make note of the deeper color right at the base, this low maintenance look is everywhere this spring!
Bright blond? This season, who needs it!?! This spring we're seeing more depth in color trends. Let go of your traditional notions of highlight & lowlight. This technique brings a very subtle, almost unnoticeable color combination that simply looks bright. Strategically placed balayage highlights create a reflective illusion leaving you wondering if and where the highlights begin.
*notice again the deeper color at her base
Here we see a similar combo of contradictory tones but in a deeper, red hue. Beginning with a violet red base melting into a rich copper. Can't decide if you prefer a cool red or a warm copper. why not have both?!
You've all heard the terms "balayage", "ombre", "color melt", and "highlights", but what do they really mean and which one is right for you? Next week i'll be sifting through the muddle and explaining the difference so be sure to check in and learn a little something!
Can you believe it's already March! I don't know about you but I'm more than ready to pull out my sundresses and flip flops!
It's that time of year again to start thinking about what's next in fashion. Last month we saw all sorts of things come down the runway at New York Fashion Week from sharp edges to flamenco inspired ruffles. Today I want to talk to you about the HAIR... Who would guess?
Barely Touched Hair
Here in the South especially we can appreciate this first trend from the runway. This spring we're giving up the fight with humidity and natural curl, we're embracing the wave! So, grab some of Eufora's Sea Spritz to enhance that natural texture and walk out the door! You gotta' love wash n' wear hair!
In seasons past we have seen boho inspired loose braids EVERYWHERE! Don't worry, our beloved boho style isn't going anywhere but this season we're going to be seeing more sleek, tight plaits. And I'm not just talking about your average braid! We'll see French braided pig tails, two strand twists along with fishtail braids and of course your classic braided pony.
Say good bye to your shoulder length lob! This spring it's all about length! We're seeing a lot of 70's inspired middle parts and long, long hair come down the runway. Personally I LOVE it!
Dress it up or Dress it down, either way you wear it hair jewelry is super fab this season! From jeweled bobbies to flowered crowns and Roman inspired clips we will have a blast accessorizing our hair this spring!
Who dosn't love a good bun! What is there not to love? Sock bun, sumo bun, or braided bun; whichever you choose just remember, the bigger the better! With that being said just add a bit of Eufora's Full Effect to get some serious volume in that fabulous bun you're rocking!
Just Kidding!...But seriously
even this guy loves a good bun
So that is the skinny on this years Spring styling trends! Check back next week to see what's new this season in the world of hair color!
- Yours truly-
The name of the salon says it all! Loli, Hawaiian for "transform," is what we do at Loli Hair Studio. Driven by education and passionate about growth, our stylists are always building and transforming their skills. They strive to be the best that they can be in order to bring the most current trends to you, the guest. Our stylists are experts in all things beauty, from hair (of course) to fashion, make-up and more.
In this blog, I will be bringing to you some of the sources of our stylists' education with articles, videos, and step by step styling tips. I'll even be sharing some original videos made right here in the salon by the stylists you know and love! So be sure to check in every Tuesday and see what the stylists at Loli Hair Studio have been up to!
This week I'll be brining you the latest spring trends straight from the runway at Spring/Summer 2016 New York Fashion Week! Get ready for bangs, braids and natural texture!