My Favorite Hair Product

lisas-fav-productPeople often ask me what my favorite hair product is and by far it’s: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream.

Their description: A luxe reinvention of leave-in conditioner, this supreme cream satisfies the thirstiest hair, calming frizz, elevating shine and restoring hair to supernatural softness. Especially loved by medium-to-thick and extra-long hair.

My description: AHHHH-MAZING!

Check it out: Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream

Fearless Beauty

This Winter, The SideDoor Salon hosted an amazing night of fun, philanthropy and beauty with #fearlessbeauty!

The mission of Fearless Beauty is to empower women and girls by providing education, mentorship, and support in the beauty industry. Through education and guidance, women will create a sustainable income for themselves with beauty as a tool to empower and heal. This is a global effort, from India to NYC and beyond!

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Check out this great non-profit: Fearless Beauty

From Updos To Balayage: The Hottest Celebrity Hairstyles For 2015

Published by Lareese Craig in Sofeminine

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When it comes to new hair inspiration there’s no better place to start than the red carpet. The celebrity pack are always rocking, setting and changing the hairstyles trends that we’ll soon all want to copy. So to help you pick an A-list approved new ‘do we’ve rounded up the hottest hairstyles and haircuts, updos and blow outs to give you all the hair’spo you need for 2015. READ MORE

Spring/Summer Sun Kissed Hair Color

Well it’s that season again… flowers blooming, sunshine, and clients wanting to lighten up their hair and feel brightened up around their face. Well, I am a client as well as a stylist.

Here is me getting my hair “sun kissed” ready for spring… We used Blondor Freelights by Wella Professionals for natural, sun-kissed highlights including Ombre and Balayage hair. No foils, bleeding or swelling, no saran wrap or cotton needed!

This new product is another addition to my palette for getting my clients the perfect sun kissed look this Spring/Summer.

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Why of COURSE tortoiseshells are the new celeb hair colour inspiration

Featured in Cosmopolitan by Cassie Powney

It’s the latest hair trend to hit the states, but do you have the guts to ask for it?

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Ombré and Balayage were the colour techniques to ask for in 2014, but it looks like they’ve evolved into something a little more… animal themed!

According to international hair colourist at Paul Edmonds London, Jack Howard, it’s all about the Ecaille (the French word for tortoiseshell). Inspired by the rich multi-tonal colours of a tortoiseshell, it’s considered the moody sister to Ombré and Bronde.

“Golden lights are mixed with darker, richer caramel tones whilst incorporating shades of honey, amber, golden blonde and dark brown paired with gloss,” Jack told us. “Not as dramatic as Ombré but less subtle than Bronde, the best results come from working with shades that complement the skin tone – just a few shades lighter and darker than the base to avoid a colour change that’s too dramatic.”

Jack is the go-to colourist for the likes of Poppy Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, so when it comes to A-List hair trends, he knows his stuff.

“We’re already seeing Ecaille on celebs such as Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen and Khloe Kardashian, but I just never had a name to put to it before now!”

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Bye, Ombre! THIS Is the Newest Hair Coloring Trend for 2015

Featured in Brit + Co by Cortney Clift

While ultra vibrant hair and dramatic ombre ruled 2014, we’re starting to see a shift in the follicle forecast. As we step into the new year we’re beginning to see a more natural trend attached to those tresses. The leading force toward this minimal vibe: balayage, increasingly popular highlights that aim to mimic those sunkissed highlights you got as a kid. And now, piggybacking off balayage, we’re seeing another similar, albeit darker, technique that we’re sure is about to go mane-stream over the course of 2015: introducing ecaille (AKA “tortoiseshell” in French).

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With smooth caramel tones, the ecaille technique is a slightly richer and darker version of your natural color paired with golden highlights and a whole lot of shine. The look, which is already already trending in Paris, tends to also be darker at the roots and lighter at the ends – consider it a much more sophisticated version of the ombre we know and love. Pop some balayage highlights on top of this rich shade and and a gloss to keep it rich, and you’ve got this multidimensional, bombshell look.

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To achieve ecaille-style locks when you’re next in the salon, here are a few pointers on what to say to your stylist:

1. Don’t ask for it by name — at least not yet. While a handful of stylists at high-end salons might already know exactly what this technique looks like, it’s only starting to really take off stateside. Instead, chat with your colorist about the style, and of course, bring a picture (or five).

2. Explain the key elements of ecaille to make the process even more clear. If you’re not sure how to translate the look into hair talk, tell them to darken the base color a bit, add signature dark pieces and gloss it.

3. Ask your colorist focus on a few bolder, face-framing pieces in the front, paired with softer, lighter painted pieces all around.

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4. Ask for various tones, deeper at the roots and lighter at the ends, but be clear that while you’re looking for some gradation, you’re not looking for ombre.

5. Be sure that the tones in your hair match up with your skintone. If you are fair or pale, asks for some golden tones to add vibrancy. If you’re closer to an olive color or have a pink complexion, ask for some ash elements to give your skin a more natural, sun-kissed look.

(images via Kevin Winters/Dave M. Benett/Getty h/t InStyle)

No Stopping the Bronde this Season!

From Jack Howard

Bronde baby Bronde. It’s amazing the coverage we are getting on this hot look this season even though we’ve been doing it for ages. It’s just the IT look and another example of beautiful freehand work.

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Just remember the best Brondes always have a little Balayage around the face. It’s what connects the total look.

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Chocolate Balayage: A Delicious Twist for Brunettes

Originally published in Behind the Chair


On just about every “my favorite things in the world” list, chocolate makes the cut. It’s rich, it’s decadent, it somehow seems to soothe jangled nerves and brightens moods with ease. So if you were to offer up a chocolate balayage approach to your brunette clients—one of the season’s hottest trends—there will probably be plenty of takers! George Papanikolas, Joico Celebrity Spokesperson, along with colorist Tracey Cunningham, Redken’s Creative Consultant for Color, share some of their favorite chocolate balayage formulas and techniques.

Megan Fox’s Chocolate Caramel Ombré

“We’re seeing lots of dark, rich, deep chocolate haircolor refreshed with dimensional tones of truffle and auburn this season,” confirms George. “It’s a sexy, noticeable look, but it’s not a drastic color change.”

“When it comes to highlighting brunettes,” says George, ” a little goes a long way. Highlight strategically and tailor your color to the haircut. If the hair is heavily layered, you’ll need to apply more highlights. But with long layers like Megan’s, fewer highlighted sections will look more natural.”

Megan’s Color Formulas

Base/Regrowth: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome 1/2 N4 + 1/2 G6 + Activator
Balayage Highlights: Joico VeroLight + 40-volume developer
Gloss: Joico Vero K-PAK Chrome 1/2 A7 + 1/2 A9 + Activator

Application Steps

  1. Apply the retouch formula to regrowth. Process, shampoo and dry the hair.
  2. Create a horseshoe-shaped parting from temple to temple and clip away the top section.
  3. Just below the parting in the center back, create a 3-inch subsection. Apply the lightener in two fine streaks on each side of the subsection from roots to midlengths, leaving the center free of lightener. At the center of the subsection, begin to connect the two fine streaks with lightener, gradually filing in the section as work progresses to the ends. The lightener will sit on the section in a v-shape.
  4. Continue to work around the horseshoe parting in this manner from side to side.
  5. Cover the highlighted sections with cotton and release the top section.
  6. Continue to apply highlights to 3-inch subsections all around the hairline and add a few accent pieces off of the natural parting. The application should be fine at the roots and become gradually heavier as the application progresses down the midshafts to the ends.
  7. Lift the hair to a golden honey shade. Rinse and towel-dry.
  8. Apply the gloss formula roots to ends, process five minutes, rinse, shampoo, condition and style.

Tip: “Limit the number of balayage pieces—it only takes a few to accent the haircut,” says George. “That means there should be a few lighter tips on the layers, with a few accents on the part and around the face.”

Minka Kelly’s Chocolate Hazelnut Ombré & Jessicas Biel’s Chocolate Latte Ombré

Arguably, actress Jessica Biel put the brunette ombre look on the map, and the rich chocolate goodness has been spotted on several celebs this season. A her Meche Salon in Beverly Hills, Tracey tends to the color of many of Hollywood’s highest profile celebrities, including Biel and Kelly. Here are her strategies for the two brunette bombshells.

Minka’s Color Formulas

“Minka is a natural blonde so I have to darken her roots,” says Tracey.
Base: Redken Chromatics equal parts 5N + 6Aa + 10-volume developer
Balayage Highlights: Lightener + 40-volume developer
Gloss: Redken Shades EQ 07C +6G

Jessica’s Color Formulas

Base: Redken Shades EQ Cream 1 tube 5WN + 1/4 tube 6BC + activator
Balayage Highlights: Lightener + 40-volume developer
Gloss: Redken Shades EQ 076 + 08C +09AA

Tracey’s How-To

Sectioning
1. Create a vertical parting that extends from the top of the left ear to the high point of the head on each side.
2. Create a diagonal forward parting that extends from the high point of the head to the temple on each side.
3. Create a vertical parting from the high point of the head that extends along the center back. Create a diagonal parting that extends from two inches above the ear to the center back parting on each side.

Application

  1. Starting in front of the left ear, place a 1/4-inch diagonal back slice onto a foil. Apply the highlight formula to the midshaft and carry it out to the ends. Without adding more product, blur the highlight formula towards the regrowth area to softly blend. Apply the base formula and gently blur it into the midshafts. Cover with foil. Continue to release 1/4-inch slices and repeat the application method. Complete the section and repeat on the opposite side.
  2. From the top left section, place a 1/4-inch diagonal forward slice onto a foil. Using the same application methods, apply both formulas. Continue to drop down sections and overdirect the sections back. Repeat on the opposite side.
  3. Starting in the back left nape, place a 1/4-inch diagonal back slice on foil. Use the same application method and complete the section. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Complete the top crown sections with the same application methods and formulas, overdirecting to opposite diagonal sections. Process to desired level, shampoo, apply the gloss formula roots to ends and process for five minutes. Shampoo, condition and style.

Balayage for Men

balayage in BoulderWhile dip-dye and ombré-style colouring techniques may still be hugely popular amongst your female clients, it’s possible that the concept of balayage for men may not have crossed your mind. Until, that is, Jared Leto started out on his winning spree during this year’s award season.

The actor well and truly stole the show in 2014 – and not just for his career-defining appearance in Dallas Buyers Club. Stepping out on the red carpet at ceremonies including the Oscars and Golden Globes, as well as on the cover of Vanity Fair, it was Jared’s hair that had us all talking. How does he get those waves looking so natural? How does he it get so shiny? Does he ever have a bad-hair day?

We may never know the secrets of Jared’s hair – other than that Chase Kusero is the man behind it – but what we do know is that it has brought the concept of balayage for men firmly into the salon.

Men’s colour is potentially big business and with today’s more image-conscious men happy to embrace salon services beyond the usual short back and sides, there’s never been a better time to talk to your clients about the bringing a little colour into their lives.

Balayage expert and international colour director for Neville Salons, Jack Howard, says:

Sporting his surfer-guy ombré hair during awards season, Jared Leto showed that the whole freehand highlight movement shows no sign of slowing down. While certainly very LA, his look is also extremely on trend and what’s so great about it is that it requires very little upkeep.

Within a salon, men’s freehand services are a quick and effective option – either balayaging the ends on longer hair to give a sun-kissed look (and what guy doesn’t want to look like he’s been on vacation for a month?) or if we’re looking at quiffs and longer hair through the top, we can paint on some balayage highlights through the front giving us a much less obvious regrowth and a softer feel than with foils.

In the States, balayage has been a service for men and women for a long time. Jared has just upped the game by going a little stronger with the contrast and that’s just all down to taste levels. Men love this service because of its speed and also because they not sat there with a load of foils in, just a few hand-painted pieces.”

4 Ways to Warm Up Your Blonde Hair for Fall

I was the guest author and wrote this post for the Latest-Hairstyles. Enjoy! -Lisa

It’s FINALLY fall! I know we all love pulling out our sweaters and boots and drinking our pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks again. We change up our wardrobes to warmer clothes, but don’t forget about your blonde hair. Odds are, it needs to be warmed up too!

Our hair has been neglected during a summer full of swimming pools and ponytails, and the color has probably faded a bit due to sun exposure. So how can you freshen and warm up your blonde hair for fall? Here are a few tips…

How Low Can You Go?

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I love adding lowlights to my blonde clients to get some dimension back into their hair for the winter months. This goes especially for highlighted blondes as their hair tends to look solid on the ends like an all over color after being in the sun too much. Keep close to your natural color, just add some warm tones into the mix. I would recommend Balayage or panel lowlights to keep your color from looking streaky or chunky. I know the thought of lowlights may scare some of you blondies, but this is actually a way to still look sun kissed with just a subtle, warmer change for the cool seasons ahead.

Go For The Gloss

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For the ladies rocking an all over blonde color, try a toner or gloss. After time, hair color always fades, especially in the summer time. Talk to your stylist about using a toner or gloss with your next color appointment. This will deposit a sheer color all over your hair and add lots of shine. Ask to look at the color swatches and tones with your stylist. Depending on what color you are aiming for, there are so many pretty blonde hues that are perfect for fall. I love Dialight. Dialight is a demi-permanent color line from Loreal Professional that is low in ammonia. You will love the shine it gives dry, summer-worn hair. Adding a gold tone or wheat/beige tone can add enough color to look different with out being too drastic.

Double Up

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If you are a double processed blonde, try lowlights, a gloss, or both! Adding lowlights and a toner/gloss is a great way to still stay blonde but feel and look different for the fall and winter months. Many double processed blondes are paler in the fall because they are not in the sun as much. By adding warmth back into your hair color, it actually warms up your skin tone too! Additionally, when you are ready to be all blonde again for spring and summer, it won’t be difficult to transition back at all.

Embrace Ombre

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Ombre is still one of the hottest color trends for all hair hues. Who would have ever thought having lighter ends and darker roots would be a TREND, let alone for this long! So why not rock it out and have some fun while low maintenance color is in style? It’s that easy. Not sure where to start? I typically stain the roots of my clients with their natural color or a shade darker, then add a toner/gloss on the ends. Adding a warmer tone to your old highlights can definitely look different and keep you low maintenance through the fall and winter months.

With any of these situations, I would definitely suggest to look at pictures, find what you like and bring it to your stylist. This way both of you are on the same page when it comes to your new look. Seasons change, so why not change your hair color too? Happy coloring blondies!

Hair Extension Myths

Contact Lisa for a free Hair Extension consultation in Boulder or Denver!

I get asked questions daily by my clients about hair extensions. I want to squash all the myths!

The biggest question my clients have is, “Does it ruin my hair?” My answer is NO, as long as the client takes care of her hair, sees me regularly and uses the correct products to help the longevity of the hair extensions. My best advice is to keep the extensions brushed and sleep in low ponytail or braid at night. It’s that simple!

“Do hair extensions need to be 20 inches long?” NO. Another misconception is that all hair extensions have to be 20 inches long. I have a lot of clients who just need or want hair extensions because their hair is thinning and they need volume. Or if one particular part of the hair is thinner than the rest, we can just add a few in certain spots. I do a lot of thickening and volumizing on extensions 14 inches or shorter.

“Can I swim with my hair extensions?” YES, depending on which type of hair extension you decide to go with, there are products to help you after shampooing.

My biggest advice to my followers is ALWAYS make sure your stylist is certified in hair extensions and has experience before you invest your money with them. I also recommend to ask to see the stylist portfolio and check out reviews online.

Here is a photo of a client I recently added Ultratress Hair Extensions in her hair just for volume. She just had a baby and she missed the volume in her hair. We added a few rows for thickness. Looks just like her own hair!

Hair Extensions in Boulder & Denver

Lisa Amato – Featured, Independent Hair Artist in Boulder and Denver

Check it out! I’m the featured Hair Artist at latest-hairstyles.com!

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Lisa Amato – Independent Hair Artist in Boulder and Denver

My talent is creating hair that looks sun kissed. I specialize in natural looking hair color and Balayage. I use each of my clients as a new canvas of art. My philosophy is “Less is More!” I want to teach my clients a new way to look at their hair and how they view hair color. I love what I do and enjoy making people feel beautiful. My hair tip? Keep it simple!

This Week You Should Try… Ombre Hair

Jack Howard, who trained me in my first Balayage class, is mentioned here.
Be sure to check out my hair coloring services in Boulder and Denver. -Lisa

by: Sara McCorquodale at My Daily

It all started when I saw Lily Aldridge in the latest issue of Tatler. My first thought was, “Gosh, those Victoria Secret models can even wear baskets and look hot”. My second was, “Her hair is beyond awesome”.

Because Aldridge’s colour looks properly natural – it’s a lovely deep brown at the roots but then has lighter highlights and tips. It’s like she spent all summer hanging out on the beach with Caleb Followill (swoon) and picked up some natural bleachyness at the same time. It’s sexy, relaxed and best of all doesn’t say “I spend two hours every four weeks with my hair in foils”.

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So I take myself to ombre, balayage and general colouring expert Jack Howard at Rossano Ferretti and tell him all this. “All the girls love Lily’s hair,” he says. “It’s the way ombre hair should be. Rather than that harsh line you get with dip-dye, it’s more natural and the colour should ideally be three shades lighter than your own. It’s a mixture between brown and blond – it’s brond – and what’s really going to be on trend this summer.”

Jack applies the colour freehand and never goes anywhere near root. The point of this is to enhance what I’ve got – to add a little bit of summer to my hair. And the nice thing about Rossano Ferretti is you sit at a table in a comfy chair while your hair is coloured. You can be working while their colourists are sorting your hair out – it’s all the joy of a new look without worrying about how many emails you’ll have when the process is finished.

Anyway, in truth I do no work at all because Jack and I are having all the chat instead, but it’s nice to have the option. And within two hours my hair is being blow-dried into soft curls. It’s natural looking colour except it has a little bit more precision and zing. I love it. Instead of friends asking if I’ve had my hair coloured, they tell me I look “really well”.

“Have a fabulous time at festivals this summer,” says Jack, “and then come back in September and we’ll decide where to take it next.” I promise I will and mean it. I’m already looking forward to my next session and getting even more ombre-d.

Winter Hair Blues PART 3: Tape in Hair Extensions

Tape in Extensions last for up for 8-12 weeks, depending on the how fast the clients hair grow and how well they have been cared for at home. This is a great way for the client to create volume or length. These are attached by a strip made from an adhesive used for wigs and hair pieces. Easy to remove and damage free. Looks very natural and you can move your hair without the tape being noticed.

BEFORE Hair Extensions
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DURING Hair Extensions
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AFTER Hair Extensions
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Be sure to check out my Hair Extension Services in Denver.