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.

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Be sure to check out my Hair Extension Services in Denver.

Winter Hair Blues PART 1: Give your Hair a Kick with Balayage / Ombre

Here are 3 easy ways to change your hair when you’re in that winter funk.

Balayage, which means for “to sweep” in French, is a custom technique typically done with cotton and saran wrap. The unique benefit of Balayage is that the sections are painted on visually in triangular shapes that at are thinner toward the root and wider toward the mid-shaft and ends. This creates a sun-kissed effect because highlights look like the ‘sweep’ out of nowhere.

Ombre, which means for “graduation of color” in French, is a fashion forward effect where the hair gradually fades from dark to light from roots to ends. Although this look can be very dramatic, it is considered a natural look because the new regrowth of hair tends to be darker then the ends since it has not had as much sun exposure as the older hair at the tips. This effect is often achieved by teasing the hair and then painting the hair below the tease, which makes for a blended color graduation as the un-painted hair brushed up into the tease later serves to breaks up to line of demarcation.

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Be sure to check out my Balayage Services in Denver.

Mad About Mad Men: How to Get Betty and Sally’s Iconic Hairstyles

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

Hey Mad Men fans! Looking for that icy blonde look? We’ve got just the Mad Men style for you!

Betty Draper Francis, whom we all know as January Jones, is the blonde we’re referring to. As Don Draper’s ex wife, this Grace Kelly look-a-like’s style has evolved from movie star to politician. She might have beauty, but she is known to be a “frosty” mommy. Viewers love to hate the cold, selfish Betty, but we can’t help but love her Alfred Hitchcock-influenced, icy blonde style. Here’s how to capture her elegant, timeless look.

  1. Apply a thickening lotion to damp hair. Work the product into the ends and mid shaft of your hair first. Try Kevin Murphy Full Again. This weightless lotion will make your hair feel thick while providing natural movement and body.
  2. Use a medium size round brush to create volume at the base as you blow dry.
  3. Set hair with hot rollers, spray with hairspray and let cool.
  4. After the curls have cooled, take out the rollers and brush hair with a natural bristle brush to smooth the top and sides.
  5. Betty’s hair is typically worn with a soft flip on the ends, but this look is more of a half up half down hairstyle. To pin your sides back, you can use bobby pins or a barrette.
  6. Finish and lock in the style with Kevin Murphy’s Session Spray. This strong hold spray provides a firm, weightless and lasting hold.

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Sally Draper is the oldest child of Don and Betty Francis. She struggles with her parents’ divorce and tends to act out frustration. From refusing to eat her supper to calling Dad in the middle of the night and even cutting her own hair, Sally is a child who desperately wants to be an adult. This kid is not afraid to ask for what she wants and what she thinks she deserves. Those ladies in the “tween” ages want to look like Sally Draper. Here’s how to capture her “innocent” look.

  1. Start with Taming Spray by Paul Mitchell. This made especially for kids, ouch-free spray makes hair easier to comb through and detangle and even helps it to be more manageable. Spray the taming spray on damp hair and use a wide tooth comb to come through.
  2. Set dried hair with curlers and either sleep in them overnight, or set the hair the night before. This makes for an easier and quicker start in the morning for both kids and moms!
  3. Once you remove the curlers, gently brush through hair with a natural bristle brush like a Mason Pearson Brush.
  4. Brush the sides up into a small ponytail leaving the back down and smoothed under. Cover the elastic band with a bow or ribbon.
  5. Finish and set the style with your hairspray of choice.

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Can’t get enough of these Mad Men-inspired hairstyles? Learn how to channel your inner Roger and Joan here.

Mad About Mad Men: How to Get Roger and Joan’s Signature Hairstyles

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

Hey you Mad Men followers! Want to look like a sophisticated gentlemen with a ‘silver fox’ appeal? What about a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it? Well here are the hair secrets to look like all of the aforementioned, and like you just walked off Madison Avenue. Check it out!

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Roger Sterling is THE silver fox on Mad Men. With his fitted suits and crisp collars, this partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency is notorious for being a womanizer. He is one of the most admired characters on the show, and so many want to duplicate his conservative style.

Roger’s hair is fairly low maintenance. The cut is short around the ears and tapered on the neck and sides. The top is kept significantly longer so that it can be parted and combed back. I would recommend MENSDEPT Microtech to get Roger’s signature look. It has a medium to firm hold with a natural finish while adding shine, texture and definition as well. Apply the product to damp hair, then part and comb hair back using a fine tooth comb.

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Formerly the Director of Agency Operations, Joan Harris is now a partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but we all know her as the redheaded bombshell of course! Joan isn’t above using her sexuality and bombshell looks to get what she wants. So if you’re craving the whole Marilyn Monroe look, Joan has got it! If you have short to medium length hair, this style is great for you.

What You Need:
1-inch barrel curling iron or hot rollers
Teasing comb
Bobby pins
Mason Pearson brush

How to Style:

  1. Start by using a volumizing product like Redken Thickening Lotion #6 at the roots for extra body, texture and shine. Apply it on damp hair, then blow dry using a medium round brush for volume.
  2. Use your curling iron to set barrel curls over your entire head. Pin the curls with clips and let them cool. Once curls are cooled, brush them out using the Mason Pearson brush (or boar bristle brush).
  3. Beginning at the nape of the head, back comb the hair to make a base, then gently smooth the top over.
  4. Start rolling and tucking the hair on the nape into a French twist. Secure the twist by adding bobby pins as needed.
  5. Smooth the front, leave out some fringe and then smooth the sides back.
  6. Set the style with hairspray like Quick Dry #18 Hairspray from Redken. It is a medium hold spray that is good molding and shaping hair and it easy to brush through.

Now hold your head (and your hair) high as you take a walk down 5th Avenue with your Mad Men-inspired hairstyle! Craving more Mad Men style? Learn how to get Pete and Peggy’s iconic hair looks here.

Mad About Mad Men: How to get Pete and Peggy’s Iconic Hairstyles

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

From yesterday’s style to today’s hipsters, Mad Men has got the retro chic look from hair to toe. Unless you’re living on another planet, AMC’s Mad Men is one of the most talked about shows on television. Even today’s fashions have rewound to capture that sleek, clean, vintage-inspired style. What do we love most? The hair of course!

Pete Campbell is one of the partners working in account management at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. His look is much younger and youthful than the rest of the male cast. From his prep school look with tailored blue suits (which largely vanish throughout the series), he blossoms into a younger Don Draper style. His hair is slightly different, sporting a much more sleek, wet look than the rest of the characters. Here’s how to get Pete’s signature hairstyle…

  1. Tell your barber or stylist to keep your hair tapered on the sides and nape, but longer on top.
  2. Keep the hair damp when styling. Using your product of choice, comb through the hair with a fine tooth comb. Comb back your sides and set your part on the right side.
  3. Create a slight wave in front, but not has high as the Don Draper wave.

I would suggest using American Crew Pomade to create this classic, slicked back look with extra control. You could also work Oribe Rock Hard Gel through wet hair for intense hold. Just be aware that it sets quickly and stays hard.

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Peggy Olson is a Brooklyn girl who was hip before her time. She is the modern day career driven girl! Peggy began as Don Draper’s secretary, then became the first woman copywriter at the firm since World War II. Peggy’s hair has evolved over the seasons along with her career. From a perky ponytail, to the modern flip (teased of course) and now to the sophisticated bouffant.

  1. To muse this perfect bouffant flip, begin with a volumzing spray gel or blow and set sculpting lotion. Apply the product to damp hair and work it in at the root area.
  2. Use a round brush to create volume at the roots as you blow dry, then set the hair with either a curling iron or hot rollers.
  3. Let the curls cool, then using your teasing comb, begin at the nape and work your way up to create the volume and base for your bouffant.
  4. Using a Mason Pearson brush, smooth and mold hair into a flip, then of course finish with hairspray and lots of it!

Try Unite Boosta Spray Volumizing for texture without feeling sticky or Unite Blow & Set Sculpting Lotion for perfect hair setting. Seal the style with Unite Max Control Spray for strong hold you can still brush through.

So don’t be a square, get out there and get your vintage on! Learn how to recreate Don and Megan Draper’s iconic hairstyles here.

Mad About Mad Men: How to Get Don and Megan Draper’s Signature Hairstyles

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

Whether you live in Brooklyn, New York or Boulder, Colorado, you see Mad Men-inspired fedora hats, pocket squares, Ray Ban sunglasses and skinny jeans everywhere. But what everyone is truly trying to recapture are the hairstyles. At any red carpet event you will see your favorite A-list celebrities sporting these clean sleek looks. We’ve created a series of Mad-Men inspired hair tutorials so all ladies and gents have the opportunity to re-create these chic styles at home.

The Don Draper ‘Do

Where do we start? At the top of course! For you Don Draper wannabes, here’s how to get your Sterling Cooper Advertising hair.

1. First make sure you have a GOOD haircut. Have the back and sides tapered and slightly longer on top.

2. To style, make sure your hair is still damp. Using a fine tooth comb and your product of choice, start by creating a side part with your natural part and sleek it back. You can also use your comb to create a wave in the front.

Done! Now you look like you work on Madison Avenue with the rest of the Sterling Cooper Crew. Now for the products to try in order to achieve Don’s look. Oribe Original Pomade is ideal for those with extreme control issues who need to shine the brightest while Murdock’s Matt Putty will give you that slicked back, vintage look without the oily texture.

The Megan Draper Pony

Now for you sexy kittens who want that vintage Grace Kelly look, check out Megan Draper’s sultry style. Whether you’re an aspiring actress or just want to hang in your local speakeasy, here’s a quick way to style your hair and look camera ready.

Megan Draper is no stranger to her classic bob. Fake hair was popular even in the 60’s. This would be one quick way of styling if your hair is too short to pull up. Get a “Fall”, a 3/4 hair piece or a clip-on pony that matches your own color, and in seconds you have the illusion of longer hair. Check out Vogue Wigs if that is the route you want to go.

For those with medium length or longer hair…

1. First, blow dry your hair with a volumizing hair product to give it some texture. You either a root lifter or volume spray.

2. Use a round brush to work some volume in your hair at the end of your blow dry.

3. At this point, you have a couple of different options for hot tools. Hot rollers in the hair work great or using a curling iron to make big barrel curls to set the hair is fine too.

4. Once curls are cooled off, brush the hair using a boar bristle brush.

5. Brush your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.

6. To set the whole look, spray with hairspray and sleek the sides. A 60’s style wouldn’t be complete without HAIRSPRAY!

Try Kerastase Mousse Volumactive for flexible hold, insane volume and blow dry protection. Finish the style with Bumble and bumble’s Spray de Mode for hold, workability and exceptional memory. It also holds up to heat and repeated brushing.

Love vintage hairstyles? Learn how to create a romantic scarf rolled updo here.

7 No-Fail Ways to Prevent Your Summer Hair Color From Fading

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

It’s that time of year where clients start to stress and ask me about keeping their summer hair color from fading. Chlorine, sun and salt water can all fade your colored or highlighted hair. We all want to protect our investment! Here are some helpful and easy-to-follow tips to keep your color safe:

  1. Wait 24 to 48 hrs before shampooing after a color service and try not to wash your hair every day following that initial wash. If you tend to get greasy at the roots, try using a hair powder.
  2. Use a professional grade, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. These products are going to have the least harsh chemicals in them so they do not strip out your color. Additionally, try a color enhancing shampoo to brighten your color in between salon visits.
  3. Try rinsing with cooler water. The heat from extremely hot water can fade your color, especially if your color is a particularly vibrant shade.
  4. If you are going to be in the sun, wear a hat or bandana. This is especially important if you’re going to be in the sun for a long period of time. The direct rays from the sun will indeed fade your color and possibly change the tone.
  5. When swimming in chlorine or salt water, leave a little conditioner or detangler with UV protectors in your hair. This will help prevent the chlorine or salt water from absorbing into your hair.
  6. Be careful of using clarifying shampoos. They are great for washing your hair after swimming, but they WILL strip out your color. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week tops, not as an everyday shampoo.
  7. Professional product lines now have heat protectors with UV sunscreens. Take advantage of these products and make the investment! These types of products will also help protect from thermal heat from blow dryers and irons. You use sunscreen on your face and body, why not your hair?

If you are keeping up with all the tips and your color still fades, tell your stylist. He or she can recommend a clear gloss to put on after your color that will seal and lock in your new hair color, plus you get extra shine. So get out there and enjoy yourself this summer season, but be sure and protect your beauty investment with these tips!

Balayage Isn’t Just for Blondes!

I was the guest author and wrote this post for the Hair Style Blog. Enjoy! -Lisa

Balayage: brunettes are jumping on the sun-kissed look too!

Balayage is the French word meaning “to sweep” or paint. To balayage the hair is to use a brush and hand paint highlights on to the hair. This technique allows the hair to look more natural and sun-kissed . . . just like a child’s hair. I love Loreal’s concept of “Less is More,” it applies with the technique of balayage.

I began using the balayage technique on my clients in 2007 and it made me rethink how I previously thought of hair color. I fell in love with the technique and how it looked on my clients hair. And best of all, my clients fell in love with how their hair looked! It creates a more natural grow out. Balayage application creates highlights softer by the roots and bolder towards the ends, which looks more natural than highlights done with foil applications.The foil highlight application gets lost towards the ends.

Another big plus with going with a balayage technique is that you won’t need to come into the salon every 6 weeks for a touch-up as you would with regrowth from a foil application. You will get use to seeing more depth at your roots and the highlights from balayage pop out more, giving a more beachy effect.

The placement of balayage or ombre color is more artistic and more visual than a foil highlight application. You can balayage lowlights on to the hair, which also looks more natural and not as streaky or chunky as some highlights can become.

Most of my balayage clients come in every 3 months for a touch-up. Some clients wait up to 6 months, but most come in-between the 3 month period to get their roots touched up or a toner/gloss, or just face frame highlight. Those of you who are use to the foil application of highlights or lowlights, don’t freak out! Talk to your hair stylist about easing you into the transition. Your hair stylist can also balayage your hair heavier around your face and hairline for an easier transition. That way you won’t feel like you still have regrowth when you leave the salon.

So for new clients looking for that next best hair color trend . . . this is it. Remember the service will most likely cost you more because of the skill and technique level and the time involved. But in the long run, it won’t be as many trips to the salon. It’s the perfect time now to get your hair sun-kissed ready!

Guest author Lisa Amato has been a hair stylist for 21 years. Specializing in natural looking balayage hair color. She is certified in Loreal Professional hair color and INOA no-ammonia hair color. Lisa trained under Jack Howard and the “Queen of Balayage,” Nancy Braun at the Loreal Academy in New York. Lisa has worked under Kris Sorbie, Chris Baron and Sam Villa, along with Kaz Amor. Lisa is certified in Great Lengths Hair Extensions.

The Consultation by Jack Howard

Jack Howard trained me in my first Balayage class. I love what he says here! -Lisa

One of the most important parts of our business is I would say the consultation, it’s not that it has to be a thirty minute session but it has to be clear, concise and have a goal. Given the state of our economy it’s even more important to make clients comfortable informed, special and relaxed before we start a service with them.

1 – Personally I like to greet my clients with a smile and a welcome as I take them to their chair, and then instead of talking to them through the mirror, I like to talk to them face to face at their level, I believe this breaks down the first invisible barrier.

2 – The next thing I like to ask is how they feel about their hair (people have of lots of feeling about their hair), its a great question and quite often I can gleam tons of information from them about what they like and don’t like, and it shows me to be interested in them, I am able to join in this conversation adding my thoughts and insights.

3 – The critical question is then – what would you like your hair to look like? – now we can find out if the goals are realistic, taking in to account, lifestyle, commitment to upkeep affordability and whether or not I feel it will suit them and their skin tone, eye color, natural level etc. Clients come to you not just for your technical abilities but also for what I call my eye, my taste level.

4 – I believe it’s important to be honest about what is achievable and where we can go in a period of time, but I do want my client to be happy I would rather under sell the end result than oversell it.

Over the years from my own experiences and working with others I feel clients can be broken down into three groups and within those three groups clients can change groups for different people and different reasons

1 – The do anything you want client – I am not so keen on that response from a client and always feel i need to dig a little deeper, after all I’m sure she wouldn’t want jet black, so its back to the question of how she feels about her hair and start to figure out what are her likes and dislikes

2 – The slightly neurotic client – I love these ladies, they are usually only neurotic because they have had a bad experience with a colorist and are now very keen to manage the situation. So I like to get down to the bottom of whats gone on in the past and work with them to gain my trust. I know that we might not be able to do all I want the first time round, and am okay with that.

3 – The regular client – Often the client who has been loyal and with a colorist for sometime. These are the clients we should always be checking in with, always asking how they feel about their color, never having their formula mixed up before they arrive, always offering a tweak of their formula even if they don’t want it.These ladies make us successful and should not be forgotten.

Jack’s tip: Build time into your schedule to listen and talk with your client.