Need a kick to your brunette strands? Adding shades of caramel highlights to your brown hair is just the thing for you! They add definition to layers and curls, lighten your overall color, and add soft warmth to your look. You can go bold, soft and subtle, or ombre‘ to add that “special something” to your color. Color a new you by sweetening up your brown hair with caramel highlights!
Natural Looking Brown and Caramel
Q&A with style creator, Lisa Amato
Independent Hairstylist @ Hair by Lisa in Boulder, CO
How would you describe this look?
Natural looking hair color. I love the pop of light on my client’s face. I do balayage highlights with almost all my clients. It’s a great way to go lighter without highlighting the whole head with the traditional foil highlight look. It’s also much more modern.
Any advice for someone considering it?
I would recommend this look for any of my clients who are looking for natural looking hair color with natural looking sun-kissed highlights. This is great for a client who is looking for lower maintenance highlights. Typically, clients that get balayage only get their hair highlighted every 3-5 months, depending on how fast their hair grows. This specific client gets her hair colored every 6-7 weeks for grey coverage only and I recommend every second visit we balayage to refresh her highlights. This look is best for the client who likes the depth at the root and likes a more gradual feathered out highlight. It’s not a traditional more distinctive line that a foil highlight gives which is right at the root. This look is best for our simple/natural client, who’s is looking for a beachy sun-kissed style. This technique works on all hair types/color/face shapes.
I styled her hair with Oribe Supershine moisturizing cream (my fav product!). My client has fine hair but it has little natural wave and frizz. This is a product that is good for frizz, shine, it has no hold, nongreasy. So for typical clients today only wash their hair a few times a week, it won’t get greasy. I used a round brush and finished with the same product to smooth down any flyaways and frizz.
Because metallic has never been so in.
Looking for a new way to showcase your personality and style this year? Step out of the hair color box and into a salon to experience the shimmering metallic shades of L’Oréal Professionnel’s new Mad About Metals collection! Amethyst, Platinum and Rose Gold are your options to shake up your hair color shade.
Violet hair has been one of the biggest hair color trends for a few years, but it is not going anywhere. L’Oréal Professionnel has made it even more beautiful, vibrant, and shiny with their Mad About Metals Collection. It’s metal-like Amethyst result is stunning – a sure head-turner. Your colorist will need to pre-lighten your hair to get the bright result, so be sure you seek out a L’Oréal Professionnel Artist so that you get the highest level of expertise!
If you’ve been tempted by a light purple hair color, remember to use the right shampoo and conditioner to avoid color fade. We recommend the Series Expert Color A-OX collection to keep purple hair bright and healthy-looking.
Love the look of platinum hair but hoping to pump it up a bit with a more of-the-moment metallic twist? The new Platinum shade of the Mad About Metals Collection will do the trick! As with all platinum hair colors, just be sure to invest in a quality blonde shampoo to keep your ultra-light locks from turning brassy. We suggest Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Sulfate Free Shampoo paired with the Color Corrector Blondes Conditioner . These products will leave your platinum cool and bright.
Rose gold is a popular spring shade for the way it instantly adds warmth to a winter complexion. The key to pulling off this color with confidence is all in its natural movement and shine. When styling, don’t weigh down the hair with excess product: use a light gel like Hollywood Waves’ Waves Fatales by Tecni.ART for control, volume and texture.
Whichever mesmerizing metallic mane you decide to embrace, be sure to also consider booking an in-salon treatment between coloring sessions. The in-salon Powermix luxury treatment and experience is ideal for restoring and boosting the intensity of your colored hair, mixed according to your hair’s exact needs.
For high-voltage shine.
Ever wonder how your favorite celebs have the shiniest hair…ever? We’re here to let you in on a little secret: more often than not, your favorite A-listers are going for a gloss or a glaze every few weeks. Glosses and glazes-which are both very similar-help to give your hair a high-voltage shine to make it appear lustrous and ultra-healthy. Want to know more? We chatted with hairdresser and L’Oréal Professionnel Artist DJ McGinley to get the dish on glosses and glazes!
What Are Glosses and Glazes?
First things first, what are these high-shine treatments? Temporary, demi-permanent-meaning they fade away instead of growing out-haircolor that can be clear or tinted. A glaze sits on top of the hair, while a gloss will infuse itself into your strands, so the color and/or shine will last a little longer. McGinely says that glosses, especially, “are a great way to color-correct quickly, since they are neutralizers.”
Glosses for Grey Blending
“[Glosses add] shine and beautiful color, they help make highlights stand out, enhance natural color, and make the hair look healthier, ” McGinely explains. “They’re also ideal for grey blending. [Glosses] can camouflage up to 50 to 70 percent of grey and last up to eight weeks before you have to go back,” she says, “which is longer than the every 4-5 week root touch-up appointments required with single-process color.” Plus, since glosses fade away there won’t be obvious lines of demarcation between new growth and the dye.
Get Your Gloss to Last
To make your gloss last, be sure to use only color-safe shampoos so you don’t wash out any of that gorgeous shine!
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.
It’s the latest hair trend to hit the states, but do you have the guts to ask for it?
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!”
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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
Just remember the best Brondes always have a little Balayage around the face. It’s what connects the total look.
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
- Apply the retouch formula to regrowth. Process, shampoo and dry the hair.
- Create a horseshoe-shaped parting from temple to temple and clip away the top section.
- 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.
- Continue to work around the horseshoe parting in this manner from side to side.
- Cover the highlighted sections with cotton and release the top section.
- 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.
- Lift the hair to a golden honey shade. Rinse and towel-dry.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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”.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Try rinsing with cooler water. The heat from extremely hot water can fade your color, especially if your color is a particularly vibrant shade.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.