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.

BEFORE Balayage / Ombre
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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.