Articles from ‘Balayage’

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

What the heck is “Bronde?”

New hair looks get new names. Some ladies in our chair are still learning what balayage and ombre is-

balayage: hand painted highlights  ombre: lighter highlights concentrated on the ends

The newest terms that baffles potential clients minds are the terms “bronde” or “ecaille.”

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“BRONDE”

BRONDE means any soft balayage technique that blends a medium or dark brown base

into a medium/dark gold or warm/medium beige highlight.

The ‘Br’ is the brown and the ‘onde’ is the blonde. The contrast is moderate and tends to grow out very naturally for either black, dark brown or medium brown naturally colored hair. In the salon, we compare these colors to shades of coffee with its balanced, rich tones.

 This is a great technique to drop down a dramatic blond balayage or ombre to help add shine+ reflection to hair that is trashed  from too much bleaching or sun fadeage. The color will fill in the negative spaces and plump up the structure to help the hair to style and look better.

This look tends to slowly graduate the dark color from roots to the mid shaft and ends – creating a subtle ombre or “sombre” effect. The difference in contrast between the darker shade should ounly be 1-3 levels only.

tortoiseshell“ECAILLE”

ECAILLE or “tortoise shell” combines a medium or dark brown base with soft ¬†strips of medium to light gold balayage highlights in the front and mid-shaft+ends.

The effect is different than bronde. The highlights can be closer to the scalp  and give an overall, defined, dimensional look. This look is great for naturally colored medium brown or ash colored hair. The base color can be bumped up a level and the highlights painted in after. The grow out is a little less soft than bronde and will require the highlights to be maintained every 10 weeks instead of the normal soft balayage growout of 12-14 weeks. The effect will only subtly ombre on the last couple inches of the hair.

Want to try one of these looks on after  a summer of faded haircolor?

Book with one of our independent stylists through their profile at www.emersonsalon.com

“For Style That Works!”

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Sizzlin’ Summer Hair

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This time of year is the PERFECT time to try a new haircut or hair color. Why? Because the sun can really show off your new look and amplified confidence!

Here we review some ways to take care of your hair in the heat of the season in addition to some new trends…..

Summer Hair Care:

     РMake sure you are getting regular trims. You can have your short to medium length hair cut every 5-8 weeks or your medium to long length hair every 8-12 weeks. This will prevent splits from occurring and causing breakage and loss of density and length.

Use a UV inhibitor when you will be in the sun for longer than 20 min at a time. A good one to use is Moroccan Oil Original Treatment which will not build up on your hair, has anti-oxidants to prevent haircolor from fading and reconditions and moisturizes the hair.

Make sure to protect¬†your hair before you go swimming in a pool or saltwater. Saltwater and chlorine are highly drying to the hair, can fade or alter haircolor and can also cause breakage+damage with prolonged exposure. A good method to protect your hair’s condition and color is to use a hair conditioner or Moroccan Oil on damp hair and wear a swim cap over it. It will act as a barrier to exposure to these conditions.

Pre-Schedule regular color appointments.¬†The sun’s UV rays can fade your haircolor even if you are following recommended care and using¬†sulfate free shampoos, conditioners and styling products. So, plan for refreshing that shiny red haircolor or newly toned blond every 6-8 weeks so your hair always looks its best. Don’t take the chance that your stylist can take you when you need and pre-book your color refresh at the end of each service appointment.

SUMMER HAIR TRENDS:

Take a look at some great ways to cut, color and style your hair for summer below!

WOMEN’S¬†TRENDS: Beachy waves on long layered hair, “Lob” haircut, ¬†Long top pixie cut, Side swept bangs, balayage soft strip highlights that are 3 levels lighter than natural or pastelled

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MEN’S TRENDS: Tight fade on the sides and long top for side parting (left below), ¬†disconnected clipper cut with heavy weightline (right below)

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Or take a look at our Pinterest boards at: https://www.pinterest.com/emerson_salon/

GET THAT NEW ‘DO!

Book with an independently run hairstylist at www.emersonsalon.com so YOU can be on trend this summer-

…and on FLEEK!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Bridal Beauty Basics

Wedding season is almost upon us and brides everywhere are prepping for their big day. Whether you are getting married soon or sometime down the line…. Our bridal hair specialist, D’Arcy Harrison, gives you some tips to make sure you look and feel your best on the big day!

bridal#1. Make sure to get a trim and fresh color no less than 2-4 weeks before the big day. Most likely you have been growing your hair to allow for more length in an updo or formal style so it will be necessary to get any split ends off. If you are getting your hair colored we recommend a soft to moderate balayage highlight in order to show off the movement of your hairstyle in pictures. If you have dark hair, highlighting will be essential to seeing the detail of your hair in pictures. Also, if there are any unpredicted hiccups with your hair color there is still time to perfect it with your colorist. D’Arcy urges patience as well,”Sometimes chemicals do unpredictable things even with the most experienced hair colorist. Last thing you want is to be unhappy with a hair color you received a couple days before the wedding when you have no extra time to come back in. Perfection sometimes cannot be achieved in one sitting so prepare for Murphy’s Law and leave a margin for error by getting the color done well enough ahead of time.”

#2. I highly recommend scheduling a practice 2-4 weeks before the wedding day. It helps get game plan out of the way and helps you to create a solid communication with your stylist before you hit the big day which is usually filled with nervous and excited anxiety,” says D’Arcy. When doing bridal practices, D’Arcy charges a flat rate for 2 hours of work and provides you with pictures of the different looks so can share with family and friends. If you cannot schedule a practice its always good to send your stylists a couple looks of what you are going for in addition to a picture of what your hair looks like now.

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#3 Don’t ¬†allow the pressures of family or friends to alter how you want to look and feel on your wedding day.¬†We’ve all been there. Your mom or bridesmaid comes to the salon with you to get your hair done and has their own idea of how you need to look. “Remember, its YOUR day and if you feel uncomfortable with their suggestions make sure they know not to worry and that you and your stylist have already discussed what you would like,” advises D’Arcy. Last thing you want is tension and drama about your hair when its how you have envisioned looking for over 6 mos. to longer. Of course, if you agree with them on some feedback on your¬†hair make sure to tell the stylist you think that is a good idea and to adjust the style for you accordingly.

#4 Always bring pictures! Bring the pictures you want to use as a guide for the type of look and style you are going for. Bring the pictures of the practice (even if another stylist did it) and you can even bring pictures of looks you despise so it is really clear what you like and do not like.

#5 Make sure to tip! Gratuity is not required but strongly encouraged. Yes, you are already paying the stylist for a pricey look but you have to consider how well they attended to you. Did they make you and your group feel welcomed and comfortable? Did they make you feel beautiful and confident? Did they listen? Did you enjoy the experience? Did they make sure you were happy with every angle? Did they take feedback? Did they excercise patience and poise? If so, they have accomplished exceeding your expectations and deserve an 18-20% gratuity.

client25#6 Opting for on-site styling is more expensive but sometimes logistically easier. Many bridal specialists offer on-site styling. If you decide that this is right for you it is usually charged by the hour or by day rate (12 hours or more.) A stylist needs a standing mirror and an easily accessible outlet for heat tools.  If your wedding is far away from the salon where the stylist is from, it will be necessary to arrange travel and travel expenses/accommodations in addition to the hair styling fee.  If you have a large group of bridesmaids you want to look similar its a good idea to ask if the hairstylist has a colleague or assistant to help churn out the styling in an expedient time frame.

#7 Do your research.¬†Ask your friends who have gotten married if they liked the stylist they worked with or go online and read reviews and look at a stylist’s portfolio. “Putting the time into finding the formal stylist who will work best with you and the type of style you want to achieve will be key.”

We hope your big day is happy and filled with joy!

For ideas on formal styles, go to D’Arcy’s Pinterest page at:

https://www.pinterest.com/darcyhairdesign/

or go to www.darcyhairdesign.com to book a bridal practice with her!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Olaplex Revolution

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In the cosmetology profession it is very important to stay current not only on trends and new application techniques but new innovations in chemical technology. There is a new system that is making hair colorists go NUTS! Its called OLAPLEX.

The system was designed by organic chemists who wanted to “solve problems” and the biggest challenge facing the haircoloring industry is the issue of breakage. More and more, people are asking for trends that demand getting the hair lighter, faster and with less breakage.

This is where Olaplex comes in. Hair is keratin proteins that are made up of disulfide bonds. These bonds are linked together and can get broken down during a lightening or haircoloring service. This system helps mend those bonds as they are broken so hair can accept more extreme changes with less likelihood of breakage. Its important to understand that it doesn’t guarantee against breakage but minimizes its probability.

Famous colorists from Tracy Cunningham, Guy Tang, Sally Hershberger and many others have been experimenting with the 3 step system and are loving the results.¬†One of our owners, D’Arcy Harrison, picked some up to try and was impressed with the results.

Kristen had Natural Level 5 hair and wanted to try the new extreme color ombre trend. In order to achieve the look she asked for it required lifting the hair over 3 levels through some very orange and gold stages. The goal was to get her hair to level 10 and 11 so the semi-permanent blue/violet and silver would show up appropriately.

NOTE: Whenever the hair is lightened or darkened 3 levels or more this is called “COLOR CORRECTIVE WORK.” Special care and expertise is required in order to achieve predictable results. Additionally, the service can cost more because of extra time and product used due to its corrective nature.

D’Arcy combined the It&lyHairfashion Easily Blond Bleach and 40 vol with the No. 1 Olaplex Bond Multiplier. She then applied the bleach in a feathered balayage technique and put Kristen under heat for 10 min.

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D’Arcy was amazed! The hair on the ends was a level 10 and the midshaft was a level 7/8. So D’Arcy mixed up some more bleach and olaplex and applied to the darker areas and let process for another 20 min. at air temperature. Then the hair was rinsed and the No.2 Bond Perfector was added at the shampoo bowl for 5-10min. The hair was then roughly dried and the Pravanna Vivids Blue and Violet were applied to the midshaft with Silver with a dash of Blue blended into the ends. Kristen was put under a medium heat dryer to drive in the semipermanent in order to make it last longer. The entire service was over 3 hours long. There is a No.3 to the Olaplex system for at home care following the service but Kristen opted for some Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo, Conditioner and Weightless Hydrating Mask as the argan oil moisture helps hair stay flexible and not brittle.

Kristen did suffer some breakage on the last 2 inches of her hair ¬†(it was coiling and turning gummy) so D’Arcy did some strategic cutting and carving to eliminate the damage from the hair once dried and styled. But what is important is the hair got lighter faster, with less breakage and with more even results.

We will continue to keep experimenting in the salon with it as its very important to understand how to work with new products before using them on paying clients. If an individual indepependently run stylist  at Emerson Salon chooses to add this as an amenity it could be an add-on charge to any coloring service.

Want Olaplex at Emerson Salon? Tell us via our Twitter or Facebook pages!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emersonsalon

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Pro’s and Cons Of Pastel Hair

 

We have seen such a surge in requests for pastel hair color lately! With mainstream celebrities like Nicole¬†Richie, Julianne Hough, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, Cara Delevigne and others trying on the trendy look – its hard to resist diving in too! Here we detail the fun AND¬†the reality of going for a super light fun shade like seen below……….

 

 

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PRO’s of Pastel Hair

You are “ON FLEEK!” Be part of a current trend and the envy of your friends!

Its non committal! Have fun with different pastel shades when you feel like something different once it fades. Or you can play with hair chalk or sprays to try on a pastel hue for a night!

Spring/Summer are a great time to show off this color change because pastels reflect sunlight beautifully!

CON’s of¬†Pastel Hair

Most hair needs to bleached first to super light/white blond in order for a pastel to show up properly.¬†Darker shades and previously colored hair will need to be bleached significantly to get to a blond without orange or gold in it. This can cause damage and makes it difficult to guarantee how long a pastel will last. The more damage incurred the quicker a pastel may fade because of the hairs’ porosity. We recommend prepping your hair 1-2 weeks before bleaching with deep conditioning treatments as well as following a bleach and tone service. We love the Deep Quench Moisture Masque by ColorProof-it can rehab the most damaged hair and is also vegan and gluten free.

It is important to know that any pastel cannot be guaranteed how long it will stay in the hair. Pastels are usually a semi permanent which stains the cuticle layer of the hair and washes out every time it is rinsed or shampooed.   There is also a lot less pigment deposit in a pastel than a fully concentrated color.

-Listen intently to your colorist.¬†Your stylist can recommend ways to keep the color looking fresh. Schedule regular color refresh appointments so you never look dull or lackluster¬†Most people with vibrant color avoid shampooing their hair as much as possible by using dry shampoo in between washing. We love Alterna Caviar’s Powder Dry Shampoo. At Emerson Salon, a colorist can design a custom color formulated conditioner by EVO Fabuloso Pro to help increase the longevity of a pastel.

Your haircolor is an investment.¬†Getting a pastel haircolor can be expensive to get and expensive to maintain. Be prepared that the service isn’t the only place where your dollars are involved. Appropriate shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning and leave-in products will be essential to maintaining your fun, new haircolor as well as its health.

Sunlight is your haircolor’s enemy.¬†The summer UV rays will eat through your pastel haircolor so protect it with a UV protectant like Moroccan Oil. It also moisturizes the hair and protects from heat styling so it is your GO TO PRODUCT to keep your hair looking and feeling good after receiving a pastel with bleaching and toning.

Hopefully we have prepared you for the true nature of getting that AWESOME new pastel hair you’re dying for and we will see you in the chair! Book with an Emerson Stylist by contacting one directly TODAY!

 

 

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WOW! Extreme Color Trends 2015

Emerson Salon is situated smack dab in the center of Seattle’s urban area that includes students, professionals, young style mavens, ¬†artists and the LGBTQ community. This creates¬†a cornucopia of hair styles and hair colors to stare at up and down ¬†the Pike and Pine ¬†corridor near where the salon is located. ¬†We have MANY clients ask for exciting and bold shades of extreme haircolors like red, blue, green, etc. ¬†Extreme haircolor is generally a bold semi permanent color that is deposited following a bleaching service.

 

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Some colors require the hair to be the lightest shade of blond to show up. Example: Any pastel hue will need to be on light blond or almost white hair. Deep Purple can go on hair that is medium¬†blond or caramel color. If your hair is previously colored or naturally dark it may be very damaging to get your hair to a lightness that will show a pastel best. So, we recommend being flexible with what you want as we generally aren’t going to attempt to bleach you to lightest blond if we think your hair may break due to aggressive bleaching.
  2. Once bleached, your hair will be sensitive to high heat or too much shampooing. High heat can cause major breakage on the now delicate bleached and colored hair so we recommend a medium setting. Shampooing every other day is not recommended as the color washes out with every shampoo. TIP: Get a custom color conditioner made by an Emerson Stylist by ¬†Evo’s Fabuloso Pro. Whatever goes down the drain can be replaced by a color conditioner to help make the gorgeous shade last.
  3. Many of our stylists use Professional Pravana Haircolor ChromaVivids.  It is MUCH better than Manic Panic, Special Effects or drugstore color. Why?

A) Pravana has silk proteins which help mend the hair prior to bleaching

B) The pigments are higher quality and can be made to last longer by adding heat for 20-30min. without a cap.

C) the residue will NOT stain your items and will wash out with hot water, soap and oxiclean or bleach. TIP: if you get an extreme                              haircolor, avoid white towels, shirts and linens for the first week or two. The residue is known to leak or rub off sometimes. Make                             sure to clip hair away from neck and face to avoid residue transfer during sleep.

OR, if you want something that is completely temporary and will generally wash ALL the way out on light colored hair we can use Fabuloso Pro (see below) that is a semi permanent based on fabric dye to give you a fun new color for a 3-5 weeks only!

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Here at Emerson Salon we want to make you happy and will design the look based on your hair needs. If you are willing to come in every 4-6 weeks then we say GO FOR IT! Do the color all over and rock out that new fantastic hue! If you do not want to be coming in every 4-6 weeks we recommend a balayaged color that will leave more root to buffer grow out. OR! try a blended dip-dyed effect that focuses the color only on the mid shaft and ends.

What are the latest trends ¬†for extreme haircolor? We are seeing a lot of different shades of teal and green, muted pink and icy blue (see images above) or violet gray.¬†We recently saw a¬†challenging extreme haircolor called,”Pixelated haircolor” that creates small boxes of veiled, extreme color that is outline by a dark brown or black color (see below.)

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Be Bold, Be Brave and book a service for that AMAZING and VIBRANT color you’ve been wishing for, our independent stylists here at Emerson Salon would love to have YOU in their chair!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Your Hair’s Unique Chemistry

 

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At Emerson Salon, each of our experienced independent stylists work hard to give each individual client specific attention in order to deliver a successful service to a satisfied client. Inherently, hairstylists are people pleasers and will generally work very hard with you to help you manage your expectations as well as trying to give you your requested haircolor.  HOWEVER!

  • We must explain and impress upon you that coloring hair is a CHEMICAL PROCESS. Whether you are permanently or temporarily coloring your hair- there are always chemicals involved. Also, just because something says it is “All Natural”, “No Ammonia” or “All Organic” does not mean there aren’t naturally occurring chemicals in the ingredients that can cause damage or issues with your hair. Some ¬†“no ammonia” hair colors can actually do more to damage than and can create a false expectation in the user that they are doing something “healthy” for their hair. They use an ammonia derivative (MEA) that keeps aggressively working and working until it is shampooed out.

             (For example: You just got your hair highlighted a perfect neutral shade of blond and then you use a shampoo and conditioner with chamomile in it. Chamomile will enhance and give warm tones to your beautiful color and possibly ruin the work your professional stylist has achieved. Always take the advice from your stylist on the best professional products on your hair to help maintain your lovely look!)

  • Your hair and its follicle are fed nutrients from your blood and dermal system. Everything you do and everything you put into your body and/eat can contribute to how hair color interacts with your hair. Government agencies can¬†test your hair for drugs because drugs stay longer on your hair than in your blood system or cells.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(For example: If you are on any or multiple medications or your diet has changed, make sure to tell your stylist. Medication buildup on your hair can make hair color grab cooler or may not completely cover grey. If you have been eating unhealthily, this also can change the health and fullness of your hair. Your stylist can adjust how they achieve your hair color based on this information and can help to avoid a “bad color” by doing so.)¬†(Another example: If you are gluten intolerant, PPD sensitive, or have skin sensitivities also tell your hairstylist so a skin issue doesn’t occur during your service. A skin ¬†patch test can always be done to see if the haircolor will be an issue.)

  • There are many people that go to years and years of school to understand organic chemistry and how ¬†chemicals interact with the body and hair. Hairstylists are not licensed chemists but are trained on how to achieve the most predictable results for what they are trying to achieve. They understand the hair’s BASIC chemistry and structure but do not have the in depth expertise to know how every chemical used on you might react with YOUR¬†body and hair’s unique chemisty. Unfortunately, the hair has its own ideas when it comes to that and it is a stylists job to make sure they prepare for every scenario. Just because your haircolor turns out unexpectedly also does not mean your colorist is imcompetent. Of course, if a foil has bled or the application method is wrong those are within the colorists control. Just understand, it is possible for the¬†chemicals to¬†behave outside of prediction and most colorists will work with you to rectify it.
  • The hair’s chemical history can be very complicated to work with especially if you have multiple color services on your hair. If you had old highlights, then covered them up with box color and then go to get new highlights- it is possible the hair’s damage will make it break or the color may react oddly due to the mixture of history on the hair.

The important lesson to learn is that you should work closely with whomever is coloring your hair. Give all the information you can think of to give and realize that a stylist hasn’t failed because 5% of your hair isn’t to expectation. Usually, if their is an adjustment needed a stylist will offer a “fix” up to 2 weeks after the initial service if you are using recommended shampoo and support products.

Its all part of forming a long term relationship with a colorist who’s ultimate goal is to make you happy and to create great word of mouth for new clients. Create a lasting relationship with one of our experienced independent stylists by contacting on of ours directly today!

 

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Sunsets on Blond

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Light and bright blond is super fashionable and seen on many music artists and performers (see Iggy Azalea above). The downsides are the constant maintenance to rid yourself of root growout but also the damage to your hair.  Unless you are already a medium light blond the process to get to a platinum blond are drying and cause frizz, loss of natural texture/curl and breakage.

Now that it’s fall, there are choices you can make to “reign” the blond in. One option is to color all over with a warm balanced gold ¬†(see left below) or balanced beige that is ¬†1 or 2 levels deeper (depending on your coloring.) This step down shade can fill in some of the damage and provide a healthier palette to color on later.

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Another choice to use for someone with ¬†darker natural root color is to transition with a balayaged lowlight (see right above.) This shouldin a shade that is 2-3 levels darker and incorporates enough soft warmth mixed with a cool beige or neutral to avoid any unfortunate fadeage. In lamens’ terms this means that color correction is used in the formulation. An over processed/light blond cannot be colored with the desired shade alone. The porosity is more likely to grab the blue or green if enough gold or warm brown¬†is not¬†used in mixing the custom shade.

This lowlight balayage service could be applied in¬†many ways to design your new dimensional blond to your preference. You could ask for lots of little pieces softly painted all over the head to mute the overall look of the light blond. ¬†Or you could ask to mute the base of your color with a more “ombre” effect where the mid shaft to ends stay light and the roots to midshaft are muted (see below.) This is more of a color correction and will need more time and color to achieve on a super light blond for reasons stated previously. Pricing may be shifted in regards to this away from a basic balayage due to the amount of color needed to achieve the effect. A step down color will need to be applied first to before¬†the desired medium dark brown shade ¬†is added. After this is achieved, the lighter dimension can be toned a medium gold to lessen the contrast with the base color.

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Feeling sunbleached and need to change your blond? Check out our independent stylists’ profiles and contact them specifically today!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Pink Hair Cares!

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This October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you want to support this cause make sure you wear PINK! Even the Seahawks football team are wearing pink flags and other accessories during their games this month to bring attention to reminding women to get regular breast checks and mammograms.

Get info here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Last week at Emerson Salon we had an influx of ladies asking for pink hair and thats when we realized how important the color was not only as a trend but for those struggling with this horrible disease. Emotional support when you are going through treatment is vital.

There are a few different ways to get pink hair: one way is to buy a pink hair clip in (see link below) or to have your hair colored with pink. Here are some fun options that some of our stylists did recently:

D’Arcy painted on¬†some heavily balayaged bleach on Jen (below)¬†to a light blond. Then the hair was¬†toned ¬†all over with ¬†semi-permanent Pravanna Pink and a smidge of Wild Orchid and Violet. Adding hood dryer heat for 30 min to the semipermanent is how D’Arcy can make sure the color stays as long as possible for Jen. Here is the before and after!

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Or if you are looking for something more soft and subtle, take a look at our stylist Danielle’s version of pink balayage here:

rikkipinkNOTE: If your hair is colored or naturally darker it is necessary to bleach the hair to a light blond or palest yellow/white for a pink or pastel pink to show up appropriately. Maintenance and care involve sulfate free color safe shampoo, washing with lukewarm to cold water, and shampooing only once or twice a week.

Want pink hair too? Contact a colorist at Emerson Salon today by choosing a stylist from their profile and messaging them directly! Or go to http://www.pinkhairforhope.org/get-pink-hair or shop online to get pink hair temporarily!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Want Balayage?

At Emerson Salon, our stylists aim to create looks that not only look fabulous on you but will also fit in with your coloring, style and maintenance needs. Balayage is a great way for a fashion conscious and low maintenance  guy or gal to have a customized color without having to come into the salon every 8 weeks for touch ups. We have seen many different types of balayage emerge in the last few years since Drew Barrymore introduced it on the red carpet to the mass market in the US. It showed  her dark brown roots blended into bright gold ends 5 years ago but balayage has been around since before that. We are here to educate you on what balayage is and what the different types are.

What is Balayage? Balayage is a french term describing the application method where highlights and/or lowlights are,”swept in.” This application is different than traditional dimensional foiling where the color desired is applied in foils close to the scalp. Although foiling can be a great way to get highlights, it can emphasize a harsh grow out line as the natural color of your hair grows ¬†in contrast to the foiled color.

Balayage can be designed so that the growout is minimized due the soft effect it creates on the hair (even if you get a dramatically lighter highlight.) Pricing with balayage can vary based on stylist, desired effect, history of hair, density and length but generally starts at around $100 and can go up from there. A great way to use balayage is on darker haircolor to “break up” ¬†the darkness slowly over time. This is a great alternative to all over color correction which can be challenging and pricey.

There are a few different methods of applying balayage. Some stylists choose to backcomb or tease the root and then apply the color or bleach¬†in a feathered affect to the sections of hair in the desired effect. Other stylists use cotton to lift up the root and apply the desired result on thin strips of hair and then add clear plastic wrap over the top to keep heat during processing. Both methods are equally effective, it just depends on the preference and training of the stylist. If you are looking for a dramatic difference on the ends, your stylist may choose to use foil to trap the heat so its warmth is consistent on the section for even lightening. What are the different types of balayage? Let’s break it down into subtle, moderate, dramatic, ombre ¬†and dip dye balayage.

***Please be advised: If your hair is colored, your hair must be bleached in order to create a lighter effect. Color does not lift color. Discuss your hair’s color history with your stylist to achieve optimized results and learn about damage risks during bleaching*******

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Subtle Balayage

Subtle balayage tends to be a highlight or lowlight that is between 1-3 levels ¬†difference (see above)¬†than the natural level of your hair. This gives a feeling of “sun kissed” highlights like you have been in the sun for awhile. This balayage can have the longest time between touchups if it is not heavily applied close to the root. This is great for working moms, busy students, and for the first time balayage client.

 

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Moderate Balayage

A moderate balayage will be 3-4 levels difference than your natural color (see above) and can be focused on the midshaft to ends,stroked into the front or used closer to the root. This type of balayage might need more maintenance depending on how close the highlight or lowlight is applied to the root. We recommend getting a full balayage with this to start and then schedule a partial balayage to touch it up every 3 months.

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Dramatic Balayage

This balayage uses highlights and/or lowlights that are 4-6 levels different on the mid shaft to ends and are usually not applied close to the root due to the contrast that will occur during grow out. If it is applied closer to the root it can shorten time between maintenance visits and is considerd to be a “dramatic” change if starting on darker hair. Be prepared for your friends to say,”WOW! Thats really different than what you had before!” This can be a great way to go from ¬†highlights all over your head to something that will need less maintenance. Its recommended to get regular trims ¬†and conditioning treatments on longer hair that has dramatic balayage because of the possible damage that is incurred in creating the lighter effect. Your hair may also need to be re-toned on a semi-regular basis to keep it shiny and its color saturation even.

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Ombre Balayage

An “ombre” balayage is the type where you see a subtle and gradual blend of the darker roots into the dramatically lighter ends that are at least 3-4 levels difference than the natural root color. (see above) This is different than dramatic balayage that utilizes strips of color “popping out” of the base color. Generally, this is an application that requires bleach and can cause breakage or frizz so make sure to use Moroccan Oil to keep them moisturized and protected from heat damage. This application means you don’t have to come in for a retouch for 3-5 months but you may need a retone of the ends due to its damage+porosity every 2 mos.

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Dip Dye Balayage

Dip Dye Balayage is basically a bleach and tone ombre balayage with a vivid semi-permanent shade applied instead of a natural looking toner. This type of balayage is super fun and we have seen a lot of it at music festivals and around Capitol Hill, Seattle. You can choose to do pink, teal, purple, orange, neon blue, whatever! At Emerson we have a few different type of semi permanents. If you are looking to keep the chosen hue for awhile we can use Pravanna Vivids with heat to make it last 5-8 weeks. If you want to change up the color regularly we also carry Fabuloso Pro by Evo which is based on fabric technology and will eventually completely shampoo out of your hair in 14-16 shampoos so you can select a different color when you like!

Whats the best way to style a balayage or ombre haircolor? When styling balayage it is recommended to either have a soft round brush blowout or to add soft waves and/or curls as it helps to emphasize the movement in the hair and your new dimensional color.

Excited to try on  some balayage? We are excited to work with you on it! Select a stylist from their profile and contact them directly for an appointment!