News added 28/09/17: Grey is very much a talking point for clients with the likes of Kim K and the red carpet crew continually flirting with the trend, so obviously we’re keeping up with developments. Spotted Jamie Stevens segment on the Lorraine show recently, highlighting how much work is required for an extreme colour change and using dark to on-trend silver as his example. With his team (including Ashleigh Hodges and Matt Cahill) on hand, Jamie demo-ed how it required two rounds of lifting (5-and-a-half hours) to achieve a bright clean yellow, with a further 2-and-a-half hours over the live TV show to create he finished look.
“I want to help people understand that we can only do so much in a certain time and how sometimes, #instagramgoals aren’t achieved in one appointment! Slowly, slowly wins the race and we’ve always got to be thinking about the condition and integrity of the hair throughout the process. This silver trend isn’t for everybody, we have to take skin tone and eye colour into account at every stage. Going from dark to blonde or silver is a marathon, not a sprint. To create this look we started with a double pre-lightener application on the mid-lengths and ends before a second application on the roots all with 6%. To tone to the silver we used 30ml 10A +30ml 10v +10ml 8v and a dot of SoBoos Blue.”
News added 31/08/17: It’s been a long time coming, but worth it we feel. Skyler McDonald has finally thrown open the doors to her colour-only salon, Skyler London, and reveals all that she’s been working on so hard. As well as urban-cool surroundings (love the slide from upper to lower floor), we discover a slew of neat and fresh ideas to encourage clients to think again about their hair colour. A price list for services not people, cuts confusion, Nice. The introduction of Kaleidoscope Club is brilliant – pay a monthly fee to access three different levels of colour service, and enjoy unlimited (really!) visits to the salon. Innovations such as a service/space where clients can opt to style their own hair if they wish, are cute, and a 360º Reveal Zone – just like on E! Red Carpet – has adjustable lighting to show how colour looks in different environments. We likey like! Bravo team Skyler, we’re impressed.
News added 14/06/17: We love a seasonal tie-in and a release from Matrix caught our eye. It features ice cream as the main picture. Yep, the colour house cites a new trend for ‘ice-cream’ Colour Melting where multiple tones are blended seamlessly, inspired by the sweet pastels and sumptuous rich hues found in ice cream. This is such a cool way to explain the look to clients, summed up by Matrix as Unicorn Melt; Platinum Melt; Mauve Melt; and Geode Melt. Ashleigh Hodges is a keen advocate for the looks (she’s now stationed with Jamie Stevens in London), and calls it “instant gratification” for clients. Come see:
News added 03/11/16: We’re clocking how Blue Tit salons in London employ a 3-D thinking to promoting both the colour team’s technical skills, and know-how in translating the latest trends into consumer accessible looks. This week they released a double whammy of imagery to catch our attention. First, a menu of colour/style for three key looks from the S/S17 London Fashion Week shows, including block colour, a full fringe, and braiding. They also simultaneously released to us a fab collection – Desert Space, inspired by the apocalypse (think unbearable heat, arid landscapes and destruction), using the salon’s ‘miraging’ technique, to blend bold or contrasting colour patterns within the hair, concealing them with a veil of a natural base created by taking a section around the parting, using it to conceal or ‘mirage’ the colours beneath. Love it!
Hair: Perry Patraszewski, Andi Hinterigger, Bradley Stratton and Pont Smith, Blue Tit London. Colour: Harriet Muldoon. Make-up: Nicky Tavilla. Styling: Claudia Behnke. Photography: Max Oppehiem.
News added 25/08/16: A big loss for London when Aveda’s Ian Michael Black decamped to America a while back, but a win for the brand! Stateside he’s been working hard on all things colour and now reveals his new Eclipting™ service. This is where darker hues are placed around the face to create a frame, then lighter colour through fringes and larger top sections. “We’re using hair colour to create subtle shading placed under a fringe and at times around the face, to gently contour the guest’s natural and distinct beauty,” says Ian. Customised hair colour we adore
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The facts on Eclipting™
• Can be applied to any hair colour, cut or style
• Darker hues are placed around the face to create a frame
• If the guest has a fringe, colour is applied through the fringe area on twisted hair strands to create natural, transitional heightening effects
• Large sections of hair are coloured through the top, twisted and lightened to create dimension and illumination in a quick and easy way
• The technique is versatile and customisable with results varied from natural to expressive. You can reverse the placement of light and dark shades for a different and effective result.
Ian Michael Black works his technique using he Aveda Full Spectrum professional hair colour range is a 96% naturally-derived, customisable system that infuses the hair with natural, botanical oils including: sunflower, castor and jojoba, to enrich the hair with nourishment and healthy-looking shine.
News added 23/06/16: Scrolling through Instagram it’s still flooded with blue as this remains the over-riding top colour choice of Summer 2016 for fashionistas globally. The latest brand to release an all-you-need-for-blue pack is Affinage with its limited edition Blue Denim kit. A 500g Ice Crème ammonia-free powder lightener (in a handy resealable foil bag – cool), a 3%/10 Vol developer, and three tubes of ASP Colour Dynamics Moody, Denim and Azure blues mean you’re good to go. A Pastelizer gives you options for lightening the look and a ‘Create The Look’ guide gives you serious guidance should you need it. So now everyone can get the blues… in the best way possible of course.
News added 09/07/15: The Essential Looks collections from Schwarzkopf Professional are a fabulous resource for salons both for the inspiration and colour techniques they provide, and also as a show-and-tell for the client. The brand’s Colour Decoded national UK tour this summer has rolled out the value in full. Hosted by Head of Education and Events, Stephen McDowell, with Schwarzkopf Professional International Colour Ambassador, Lesley Jennison, decoding the colour work live on stage has engaged audiences in how to work to best effect with the whole of Schwarkopzf Professional Igora Royal portfolio, and the styling of Essential Looks. As well as the seminar section, there was plenty of catwalk action with models presented byEssential Looks ambassadors Dylan Brittain, Charlie Taylor and Suzie McGill giving their interpretations of the three most current Essential Looks trends: Pearlescent Girls, Hippi Glam and Rok Chik to the awe-inspired crowd.
News added 14/05/15: Wella Professionals is soon to launch a new range of Couture Colour Services which is focused on personalized colour and inspired by the bespoke craftsmanship of couture fashion. To help you convey this concept of exquisite artistry and premium expertise in colour, they are offering a simply gorgeous PPQ designer label care bag as a gift to the client. It’s full of the Wella Professionals brand care products and is summer thinking we like!
News added 23/01/15: L’Oréal Professionnel announces former model and style icon Twiggy as their UK brand ambassador. The gorgeous one’s credentials are cited as including a “devotion to personal style and the professional difference of in-salon hairdressing”. She rocks a fantastic head of blonde highlights – perfect for promoting the launch of Majirel High Lift (L’Oréal Professionnel’s coolest blonde formula) and look rather smashing for a lady in her mid Sixties! Bravo to Daniel Galvin who takes care of her these days.
“I am absolutely delighted to become a L’Oréal Professionnel brand ambassador, I truly believe in the skill of the profes- sional hairdresser and am so proud to represent the brand. My hair has always been important to me and has been a big part of my image throughout the years. I hope to inspire women to be confident in their personal style and never be afraid of trying something new.” Says Twiggy, L’Oréal Professionnel UK Ambassador
“It was such a thrill to renew my relationship with Twiggy. We originally worked together back in the swinging Sixties when Leonards (arguably the most famous hairdresser around during that time) and I totally transformed her look into that stunning and remarkable blonde urchin, which led to her launch as the world’s very first supermodel and over- night global success. The Twiggy brickwork colouring tech- nique has taken me to every corner of the globe, educating hairdressers on how to create natural blondes and, to this very day, is the foundation of my own salon teams colour technique.” Says Daniel Galvin OBE, Founder of Daniel Galvin.
“What is there not to love about Twiggy – she has always inspired women to look and feel their best. Recognised for creating global fashion trends within hair and beauty, Twig- gy has always remained loyal to professional hair colour. Her talent and ability to make trends her own makes her such an inspiration and women of all ages are sure to be lifted by her energy and beauty. We’re incredibly excited to welcome her as our UK ambassador for L’Oréal Profession- nel.“ Says Cass Coulston, L’Oréal Professionnel UK General Manager
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