Fun with hair color. No seriously, fun with actual hair color versus your classic bleach and tone to achieve natural looking, sunkissed highlights. Sometimes a client sits in your chair with unprocessed, virgin hair and you can use hair color to lift versus traditional bleach. Yes, I’ve posted about this before, so sorry to bore you if this feels too familiar. I just love the outcome of using hair color when you can – the lift and result is so natural and I do this process on clients whenever I can! Below is an example of lifting this client’s natural brunette shade one to two levels to get some sunkissed pops. Don’t you love the beige and caramel dimension?
A couple weeks ago I spent the weekend in Kansas City with a group of classmates to attend a hair show called the “Aveda Jam”. The “Jam” show concept/style is new to Aveda and Kansas City was their very first location to try it out. They held it at the Madrid Theatre in the Westport neighborhood and I was fortunate enough to be asked for the opportunity to do a cut or style on stage during the show, essentially “performing” with not only some extremely talented stylists in the midwest region but also with the Aveda Global Artistic Director of Hair Styling, Ricardo Dinis. The show also included Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Hair Color, Ian Michael Black, and featured Van Council of Van Michael Salons. Who else can I name drop LOL? Oh yeah, they also invited stylist Jon Reyman (pictured w/ yes the Kenzo Tiger sweater).
My experience for the Aveda Jam was outstanding. I cannot believe the kind of talent that was on stage and frankly as a student I didn’t feel “qualified” at all to be up there. But hey, when someone asks you to do something like this, you just say “yes” and go with it. I had a little under two weeks to prepare for the show, getting a model and even coming up with a look that I could do on stage in 20 minutes, but didn’t let that stress me out because I knew I would have the support of so many people in the audience. Truly I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Even better than the Aveda Jam show was the “watch and learn” segment that just our group of students got to have with Ian Michael Black and Ricardo Dinis. Basically an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” for hair stylists, we got to watch Ricardo do a full cut and style and get industry insight from Ian Michael Black. This education was so good and “awakening” in terms of my career and passion that I started crying at the end. YES. You read that right. I started CRYING haha. I can’t say I’ve had a public or private cry in a long time so this surprised me. And of course this happened right before we took pictures as a group and with the Global Artists so my face looks swollen. Go figure, I’m an ugly crier but honestly, who cries pretty? One of my friends saw the picture I posted with Ian Michael Black (above) and told me that my face reminded her of Charlize Theron in the movie “Monster”. She meant it in the nicest way possible and we both laughed about it.
Anyways, this little Kansas City trip was such an incredible experience and I am so thankful I got to participate in it. I hope Aveda does another Jam here in Des Moines, and would suggest for anyone to attend this type of show since it is high energy, there’s a DJ and an open bar. It’s definitely a show not just for industry professionals!
In an era of balayage, ombre, color melt, stretched root madness, it’s nice to get a client who is ready to take their balayage to something else. Change. Is. Good! And with hair color, change doesn’t have to be permanent either. My client actually loved her balayage color but has had it for so long that she was wanting to see something different, but also kind of ‘scared’ she wouldn’t like it as much. I told her the fun thing about hair color is we can always change it back to where you started if it’s not your favorite. As long as you consider the integrity of your hair, go for change and try new things!
To change up this client’s sunkissed shade, we opted for a dark chocolate brunette color all over. What’s nice is the highlighted pieces capture the color a little lighter than her virgin (untreated) hair and so she already has dimension instead of being an all over solid shade. What do you think?
“Bronde” and “Balayage” – ok spellcheck with tell you that neither is a real word in the English language but these are the terms you need to use if you want a hair color like the one below. Unless your hairstylist lives under a rock, they should know what you’re trying to achieve. And take this picture with you too.
Color by Lauren Caleb (yes I totally just referenced myself in the 3rd person).
Let’s talk about fashion colors in hair. By fashion colors I mean pretty much any unnaturally occurring color in the hair, as in not brown, black, red, or blonde yellow. The “non-naturals” are becoming so second nature (for lack of a better term) and that makes me excited. There’s a way to incorporate them in to your hair that still looks, in my opinion, professional and not like a teenage mistake.
Below is a recent purple “peekaboo” I did on a client who wanted those subtle pops but still had to keep her overall hair color workplace friendly. I love how the purple adds in a dimension of fun but isn’t screaming for attention either. What do you think?
Last post was about making a blonde blonde again, so therefore it follows that I must post about making a brunette a brunette again. The fun thing about hair color is you don’t need to do anything drastic in order to achieve a beautiful ‘upgrade’ as I like to call it. This client came in with all natural dark hair, an almost black to all black shade. She wanted a change but to still stay very much in the brunette family, and asked if we could do some balayage/highlights on her hair to add in more dimension. Typically to do this you would need to highlight (bleach) the hair that you wanted lighter and then tone it with additional hair color to the hue that you want. What is fun about all natural/virgin hair however is that instead of bleaching there is a gentler option using just hair color to get the life and vibrancy you want. Aveda has a permanent hair color line called Deep that was formulated specifically to lift dark, natural virgin hair. This client was more than a great candidate for the Deep line and so I was able to do a balayage application technique on her to achieve a rich, shiny dark chocolate brunette color that still kept in her natural base color. If your hair is currently ‘virgin’, as in not treated with hair color or highlights, then this is definitely a great option for you!
Color and style by me.
Another low maintenance hair color option to consider for those of you wanting to “stretch” times in between your highlight appointments. The “stretched root” is a technique where you can combine highlights with a darker, rootier blended base. The method allows for your new growth to blend in better with your lighter color and essentially you can continue to grow out your natural color as long as you like it! Below are pictures of a stretched root and highlight I did recently – although the base color is subtle it gives the client a more blended option and therefore she can grow her hair out longer without worrying about having a harsh line of new growth that can happen with just doing traditional foils right to the scalp.