Mermaid Balayage

You know you’re truly passionate about something when a scenario like this sits in your chair. A client came to me with immensely long, thick, strong and healthy hair. She wanted to go lighter overall but maintain her natural color blend so it would grow out nicely. With hair this long and thick, you can expect at LEAST a 3.5 hour+ appointment for proper application and processing. Some stylists would be like “oh $hit this is going to take forever”, and hey, it does, lol but I literally love doing hair color and couldn’t wait to get started. I gave her sun kissed, Β beige and golden toned blonde highlights through a technique of balayage and tipping. The result is so new and natural.

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PBA Beacon 2017

Just wanted to share that today I was recognized by the Professional Beauty Association for my submission to their Beacon program and received an honorable mention. This means I am invited to participate in the Professional Beauty Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, which they call “PBA Beauty Week“. Events include the Cosmoprof trade show (which I am most excited about), the North American Hairstyling Awards, and about a bajillion opportunities to network and meet with any and all industry related companies and representatives. Attending a convention of this magnitude will be overwhelming for me in a good way – between education, product development, brand awareness, influencers, hair shows, I know I will need to go in there with a plan of action or I will literally lose myself LOL.

Anyways, excited for the event in July and appreciate the acknowledgement of my work by the Professional Beauty Association. Add that bullet point to the resume! You can watch the video announcement of all winners below to see my name, or just fast forward to the 2 minute mark haha (I’m under “Iowa”). A full list of 2017 winners is also available here.

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KC Trip: The Aveda Jam

My model Tomi and I with stylist Jon Reyman

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.

Me with Aveda Global Artistic Director of Hair Color Ian Michael Black

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!

PHOTOS FROM THE AVEDA JAM 2017 KANSAS CITY SHOW

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Purple Pops

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?
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Brunette Dimension and Shine

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.
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The Stretched Root

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.
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Blonded All Over

I love making a blonde blonde again! I’m a big believer in highlights versus all over color, especially when it comes to light blonde. Why? With highlights, even if you do a very heavy, fine foil all over to achieve nearly Barbie perfection blonde, I still like the fact that the client’s natural color is embedded subtly in the hair. It offers a natural dimension that goes away if you do an all over color. The process takes a little longer to do but it’s so worth it and gives the client less of a demarcation line (ie roots) as her hair grows out. See a great example below of a full foil I did on a client recently. The coverage is great but she still has dimension from her natural shade. What do you think?
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