Before & After: Going Darker

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?
BEFOREbalayage-before-and-after
AFTERwarm-dark-chocolate-brunette

Bronde Balayage

“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).
bronde balayage highlights

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?
blonde-with-violet-peekaboo-highlights subtle-violet-peekaboo-highlights

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.
dark-chocolate-brunette-balayage

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.
streched-root stretched-root-highlights

 

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?
BEFORE highlights before and after
AFTERcool blonde highlightsplatinum blonde highlights

Greenery and Hair Color

First post of 2017 calls for a timely 2017 related subject, right? Real creative, I know. Well here’s something I wanted to discuss back in 2016 but held out for all of three weeks when I started thinking about it.

pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-greeneryPantone recently released it’s “Color of the Year” for 2017 and I just have to give my opinion of interpretation on this and how it applies to the beauty industry. The 2017 Color of the Year “Greenery” is a warm, yellow-green spring shade that will be a beautiful option to try as an eyeshadow with a pink or nude lip. It is so easter-clean-spring-grassish and will look absolutely amazing on people with brown or blue eyes.

Now, with that being said, I MUST demand that people realize where the color of the year is practical and beautiful and where it is absolutely NOT acceptable. Please, please, please, I beg of you, do not interpret the color of the year to be somehow acceptable as a hair color. Read this again, carefully: The 2017 Greenery Color of the Year is not acceptable as a hair color, IN ANY WAY. LOL. I’m sorry to be so dramatic about this but sometimes I just feel people think that the Color Of The Year, once it is announced, is trendy and can go on anywhere and anything. No folks, certainly for 2017 this is not the case when it comes to hair color so don’t even think about throwing in some greenery inspired streaks or doing an all over green color like it.

There’s a reason Oscar The Grouch is so grouchy, ok, and it is because he lives in a trash can and his hair is green. Green on hair, and nails for that matter, is associated with poor maintenance and fungus, so there’s absolutely no reason to artificially recreate a color on your hair that mother nature uses to give off as a warning to others.

So, are we all in aGREENment about this? ๐Ÿ˜‰