‘technical hairdressing with a touch of magic’
IN THIS ARTICLE, GEMMA EXPLAINS THE NEW TECHNIQUES AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS AND HOW SHE IS BRINGING A LITTLE BIT OF ALCHEMY TO WALTER ROAD.
My role was to showcase new techniques to salons up and down the UK, but I found that the terminology now used isn’t known to the client. So here is a guide to the new colour techniques and what they mean.
Balayage – pronounced bah-lay-ahge
This is a late 90’s revival. It’s a French term meaning to sweep, this a technique not a colour choice meaning it can be done in any shade!
The colourist will choose a shade to suit your skin tone and paint colour into your hair to create a natural sun kissed effect. It’s as if you’ve been on a sunny holiday for 2 months then…..back home for one. The look is generally rooty, low maintenance – it will suit everybody but consider if you’d like to see a visible root.
Another French term meaning to shadow or shade, ombré is a gradual change in colour usually starting at a darker colour at the root fading to a lighter colour on the ends. The colourist will work with whatever colour palette you choose. You can have coppers, reds, blondes or brown. The colourist will then pick three colours in your chosen colour palette and blend them all into each other beautifully.
This look can be as subtle or dramatic as you wish.
Think highlights younger precious little sister.
Babylights are super fine highlights that just appear with no lines or demarca-tions. Babylights are a fantastic option for big blonde colour changes as you will cover maximum hair. This should only be undertaken by an experienced colourist as it is very intricate and detailed work and leaves very little margin for error.
This is also known as the money piece – something we have become known for – it features a large highlight at the front of your hairline. A balayage or ombré can break with the norm of having a root effect as you also get a striking piece right up to the root at the front. This can be as bold or as subtle as you wish. My advice – go bold! It is the defining look of 2019.
Strobing is also known as hair contouring – just like the geographical term for highs and lows.
The colourist will work with your face shape to enhance it using lighter and darker colours. The technique works with anything from Balayage to babylights, or what we often do is a mixture of both. Rather than following a traditional highlighting pattern where only 50% of your hair is coloured, strobing allows you to colour what you see.
If you want to experience the magic at It’s Science, contact Gemma and her team on 01792 412458