I went back to work in August this year after giving birth to my son Keon in May. Being self employed doesn’t afford the luxury of 9 months off! As I was settling back in to working life and getting used to having 2 kids it came to my attention that a local premises was soon going to become vacant. We were outgrowing the current salon but I was planning on staying put for at least another year if not more.
But me being me couldn’t resist enquiring about the potential new salon. So after tracking down the landlady I arranged a viewing.
The salon is right near where I live so I had often driven past and thought what a good spot it was. On the main road, free parking, big windows, and it looked a good size from the outside. But I had never been in just admired from a far. I have to admit then when I finally walked through to door my heart sunk. It had been quite neglected and was pretty run down. It needed a lot of work to bring it up to date. But again me being me, this salon was already The Colour Lounge in my head, so told the landlady i’d take it there and then.
The next few weeks consisted of lots of quotes from various tradesmen. Electricians, plumbers, plasterers and decorators we had them all in. With a 3 year old and a 3month old at home it was honestly a nightmare and I did wonder if I’d taken on too much too soon. I was up every night till midnight online shopping for salon furniture and fittings as well as working in the existing salon. My son wasn’t and still isn’t sleeping through the night. A few times I was ready to give it up, I literally thought it was impossible and way too much for me to handle! But I got there in the end. I can honestly say it was one of the most stressful, difficult tasks I have ever taken on!
So fast forward 10 weeks and the salon was complete. A few mishaps along the way but I made it. I had my opening night on October 17th and I felt so proud of myself and excited for my new venture. Looking forward to expanding my business more and more!
It has taken Khloe K 2 years to get to this colour from brunette. It didn’t happen over night. This picture is the most popular pic of all time for client requests at the moment, because spring/summer is approaching and we want to be blonde!
If that is your plan its definitely time to get the process started, because often with colour build up to work through and the process can be a long one that takes time and patience. Its not EVER something that should be attempted at home, trying to save money in the short term may cost you way more in the long term when a professional needs to correct your home bleach job!
This spring/summer the techniques are low maintenance. Once your desired lightness is achieved the trend is much more natural, beachy blondes rather than traditional foiled highlights of the past. Rather than 6-8 weekly appointments you can stretch your salon visits further, with tonal top ups in between. Balayage has replaced foils for our most requested service and clients are favouring lived in, rooty, freehand colour over back to back neat, uniform foils.(Khloe has a combination of the foils and balayage).
A consultation should always be done before an appointment and strand tests carried out if necessary, so there are no surprises during your appointment. During a consultation your eye colour and skin tone should be looked at so that you can find the most complimentary tones for your newly blonde hair. You should be shown pictures not only of your end result but of any in between stages you may go through on your colour journey, so you know exactly what to expect every step of the way.
Blonde hair does require more attention when it comes to home care. When you are removing natural pigment from the hair, you will undoubtedly also remove some of its natural moisture and lipids so this has to be compensated for. Light hair needs extra nourishment so be prepared to invest in good, SALON QUALITY shampoo, conditioners and treatments. Tresemme isn’t going to cut it here. (See previous post on homecare). Ask for Olaplex, the best product to hit the market in years. Investing a bit more will make your journey to blonde faster and keep your hair in tip top condition along the way. Your stylist should recommend a home care regime during your consultation.
Patrick Cameron is THE MAN when it’s comes to updos. He’s been at the top of his game for over 20years. When I first qualified as a hairdresser (13 years ago) my boss at the time sent me on one of his courses in London and I have followed his work ever since. He is the most amazing presenter and even if your not into hair up you can’t help but listen and watch his shows.
So… Last week I was lucky enough in my role as a Wella Brand Educator to work with him up in Glasgow. We coloured his demo models hair and I presented the colour work on stage with the man himself. He was great fun to work with, one of the nicest down the earth hairdressers I’ve ever met at that level!
A fantastic experience all round, and I get to do it all again next week in Oxford
I have never been a good sales person. When I worked in London, I was charging a lot of money for colour. My clients average bill was over £100 so I always felt awful trying to sell retail products that would bump up the bill even more, even though I knew it would benefit their hair I just couldn’t do it! Contrary to popular belief us hairdressers don’t make much money from selling clients shampoo. The usual retail commission rate is 10% so we make £1.50 on a £15 shampoo. Its not that much is it? For all the time and effort it takes to explain the benefits to a client I honestly could not be bothered for £1.50. So I let them carry on telling me how good Herbal Essences is, and cried inside because essentially I was wasting my time. No matter how skilled I am the majority of supermarket shampoos are working against me. Let me tell you why…..
The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is overused. BUT in the case it is true and below are just a few reasons….
1 Ingredients. One of the main reasons professional products cost more is the quality of the ingredients. Silicone for example is an ingredient widely contained in both commercial and professional products, but there are many different kinds. Cheap silicones are not water soluble and form a coating on your hair, making your hair feel smooth and look shiny. This is especially true after using a cheap conditioner. It doesn’t penetrate the surface of the hair though so its not working to repair damage inside the hair its just fools you into thinking that because it feels smooth . Over time you get a build up (as its not water soluble) and your hair will become brittle.
2. Research. A few years ago I worked for a product company whilst they did a big relaunch of their care line. The chemists in America had managed to replicate the DNA of human hair and bottle it. It took them 10 years of research and development and to this day I have not found a better product (its Joico btw). I only recommend these products to my clients. Do you honestly think that much research goes into Treseme that costs £2 a litre?
3. Sulphates. The cleansing agents in a shampoo are called sulphates. Cheap ones will strip the dirt from your hair, along with the natural oils and the hair colour you paid to have put in! The sulphates in professional products are much milder and kinder to your hair. Its like washing your face with a cheap soap vs a nice moisturising facewash. Which makes your skin feel better??
I could go on but I think you get where i’m going …and please take note!
Ombre hair colour has got to be one of the most requested techniques for the last few years. Some got it right but many got it very wrong (mainly due to the dreaded box colours!) Thankfully 2015 welcomes a new more natural trend which goes by the name of Ecaille… (French for tortoise shell). A fusion of brunette shades, similar to the varying shades of brown of a tortoise. The look is more natural and darker than we’ve seen over the last few years.
Think a darker, glossier version of your natural colour with slightly lighter warmer tones worked through. A sophisticated, grown up ombre. The difference in colours should only vary by a shade or two and usually be applied using a balayage technique rather than traditional foils.
As always your colour should be matched to your skin tone so for warm skin tones the richer the better, shades of brown sugar, fudge and butternut work well together.
Cooler skin tones work best with hues of espresso, bitter chocolate, almond beige and biscuit blonde.
Im excited to take some of my clients to the dark side!!