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