KNOW YOUR SERVICE
It has happened to everyone. You find inspiration in a post online, or a stranger’s hair you pass on the street. You've made your decision, its time for a change. After you've collected an arsenal of Pinterest and Instagram photos of Jennifer Lawrence or some basketball player’s perfectly coiffed model wife, you decide to settle in and finally book your next hair appointment. You pull up a menu of services to choose from online, and the options become overwhelming. “Whats the difference between a single process and, oh my God, how do I even pronounce that? Bay…lee.. what is this? Does it go on my head?”
Let me break it down for you. The world of hair is always changing. As creative professionals, we like to coin phrases like “babylights” and “sombre” and “flamboyage” to reinvent the wheel a little bit and allow ourselves to put a fresh perspective on certain looks. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if you want your hair lighter, darker, or if you simply want a tonal change. So lets go over a few of the salon’s most popular services to help you decide what may be the right one for you.
SINGLE PROCESS COLOR
This one explains itself. One process, one application, one perfect dimensional color. This is typically what you would ask for if you have any grey or regrowth that needs to be covered, and if you are generally happy with your ends but may require a refresher for some shine and tonal adjustment. Single process colors are typically touched up every 4 to 6 weeks.
FOIL / TRADITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Foil highlights are for the old school blondes. For the “why fix it if it ain’t broke?” clients. Using a foil generates a little extra heat for a little extra lift. If you like a consistent highlight from root to end and don't mind a touch up every 6 weeks, this is the service for you. Using a more specific placement, whether its just a few micro pieces around your face, or a head full of so many foils you might be worried you can contact aliens on other planets. E.T. - phone your salon.
BALAYAGE / HAIRPAINTING
The big B word. Pronounced “BAH-LEE-AHGE”, the word means “to sweep or paint” in French. You will see a TON of it in the salon right now. Throughout 2017, the theme in hair has stayed the same - natural. Natural colors and textures are here to stay. Balayage is a perfect technique to enhance your natural color while allowing for a softer, longer grow out. Painted right on the hair, without a foil, it creates a seamless blend from start to finish. This service is more customizable to you, and between you and your stylist, you can decide on a subtle balayage with just a few lighter pieces here and there, or a more dramatic, all over lighter feel. Balayage and hair painting typically does not go anywhere near the scalp, and allows for a more natural, back from the beach color. Since this is a more meticulous service where each highlight is specifically placed, it does take a little longer, typically between 2.5 and 3 hours, and the price may be a little higher. However, price and time is offset when your grow out is much softer, and your touch ups can last up to 8 weeks in between visits.
I am going to be very honest with you here. The picture you have saved to your phone of an Instagram model with an array of hues melted in a perfectly harmonious rainbow is either a wig, photoshopped, or took SEVERAL appointments to achieve. Let me tell you why. You know the saying “Rome was not built in a day”? - neither was that perfect purple melt. Sure, the stylist posted a thirty second video of the application and ta-dah! But what you aren't shown is the (possible) months of preparation it took to be able to create that perfect unicorn mane. There are several things a stylist must consider before performing a vibrant fashion color service. Your natural and preexisting color (meaning previous salon or home color that still lives in those ends), the integrity of your hair, and your commitment to maintaining a fashion color are all huge factors and will need to be discussed during your consultation. Fashion colors are a truly personal service and touch ups can range between 4 to 6 weeks or longer, depending on at home maintenance and if you are a fan of a "rooty" grown out look. I strongly suggest calling the salon to book a consultation before jumping into the service so you and your stylist can create a game plan together on how many appointments it may take you to attain your multicolored goals.
Of course, each and every service you will receive at the salon will be completely unique to you. There is a common misconception that hairstylists don't like pictures. We appreciate and welcome pictures of hair, because even if it isn't an attainable goal in one appointment, it still serves as inspiration for future visits. Now that you know a little more about what service might be the one for you, what are you waiting for? It's time to make that change!