Adore-purple hair color
Before and After
Aveda Damage Remedy
So the lovely Kerriann (our blog creator) is one of my favorite clients. She always wants to change up her look and do something fun and creative. This time around Kerriann went from having a dark to light ombre to a dark to PURPLE ombre. We also cut about 3 inches off of her length and gave her lots of fun layers to give her lots of volume and movement. I am going to outline what I did:
1. I first applied a single process color on her new-growth. This time around Kerriann wanted to go a shade darker so I did not have to worry about not being able to lift the color. I used Aveda color and the formula is 4n+ violet/red + 10volume.
2. I then applied the color to her mid-lengths. I used a different formula as she had previously colored in this area. I used Aveda color and the formula is 4n + violet/red + 20volume.
3. For her ends I was going to have to get it as light as possible so that the purple color would stick. I used enlightener and 10 volume on ½ her head and then enlightener and 20 volume on the other ½ so that it would lift all at the same time. Instead of back-combing (as you normally do for an ombre) I took sections of her hair and put them in a foil and feathered the enlightener up so not to create a line. I also did not leave any hair out as Kerriann wanted her ends to be all be purple. I processed it until it got close to pale yellow, with no heat.
4. Once she was fully processed I started by rinsing out the single process first and slowly started rinsing out the foils as not to darken her ends. I rinsed it throughly and then used the Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo and hair masque. I wanted to impart a lot of strength and protein to Kerriann’s hair as we were doing a lot of different processes to it.
5. Once she was throughly shampooed I towel dried her hair and put the 2 different purple colors in 2 bowls. I then went back thru all the sections that were lightened and painted in the purple using the same foiling technique as for the lightening process. You must make sure to saturate each section thoroughly as not to allow the blonde to shine thru. I used the Adore brand of hair color. You must let this sit under heat for up to 15minutes. If you can not put it under heat let it sit longer and put a towel on your head to generate some heat from your scalp.
6. Once the 15 minutes were up I rinsed again and shampooed and conditioned again. The end result was a beautiful, creative ombre that looked amazing on Kerriann!
Sorry I have been gone for the past couple of weeks, things have been super hectic in the hair world.
So now that it is finally feeling like winter and your feeling like getting out of the winter blues change up your hair. And the best way to do it is get some bangs! Whether they’re full and square, short and rounded or just swept to the side, bangs frame the face and accentuate the eyes. If you don’t want to commit to actual bangs (I know the grow out sucks!) go out and buy a clip in bang, commitment-free style.
When styling, start drying the bangs first and remember to use the nozzle attachment on your blow-dryer. The key to getting the perfect style is by directing the airflow straight down from the root . Using a vent or denman brush and brushing side to side will keep them sleek. If you don’t want to commit to actual bangs (I know the grow out sucks!) go out and buy a clip in bang, commitment-free style. Here are the different ways of getting bangs.
So ladies bang it up this winter and give your hairstyle a fun new change.
So recently at work some of the stylists have been talking about chalking hair. I pretended I knew what they were talking about but really had no clue (haha). So last week I had the pleasure of learning about chalking and be a model. This is a fun way of using pop colors in your hair without the commitment as it washes right out. Here are the steps to chalking your hair.
-Buy a non oil based chalk. Try and use something that is higher in quality as the colors will be richer, so no sidewalk chalk.
-Make sure your hair is damp.
-Apply a pomade to the area that is going to be chalked. Again try and not to use something oil based because once the chalk is applied it can rub off if too oily.
-Take a section of your hair and twist it and start applying the chalk to the area you want. You just need to rub the chalk onto your hair you may have to do this for a minute. Use multiple colors throughout your hair for a funky look or a different color on the ends for an ombre effect.
-Apply a hairspray, something that goes on wet.
-Flat iron the section of your hair with the chalk to set it.
-Apply hairspray one last time and voila you are chalked!
So go out there and buy some chalk and have fun with colors. Remember it washes out so it isn’t permanent just a fun new technique to give you a little pop!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone, hope you all have a wonderful day filled with laughter, joy and food!!!!!
So last week I had the pleasure to do my besties hair. After a hard couple of weeks dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Cheryl was ready to get a little pampering. It had been a little over 6 weeks since the last time I had done a partial highlight on her and many months since she had, had a haircut. So this time we decided to add in a lowlight to give her some dimension and bring her into the fall. I used the Aveda color line. For my colorists out there her formula was daylight + 40 volume, enlightener + 20 volume + 7n permanent + violet/blue + 20 volume. After she was done processing I put a toner on her just to freshen up the previous highlights she had and give her a little shine. The formula for that was Universal 0n + 10n + violet/blue + light yellow/orange + crème cta. I let the toner sit on for about 5 minutes.
I used the Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo and Conditioner on Cheryl. This line will give you lots of body and movement without drying out your hair.
For Cheryl’s haircut she wanted to improve the health/condition of her hair but still wanted to maintain length while adding some volume/weight. We agreed on taking 1 1/2” off all around and giving her square layers. By doing square layers Cheryl was able to receive that extra volume without loosing length or exposing too much. I freshened up her front angle and trimmed her bang as she is growing it out/wants to keep them long.
For her blowout I used lots of volumizing products. I used the Pure Abundance Style Prep, Volumizing Tonic and then blew her out. Once she was all dry and I went in and checked the haircut and then used some finishing products. I used Light Elements Smoothing fluid (to add shine) and the Pure Abundance Hair Potion. This product is one of my absolute FAVORITES! It gives you lots of volume at the root, keeps oil down and has a little hold in it. I am obsessed.
In the end Cheryl felt great about herself and her look for the fall and I was so happy to do it for her.
I hope that all of you are ok post the wake of Hurricane Sandy. I feel very fortunate that my apartment in New Jersey was fine and we were able to be a safe haven for our friends. It is so sad that homes are still without power, heat or hot water. We need to get out there and help our neighbors in need.
So this week I want to talk about the tousled, easy wind blown hair look.
1. Dampen hair and add a wave enhancing product such as Sally Hershberger’s Wave Enhancing Foam or Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray.
2. Either using a diffuser or your hands dry hair with high heat and low speed on your hair dryer and scrunching while you dry. If you are using your hands to scrunch be careful to no let your hair get to frizzy.
3. Once your hair is dry you can use a curling iron. I recommend a 1” curling iron or curling wand and just take random pieces of hair and wrap your hair around the iron and release downward. This will give a little more structure to that wind blown/beach look.
4. Finish your hair with a light hairspray like Aveda’s Air Control.
I started doing my bestie Alena’s hair a little less then a year ago. We started out by doing an ombre on her. Her base color was a mid reddish brown and every time I touched up the base color I would add more ombre pieces. Eventually Alena had a full ombre (she wanted to start off slowly because she didn’t want too much of a shock) This past weekend she decided to go all one color. She wanted the end result to be a deeper chocolate shade, her inspiration being Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”. Here is step by step of what we did.
1. First I had to fill in the ombre pieces, because if we had put the end result color on her the ombre would still shine thru. I used a demi permanent brown color with no tones and had it sit for 30 minutes. (Color formula: 5n + ½ creme cta and ½ liquid cta-Aveda color line)
2. We washed and dried her ends.
3. Alena only had less then 1” of new growth so it was not required to create 2 formulas for her new growth and ends. If she did have lots of new growth I could have created two formulas just to avoid hot root or having a difference between the new growth and mid-lengths and ends.
4. I applied the new color on her new growth first. Then I went thru section by section and applied it to the mid-lengths and ends. Doing it this way was time consuming, however it is very important to make sure that the hair is evenly saturated so that the old color does not come thru. (Color formula: ½ 5n + ½ 4n + dark yellow/orange + dark blue/violet + 20 volume)
5. After processing for 30 minutes I rinsed the color out thoroughly and did 1 shampoo with Aveda’s Color Conserve shampoo. This shampoo is very gentle, helps lock in the color for longer, prevents fading and has a wonderful wintergreen aroma. I then applied a shine coat on her hair. (Color formula: 0n + creme cta) The shine coat gave her added shine and more softness to her hair. We had that sit for 5 minutes, for added results you could have the shine coat sit for a full 20 minutes. We did 1 more shampoo with Aveda’s Dry Remedy (for added moisture) and then I used the Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Masque.
6. And voila Alena’s color is rich and beautiful and she is ready for fall.
Did you kids watch the Emmy’s this year? I am not always the biggest fan of watching award shows, however this one was actually really good. I was so happy that one of my favorite shows “Homeland” won so many awards!!!!
Now onto the most important topic, hair! I felt like there was an overall theme which was effortless glamour. It seemed like gone were the days of stiff updo’s and overdone make-up and the main focus was allowing their natural beauty to come out. The dresses ran the gambit from architectural to ethereal but still the hair had a very just got out of bed look. Not saying that is a bad thing, I love the idea of having a couture gown on and then toning down the hair and makeup. Sometimes at award shows the women look like barbie dolls but at the Emmy’s this year they looked effortless and chic. Bravo women of television for showing some restraint and letting the gowns shine.
So fashion week is officially over and as always it was amazing and inspiring. The hairstyles were all about innovation and looking into the future. There were sleek up-dos, edgy, morning-after styles, and flat-ironed waves. So ladies take a cue from fashion week and get your hair did.
TUCKED UNDER BRAID:
This tucked under braid was seen at the Jason Wu show. To get the “wet and shiny” look, dampen the hair and apply a shine elixir. Then make a deep side part and brush the hair back at the ear, keeping the front section loose. The back section of hair should be tightly braided just against the scalp, then rolled under and pinned. Pin the front section into a finger curl and set the look with a generous spritz of strong hold hairspray.
This feminine and flirty look was seen at the Tory Burch show. If your hair is not very long you can add hair extensions to achieve this look. Braid the hair into a low braid and use a clear elastic at the end. To relax the style, pull pieces of the braids apart for an un-done, wispy effect. The great thing about this look is that it is effortless and you do not need to use hair products to achieve it. So if you are a girl on the go you can achieve this look quickly and look fantastic.
The roughed-up ponytails at Marc Jacobs were very rock n’ roll and New York. To create this über cool-girl look, spray your hair with a prep spray and then rough dry (after combing in a deep side part). Add dry shampoo at the roots and crown, to give the hair major lift, gathered it all back into a ponytail at the nape, and pulled out a few random strands for that morning-after look.
So girls go out there with these new looks and look your most fabulous selves!!!!!
So even though we are walking into fall here in NYC fashion week is reminding us that the beauty of spring is just a season away. So far I have seen a couple of cool hair trends for spring 2013 on the runways.
-Piecey Windblown Hair: BCBG and Peter Som were showing girls with a very relaxed vibe. This look is all about effortless hair, but of course with anything you gotta do a little work to get this chic downtown hair. To create the style roughly blow dry and part the hair askew before setting it in loose pin curls. To finish, tousle with styling wax and dust with hair powder to add volume and texture.
-Asymmetrical Partings: Richard Chai added a modern shape by including asymmetrical partings to the low ponytail. At first glance it looks like a regular pony, but look again and you notice something’s a little off. To get this look section off the top part of hair at ear level and smooth the rest into a flat ponytail at the nape. Release the upper section, flat iron to remove any kinks and do a deep side part in line with the arch of your eyebrow. Draw another diagonal part a few inches back and tuck these sections into the existing pony. Seal with gel for extra hold.
Sorry I missed the mark on posting last week…I was a serious worker bee at my salon….hope you missed me!
Any who onto more important things, now that labor day has come and gone that means summer is over :(….and fall is quickly coming. So in the spirit of the fall its time to go dark, darker with your color that is. For our blonde friends no more extra blonde highlights and looking super blonde. Tell your stylist that you are looking for more contrast and want to throw in some darker blonde or light brunette highlights to get you ready for the fall. For our brunette friends instead of going darker think about throwing in some lighter brunette (either highlights, peek-a-boo or ombre) pieces to give you a little contrast. This will help brighten up your skin while we sadly are loosing the beautiful tan skin of summer.
So while our days are shortening and we are throwing on more layers getting for the nippy weather, get your hair ready and do some lowlights for fall!