Frequently Asked Questions

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair color, with softer, less noticeable re-growth.
The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the color.
It’s a great method if you want to refresh your color but don’t want to go for a bold look.
Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of color. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.
How long does it take to do balayage?
The depth of balayage can vary so much from a few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours.
If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of color you can do.
Investing in some good quality color care styling products is also advisable to keep your color looking fresh for longer.
If your color turns brassy after a while you can refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.
The definition of balayage itself is a French word meaning scanning or sweeping.
#1. True French balayage is not done using any foil or meche strips (which is often done in the US and called balayage).
#2. French balayage should be painted vertically, keeping the color only on the top of the hair strand, then layering depth on the ends. Never should it be brushed or pushed down the hair!
#3. French balayage is a highlighting technique, not a color or shade.
#4. Real French balayage should always look and feel natural; a graceful messy even. Imperfection is key. It is the European finesse of the French, and being “cool” without trying.
The reason that I started to do Strandlights was that a lot of my clients wanted a low-maintenance finish that would transition their locks from summer to fall.
With their natural color being the inspiration, I love to focus on the detail around the face and maintain their natural depth with strategically placed highlights.
The goal? Create the look of a diffused root without the use of artificial color.
Strandlights are perfect for detailing an ombré or balayage, or for touching up highlights.
This color technique is also ideal for guests who want to blend in gray, while utilizing their natural pigment.
The illusion the application creates will trick the eye into believing you’re a natural blonde or natural sandy brunette, when in fact, you’re rocking 40 percent gray.
Yes. A new color technique recently made its debut on Instagram, and it could potentially replace babylights as your go-to for highlighting.
Strandlights focus on the hairline (and its interior) for a bright, natural, sun-kissed finish that will fade oh so seamlessly.
We wanted to learn more about this new technique, What Are Strandlights?Think of them as the youngest sibling of babylights.
They require about a third of the density, and are designed to mimic the “ponytail blonde”—a brighter, natural hairline with hints of light in the interior courtesy of the sun. The best part? Zero horizontal grow out!
How long hair color-correction takes varies, depending on the results you’re looking to achieve.
The law of color tells us for optimum [color-correction hair] results, we must have optimum condition of the [hair] fiber or as close as possible to that goal. A professional consultation is very important to determine if the goals are attainable.
The time needed to perform a color correction hair service varies due to the specific nature and current condition of each hair type and additional visits may be required depending on how much you want to tone or color-correct the hair.”
The condition and health of the hair can also determine how long the effects of the color-corrector can last because as a demi-permanent haircolor, Shades EQ is designed to gradually fade over time.




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