Should you do what’s trending?

First you see it on a celebrity, next a friend and you start to think maybe it would look good on you. A few weeks later random people on social media are wearing it now it’s spreading faster than bad news!

By now you know you must try it, but will it look the same on you? Will it look as good?

Barb wire eyebrows via Popsugar

Everyone is different and while some trends are universal whike other depend on the individuality of the person.

With hair trends not everyone suits white platinum blonde hair nor everyone can achieve it. Hair texture condition and history is very different so it’s not always achievable nor desirable. Get a consultation before you decide that balayagè or a pastel color is right for you!

Curtain bangs
Pale blonde root smudge
Pastel pink

How to get pastel colors

A lot of social media tends to make us think things are easy or perfect for some and why not everyone. A celebrity only posting holiday photos or a person one day brown hair next day pastel pink. Life is not as perfect as you think for 99.9% of people and nothing comes easy, some days are awesome and some days just suck. But that’s life and it’s beautiful.

To go pastel colors, can be done yes, is it easy and quick NO! Is it low Maintainence… NO! Will it damage your hair? Chances are yes!

Frequently we get asked to go platinum or ash blonde as if it’s available for anyone who asks and yet the reality is it’s not. If you have been coloring your hair dark then 2 weeks later decide ash blonde would look good for the weekend, it’s not going to happen! The darker your hair is the more warm pigment it has,the more warm pigment the more unlikely your hair will simply go white as easy as you expect. Can we do it, yes! Will it happen in one sitting No!

Now we don’t want to put you off visiting the salon but we are known for being brutally honest because we care more about your hair than anything. It may mean cutting some of your hair off, it may mean moving towards the desired color over a period of time or it may simply mean it’s not going to happen. Whatever the case we will go through the process and give you all the options.

Now to go pastel you have to get to a pale blonde first in majority of cases. Once you are a pale blonde then you are a blank canvas and pastel colors on your hair are easy and you can change your look literally every week if you feel like it.

Via Kefan Weng

Do we have the colors, YES! Will your hair be able to sustain itself for us to color it and keep it in one piece? That we need to see.

What is shadow colouring

Colouring hair is as much about selection and current state of the canvas as it is about placement. The art of doing less for more impact is smart and essential if you want to have healthy hair. Shadow coloring is about placement of color to help other colors pop. Can be that you want to go lighter or it’s too gold so adding a darker ash element helps give the illusion that the existing color is lighter and not gold.

If you have an off white wall beside a white wall suddenly the off white wall looks very off white. Now put the off white wall beside a dark brown or black wall suddenly it looks completely white. It’s an illusion but it works every time! Same concept with hair, to get the blonde to look blonde

The darker sections here show through and help the blonde to pop!

Balayagè started out as a merging of colors that blend rather than a overall lightening effect. You can vary the density of color however it you want low Maintainence then for darker tones naturally it’s best to limit the exposure.

Whilst this is balayagè it’s completely coloured on the ends making it more dip dyed with no variation.

Now shadowing color on the roots or smudging blends the root color ( your natural color ) through to give you a blended tone change from roots to ends and can be done to correct or blend a regrowth or to help grow out your color. If you want to grow out a solid color whilst still using the color on the mid lengths and ends this is a great way to do it!

Root smudge to remove regrowth markings

So before getting balayagè check the variations as there are many but most of all make sure you know if you want solid or a more broken up result.

How to grow out your color!

Tired of colouring your hair every month?

We have been overwhelmed with the amount of people who are tired of covering the grey or “ white” hair and honestly we love it! Imagine all the free time and extra money you will save! The thought of not having to plan your life around regrowth.

Once you have decided, now the hard part of actually managing and navigating your way out in a way that leaves you feeling human. It can be confusing and you will most likely get conflicting advice so expect it. There is no easy way that won’t leave you question your decision several times so it’s important you are strong. A lot of times, white hair or natural hair is more flattering than a blanket coverage!

How it started and how it’s going

It’s a long journey if you have length, especially if you have a darker color, the contrast can be huge and you will be tempted to fall but don’t!

Here are a few ways to help you through the transition

If you have just started it’s ok there are things you can do now to help the process. Depending on how dark you have been colouring it as to what needs to be done but for argument sake imagine it’s 80% white and you have been colouring it brown or dark brown.

Via Sparklingsilvers

Within a few weeks you will be hit with white roots so if you wanted to lighten the overall hair now is the time to do it. If you wait and try to do this later you will end up with not as clean of a canvas, better to lighten the ends or darker hair now slightly (1-2 shades not more )

Now the next step can be either simply leaving it grow out or transitioning with color. How it’s done with color is by continually coloring the regrowth, slightly lighter each time ( 1/4-1/2 shade ) and have it translucent rather than a solid coverage. Once you get used to seeing the white hair stained the next step of seeing it natural won’t be so stark!

Be warned that along the way someone will say get some lowlights. Now tgis may be a hood idea for you and that depends from person to person but if you are planning on growing it out, doing another process at the roots that you ultimately have to grow out too is counter productive.

Low lights on a full head of white hair, with no solid color growing out
10 months into grow out

Remember match the tone, white hair looks grey, it’s white! It gives an ash look so the color on the ends needs to be ash or it will have too much contrast with the roots.

Good luck and if you need help, feel free to reach out to us.

The easy way to book appointments

A lot has made us change habits and for some we were already doing some of the things we all know expect and love. Having to pick up the phone or wait until certain hours to interact with a business is something honestly not many want to do nor really have too any more. Not sure about you but I want to be able to do what I want almost 24 hours a day!

Now before you slide us a DM at 3am expecting a reply I can assure you, it’s most likely coming until the sun comes up. However chances are in daylight or the early hours of both night and day, you will in fact not only get a reply but in most cases be able to make bookings. Yes I know right, it’s crazy. Whilst we are still waiting back from a DM last October from a restaurant wanting to know if they do take away, I guess it’s easier to get a haircut than it is to order food online.

So if you have a burning question, a sudden need to book your color, or simply want to drop by and say hi then do use either Instagram or email and book your next appointment.

When you want 2 layers

Firstly this is not a shaming post, it’s simply to help understand what layers are. Layered hair is when the top hair is shorter than the hair that is closest to the floor, it’s that simple. You can have long layers, short layers or uniform layers.

The longer the hair, the longer the layers need to be to maintain bulk on the ends and avoid it looking thin. If it’s too bulky on the ends then the layers can be slightly shorter or even sliced into. You can not count layers!

This is 2 layers!

A common mistake is the thirst for fullness and love for length. Whilst while styling you can try to encourage both if the weight of the hair is heavy the length will no doubt weigh it down. Cutting the layers short when the hair is long will look odd and give it a look that there is two haircuts happening.

Seemless layering gives movement and helps build volume and the length of your hair and the density determines how short the layers can be for it to work!

A good rule of thumb is the shortest layers need to be 1/2-3/4 of the overall length. Need help? Let us know

The step Mullet

Nothing really surprises us any more, things mutate, things evolve. One minute you’re just friends next minute drunk in a hot tub celebrating your anniversary. Nothing stays the same and everything changes, that’s a good thing too!

So when it comes to hair and what’s in trend it slowly changes and evolves into something that looks similar but with modifications. The Mullet has been around for years and emerged during the rock and roll era giving it a very DIY cut look and lends itself to a very easy look to do.

Mick Jagger in the 70’s

Then it became a very shaggy way to just have hair that you could wash and go. Depending on the texture but ideal for slightly wavy or curly hair.

Now with the last 12 months being the DIY era and a lot of salons around the world closed the Step Mullet has re emerged as the DIY mutated mullet and we are living it. It’s been around for a few years and lends itself to a DIY it grown out bangs.

Via Molly Blutstein