With warm weather on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly be doing a lot of bleaching, lifting and highlighting on your clients. But blonding can wreak havoc on hair if certain precautions aren’t taken. To keep damage to a minimum, ProRituals by Jingles Global Artistic Director Terrence Michael Renk suggests adding a little something extra to your color formulas. “When it comes to blondes, the addition of essential fatty acids to the formula will replenish the moisture that is depleted from the hair, and assists with color penetration and scalp protection,” he says. Here is Terrence’s formula to create an ultra-light shade like Julianne Hough’s—with no harm done!
Starting Level: 6
Combine ProRituals SuperLift 12P at a 1:2 ratio with 40-volume developer. After formula is mixed, add in 5 grams of ProRituals Hair & Scalp Therapy Oil.
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When BTC tagged along with TIGI recently at the South by Southwest Music Festival, we picked up lots of styling tips as the team, led by co-owners of Bettie Bangs Salon in Austin, served as the go-to stylists for VIPs throughout the event in the Bed Head Style Lounge at the Nikon Warner Sound showcase. Festival hair was the focus, obviously, but we learned lots of great tips you can use in the salon, too! “Some of my favorite tricks for fixing my client’s hair after a long day or even for styling second day hair is using braids and twists,” says Bettie Bangs’ Kristen Klein. “TIGI Masterpiece Hairspray is my go-to product for braids and twists—it adds great hold and shine.” Kristen’s favorite new ’do—and one that could make for a fabulous prom style—is an easy headband twist. “Place a bungee headband on top of all the hair around the crown of the head,” she says. “Then tuck in pieces of the hair into the headband until it’s all rolled up and tucked in. Spray the style in place when you’re done and you have an elegant but youthful, retro updo.” Get more unique styling tips from TIGI!
When recruiting staff members, it’s important to create a cohesive culture and have buy-in from the entire staff so everyone works together for common causes. When Janine Jarman opened Hairroin Salon in Hollywood seven years ago, the Sebastian Professional Design Team Member wanted to hire a staff that shared her passion for giving back. “Volunteering has always been part of my life,” Janine explains. “And when you’re hired at Hairroin, philanthropy is a requirement. Los Angeles can be a city of such overindulgence,” she adds. “Giving back gives us perspective and gratitude on a weekly basis.” Here are some important questions to ask during an interview so you can find staff members who fit perfectly into your salon’s culture.
- How do you interpret the word “team”?
- If you could change anything about your last job, what would it be? How would you have resolved any problems?
- Tell me about your last boss and position.
- If you were to join the staff and stay, in what position would you like to see yourself in the next two years?
- Describe your ideal working environment.
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Here’s a cool new way to position a balayage or ombré service in your salon! “We call it a Root Stretch,” says Christy Blake, Senior Color Director at HOB Salons in the UK (winners of multiple British Hairdressing Awards). “We divide the hair into four sections and work in one section at a time. We like our color to be seamless, so the contrast between the dark roots and light ends is typically just one or two levels apart. We might apply a deep cocoa brown to the roots and a cappuccino on the ends rather than bleach.” Root Stretch sections are about one centimeter to 1/3- to 1/2-inch. Position the foil—which is used to keep the sections separated—apply the root color, stretching it along the midshaft, and then place the lighter shade on the ends in a V-shaped section. “Placement is dictated by the cut,” Christy adds. “If the hair is layered, for example, we’ll only place the lighter color through the longer lengths.” Get 13 more genius tips for better coloring!
Who says unconventional color has to look avant garde? In this look from the Goldwell® Color Zoom Beautify collection, shades of raspberry and copper work together to create a look that’s unique, sure, but decidedly wearable. Here are the formulas:
Formula A: Goldwell® SilkLift®: 35 ml Conditioning Cream Developer 6% (20 vol.) + 1 spoon High Performance Lightener without ammonia + 1 tube SilkLift Intensive Serum
Formula B: Goldwell® Topchic®: 40 ml Lotion 6% (20 vol.) + 40 ml 7PK
Formula C: Goldwell® Colorance®: 80 ml Lotion + 5 ml VV-Mix + 15 ml RR-Mix + 20 ml Clear
Formula D: Colorance®: 20 ml Lotion + 10 ml 8OR
Formula E: Colorance®: 50 ml Lotion + 10 ml 8OR + 10 ml KK-Mix + 5 ml RR-Mix
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You don’t need to be near the ocean to create the perfect beach waves. So forget the salt water and pick up your curling iron—Simon Miller, National Technical Trainer for KMS® California has a quick and easy formula for creating stylish waves with a laid-back edge.
1. Mist hair with KMS® California Free Shape Hot Flex® spray. Comb through to distribute product evenly.
2. Gather a 1 to 2-inch section of hair. Near the base, make a half turn with your iron and let sit for a few seconds before slowly releasing the curl.
3. With the same section of hair, make another half turn with your iron facing the opposite direction. Hold for a few seconds and gently release.
The resulting look is a cross between a finger wave and a curling iron set, says Simon, but requires half the effort! Check out 4 more sizzlin’ summer styles!
A stunning gown…the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos…her grandmother’s pearls; when it comes to her wedding day style, your bride has it all. Well, almost. Below the neck she’s ready to go, but her super fine, thin hair leaves something to be desired. So how on earth are you going to create the perfect, dreamy ’do to complete her bridal ensemble? According to celebrity stylist Danielle Caputo Estorino, the trick is to embrace diffusion. “Creating casual, tousled textures is a great trick for preventing peek-a-boo scalps,” she says. Here’s her tip for creating a gorgeous wedding day style: Mist random sections with Nioxin Thickening Spray and wind the strand around a small barrel iron. Mix up the size of the sections that you curl for a more natural look. Once the hair is cool, pull the curls apart with your fingers. “I like using diffusers on fine hair,” comments Danielle. “They’re great tools because they don’t overstretch the hair and they maintain elasticity.” Get 4 more tips for working with fine-haired brides!
A traditional, mid-length cut can take on a contemporary edge for spring with the right color palette, like this minty fresh hue from Pravana ChromaSilk PASTELS! Want to turn your client into any icy cool queen this season? Here’s how:
1. On a Level 7, lighten regrowth to a Level 10 platinum with Pravana ChromaSilk 10V + 40-volume Creme Developer.
2. Place two rows of alternating slices of Pravana ChromaSilk PASTELS Mystical Mint in foils in a circular pattern following the head shape. Process at room temperature for 20 minutes.
3. Shampoo each foil individually to prevent the color from bleeding onto the uncolored blonde hair. To properly care for this color, use any of the Pravana Sulfate-Free Shampoos and Conditioners.
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At this year’s Oscars, it was all about the updo; the big screen stars provided plenty of inspiration for your clients’ wedding styles. We particularly loved Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s (hottie Channing Tatum’s lovely wife) elegant, tousled updo. “We went for a soft, retro romantic feel,” explains her stylist Bridget Brager. Here’s how she did it:
1. Apply Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle on damp hair from the mid-shaft down. Next, work a dime-sized amount of Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment on the ends and rough-dry the hair to bring out its natural texture.
2. Wrap 2-inch sections around a 1-inch curling iron, pulling down on the hair to soften the wave as each section is dropped.
3. After the waves are set, leave the front section out and lightly twist hair back above the ear and pin it just above the nape.
4. Take the remaining hair and loosely braid it, wrap it into a low knot and secure it with hair pins.
5. Finish with Macadamia Natural Oil Control Hairspray.
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Whether you’re just starting your cosmetology school program or enrolling in advanced education, spring is a great time to renew a positive outlook, brush up your skills and get your creativity flowing. To help you make the grade, Sassoon North American Creative Director Traci Sakosits has some wise advice to get you ready to make the most of your education experience:
•Be involved with all aspects of your education all the time. The stylists that have the most success involve themselves with the class as a team and the school as a whole.
•Confidence is power and experience is priceless. The more you expose yourself to different opportunities at a student level, the more confidence you will have once you graduate and become a professional in the industry.
•Most important, the process of learning should be fun and it will prepare you for the future in a very rewarding industry. Learn more about how Hairdressers at Heart is empowering stylists at every stage in their career! Learn more about how Hairdressers at Heart is empowering stylists at every stage in their career!