5 Genius Blonding, Color + Cutting Cheats To Try Now
If you didn’t join the BTC 22nd Anniversary Tour in Dallas, don’t worry—we brought the education home with us! Our industry pros shared their exclusive tips for the cutting and foiling/balayage techniques that they’re known for. Here’s a list of five must-know tips from the show that you can try in the salon now. Check out our artist photo gallery below and don’t forget you can re-watch the show at home (or at the backbar with your coworkers).
1. Extend Haircolor With A Fade
Our BaBylissPRO® BARBERology™ expert Sofie Pok (@staygold31) hit the stage hard with fading tips that go beyond the barbershop. Sofie explained when your client’s haircolor is growing out and they’re unsure of committing to a touch-up—give them a high contrast cut with a fade.
“This is my favorite way to extend color and give clients a new style with what they already have,” explains Sofie. “High contrast fades are hot right now and you’re able to customize how much of one color you want over the other.”
2. Paint Bright Blondes (That Your Clients Notice!)
Even after you paint a perfect blonde, clients tend to not feel like it is bright enough. To ensure your clients SEE your work, BTC-University educator Carly Zanoni (@the.blonde.chronicles) says you have to focus lightener on these three sections of the head.
For super bright blondes, focus lightener and foils:
- Around the face—from the ears forward
- Top of the head—right along the part
- Through the ends—around the entire head
Carly explains these are high-traffic areas where your clients see and touch their hair the most. A strong face frame and lightened top of the head will ensure your clients feel “really blonde” while focusing lightener through the ends will make sure their color pops even when they bring their hair over their shoulders.
3. Fully Saturate Highlights On Curls
Curl expert and Kenra Professional pro Christin Brown (@curlfactor) brought the pro texture education to Dallas. Emphasizing the importance of saturating every strand of a curl during a lightening service, Christin showed our audience how using your hand as a lightening board is super beneficial.
Curls and coils can easily hide strands between them. Using your hand (gloved of course!) as a lightening board will allow you to manipulate the color brush through every curl. Christin explains using your hand as a tool can help you work faster and create super precise highlights.
By not having to rely on finding different size lightening boards to match their curl pattern, your hand can fit into tight areas around the head to lighten every curl to perfection.
4. Use The Client’s Cheekbone As A Guide
We got Matty Conrad (@mattyconrad) to visit from Canada to join us on stage for the best of the best barbering education. Owner of Victory Barber & Brand™ Matty knows his way around a barber’s chair and shared the importance of utilizing your tools to create custom cuts for clients.
Matty’s Pro Tip: Use your comb and your client’s cheekbone to find the point of elevation to begin your guide. Matty demoed how resting your cutting comb vertically from your client’s jaw to their cheekbone will tell you all you need to know about beginning their haircut and beard line-up.
If the comb tips away from the client’s face, you’ll need to use slight elevation for your cut. If the comb lays flat vertically, your client would benefit from a square beard shape and tapered cut.
5. Cut Bob Perimeters With A Texturizer
For a soft perimeter with a lot of movement, bob expert Chris Jones (@chrisjones_hair) sketches the perimeter of his cuts with a texturizer. “It’s not as scary as it looks,” explains Chris. “Using the ARC™ Scissors 30/2 Reversible Blender is like sketching an outline with a pencil before going in with a Sharpie.”
Think about it—your regular scissor will cut 100 percent of hair while the ARC™ Scissors 30/2 only removes roughly 20 percent. Try sketching out the next bob you cut with this technique! The body and movement it creates will definitely make this trick one you’ll keep in your book.
THANK YOU To Our Artists & Show Sponsors
@styled_by_carolynn, @rachelwstylist, @staygold31, @andreahenty, @lo_wheelerdavis, @the.blonde.chronicles, @jackwinnpro, @samlabellahair, @mickeycolonjr, @curlfactor, @ashleenormanhair, @thereggiemarcel, @chrisjones_hair, @mattyconrad