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January 17, 2017

9 Color Tips For Your Best Balayage, Creative Color and Blonde


There’s never been a better time to be a colorist—whether you’re balayaging, blonding or working on your creative color. Now is the perfect time to practice new techniques behind the chair, and these nine color tricks from Redken Symposium 2017 will totally help you up your color game and make more dough!


During the Fixer Upper session, Julie Lahr showed the audience
a color correction hand-painting technique.

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Creative Color

When it comes to pricing creative color, remember that everything
you’re doing is custom, and you need to price accordingly.

4. Pricing Creative Color
Creative color is custom color, so you need to start at the beginning, says Redken Artist Eliana Gibson. Decolorizing and basing the hair is one charge, and then as you add custom colors, your price should continue to increase.
For example, if you are using seven different colors, you should be charging a percentage per color. If each bowl cost $25 dollars and you have seven bowls, maybe you double that so you’re making money off the product and for your time.

“This haircolor would cost about $300 to $400 in the salon,” says Eliana. “But if you are starting with a more difficult base, the price will increase, and as far as upkeep, tell your client it will run about half of the initial cost.”

5. When You and Your Client Are New to Creative Color
So you’ve been trying to break into the world of creative haircolor, and you have some clients who are thinking about adding some subtle color to their locks…well, you’re in luck, this is the perfect situation to be in. A balayage client is a great candidate on which to practice creative color. Try adding some subtle color to their balayaged panels underneath their face. These pieces are already lightened, so you’re not adding an extra service fee to your client’s ticket. It’s fun (and affordable) for them if they’re not ready to fully commit, and you get to practice your color placement!

6. Give Yourself Time To Be Creative
It can be easy to let yourself become stale or robot-like behind the chair—but don’t let it happen. Redken Artist Justin Isaac suggests blocking off a specific time every week to do something creative. “You have to say to yourself, ‘OK every Thursday I’m blocking off time from 5 pm to 7 pm to do something that I would never do.’ And maybe, at the beginning you don’t charge for that service, but you have to stick with it,” he says. “You have to stay inspired.”

Justin onstage during his creative color class.



When working with blondes, you should always go
one level
past your desired end result.

7. Know When They’re Coming Back
Blondes have a lot of upkeep, so make it very clear to your guest that you need to know beforehand when they’re planning to return to the salon.
When it comes to new guests, try saying something like this during the consultation: “This is what’s going to happen moving forward. It will be like we are dating…how often do you want to see me?” (It might sound funny, but it gets the point across!) Maybe their answer is once or twice a year, or maybe it’s every three months—either way, you need to know the answer to this question to do your job well. Then, before they leave, walk them to the counter and say, “You told me you wanted to see me every three months, let’s book that now before we fill up.” This will help you create the optimal color technique for that client and help you grow your business.

8. So They Want To Be Blonder…
When you are working with blondes, you should always go one level past your desired end result. This will ensure they get their desired color without any extra warmth or brass.

Redken Artist Ryan Morgan checking his blonde creation before
hitting the blonde stage.

9. Work With Specific Features
For example, if a blonde-haired client has thin or fine hair, go for a lot of dimension at the base. This will create thicker, fuller-looking hair. Plus, dimension always makes the blonde color look more expensive. And always remember, darkness diminishes while lightness enhances, so always look at your client’s skin tone when creating their perfect shade.