We are at the crossroads of another change in seasons, and as the seasons change so do the trends. It's important for us to stay current with what our clients are seeing, saving and sharing on their feeds. By staying ahead of the curve we're able to be more informed and better prepared to meet the needs of each person, and technically, control the process from start to finish. I like challenging myself by looking at new ways I can use classic techniques to create fresh new looks or recycle old ones. Here's a breakdown of two looks I've been seeing more of behind the chair.
Rooting is an awesome way to transition a client out of a full head lightener. Let's be real: bleach retouches are high maintenance, and while we have those people who never skip an appointment, not everyone has the stomach to be at the salon every few weeks for maintenance. I start by using a demi formulated to match their natural color. As I progress throughout the head I use a soft brush to feather the color down each section for a soft blend with no harsh line of demarcation. You must establish with your client ahead of time how “rooty” of a look they're going for so that you don’t paint down too far or not far enough. If you're looking for a way to create more defined separation, lowlight a few sections here and there using the same color formulated. When it's all done, apply a glaze to even out the remaining blonde to their liking. The long-term benefit with rooting is that a demi will fade out in a subtle way, allowing your client a “lease instead of buy” approach to their new color investment. Over time, enough of their natural color will have grown in for them to have a rooted look all on their own. This will enable most of their visits to involve simple maintenance with a mini or partial foil.
One thing I love about this is that it allows you to create an ultra-blended and natural look. By using a combination of thinly weaved highlights, lowlights, and multi-level-lights we’re able to give each guest a lived-in effect. I start by thinly weaving into the hair using a soft brush and painting up the hair strand to diffuse the line of demarcation. Remember: the goal is to make the highlights looks lived-in. I formulate a lowlight using a demi to match the natural hair color. I weave this down into the hair to create a contrast between the light and dark pieces. If I want a heavier concentration of blonde on the ends I can further customize by teasing some of the ends into a foil and lightening that as well. When it comes time to tone I use one formula lighter than the base but dark enough to create a “rooty” effect and apply that to the base while using a different formula for the ends. Long-term maintenance can be done via mini foil in the right places. This will help your “lived in” look stay fresh. The use of a demi allows the client to switch up tones from cool to neutral or gold with every single visit, giving you the ability to keep your clients coming back for more!
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