Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fall for Color

While the temperatures are cooling down, your look is heating up. Rich tones, sexy silhouettes and textured tresses will be at the forefront of trends this fall. I am going to give you some expert insight on how to get seasons most fashion forward styles.
Hair color will be very blended, very beautiful. The bright, strong high fashion colors are a muted back seat and we are seeing a lot of soft tones with warmer color effects. If you are looking for more of a pop of color in your hair but still want to see it more on the conservative side you can have more of the muted tones. We do accent highlights in the salon. Six to eight foils in the hair to give a monet of color here and there. You can camouflage those highlights within our natural hair color or you can make those as bright as you want.
Green is a big color for fall. Just sayin’! Lol! If you have a big personality and you like change, GO FOR IT!
Rusty tones are also going to be really popular. A combination of rust and violet in one. So you have those warm and cool tones.
For blondes, color is like coral, lilac, peach and yes sea foam green. They are beautifully blended into the hair. With brunettes violets, emeralds, and sapphires in the hair look very hot and bold.
For hair color techniques, we’re seeing balayage tones done with naturally warmer, richer tones. We are also seeing a combination of ombre and balayage all in one a combination of blended colors through the mid length but with a pop of bolder color on the ends.  We are also holding strong to the lob! We’re seeing it very weighed and one-length or we’re seeing it with a thicker texture that is broken up for a shorter effect and then trashing into the shag which is what I spoke about in previous article.

Texture is popular on so many different levels. If you have fine hair and you want more body you can build texture through styling products that will create a soft beachy waves in the hair and short hair can make a play on texture. Just have fun with it. Play with different type of tools; flat iron, curling iron, wand, and roll brushes for a beautiful finish. Dsparada color salon does three thousand services a year and we make sure no matter who comes into our salon they are treated as a VIP and receive the absolute best service. 

Winter Winner Hair

Admit it, you spend tons of time shopping for pretty pieces to update your winter wardrobe but pay scant (if any) attention to your poor, suffering strands. And after summers  slaughter of all those feel-good- yet- very- bad –for- your- hair elements like sun, saltwater and chlorine not to mention skipping trips to the salon, your locks are going to need some rehab…like right now! That is why I put together this list of things you can do to make your mane look healthy, shiny and effortlessly beautiful into the holiday season.

The Big Fix
Post-summer is your color dried, fried and faded? No surprise there. To bring it back to life, start with gentle shampooing to remove product buildup. I recommend colorproof detox. Next moisturize to strengthen strands and reduce split ends. Then to add amazing shine I recommend my favorite service clear of color gloss the next time you visit the salon. It’s a great fix for dull hair of any hue and will make it smoother and easier to manage in one simple step.

Lighten Up
While a lot of women darken their hair in the winter I like to take the opposite approach. I think it is a great time to go lighter because winter is dark and dreary.

Try the Razored Layers
Fall in love with your bob all over again by having your stylist add some razor layers. It will let you achieve loose, lived in texture. Plus the razor allows the hair to lock pieces with minimal layers. Ask for weight removal instead of short layers.

Party Time
It’s never to soon to plan ahead for all the seasonal fun to come. Here are some ideas and practice makes party perfect!

To enhance the shape of your short style blow dry it immediately after It is towel dried and use a texture spray or dry shampoo. I recommend Goldwells Dry shampoo. Don’t be afraid to experiment with waves, deep side parts and full voluminous blow outs to keep it fresh. 

Hair for Summer

Change Is In the Hair For Summer 

Don't be stuck in a rut. We've got multiple way to re-imagine your style and match your personality type. 
This summer inspired by different currents, the inevitable return of short hair has the Allure of boyish glamour the innovation of different Balayage techniques are uber creative but also the theme in the air like free motion and liberal movement. The new hot hair trend is the shag. This style gives that sexy undone, done look with little effort. What we have seen from the runways and beauty forecast is that the next big thing is playing up movement and a variety of textural effect. We are seeing stylist opt for everything from heavy fringe in front, side swept bangs or longer piece tendrils around the face.
From the lob to the shag:
Lob has a string line with little to know layers. To change a lob all you need is a great stylist to give you a ton of layers. The addition of layers give you limitless texture and movement.
Shags are commonly achieved by bringing the facial point forward in front of the face. A variety of shaggy layers can be created to pull the focus forward with the shorter layers around the face and longer ones toward the back of the head.
The use of a razor during the cut will aid in achieving those soft, shaggy ends. It’s about the texture keep it mod. But before you walk into the salon and ask for shag make sure they know that you want an updated version: think runway trends of flowing skirts and light summery fabrics. Something more Taylor Swift and less David Cassidy.

Color trends we’ve got what’s hot in hair hues – Here’s the scoop! :

The most desirable color for summer is blond. Lots of highlights, single process, and even double process no matter how light there will be a hint of yellow or blonde tones. We will see less gray, silver, lavender as edgier clients move into softer shades of ash/beige. I see ombre clients moving their highlights further p towards the scalp but still with a noticeable root. Highlight clients will want to shift their base to create a more seamless look while single process client may want to add more colors to contour the face shape and haircut. The balayage technique will be the top technique of summer due to its versatility. Color melting is a softer more blended version of the ombre and that will be big this summer. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Color Revival

Trade in last year's Ho-Hum colors for some new alternatives!

Whats New
Want to know what hues will be happening in the months to come? Springs the time to go lighter and shorter. For blondes, the Popularity of platinum will continue to grow, just be sure to have the cool skin tone to support it! Red heads who were dark all winter can greet the season with some highlights. As brunette's,  its time to experiment with sombre, also known as a softer ombre,  which is something we will be seeing more of this spring. Plus you can dimensionalize your color with off the scalp highlights. 

Color Forecast 

Sunny apricot- If your torn between blonde and red then there is a fabulous fusion of pale apricot and splashes of gold placed at the temples and into the fringe.  This is used to create even more dimension by having your colorist place slices at the top of the crown.

On Fire Red- Fiery red with lots of subtle dimension can compliment the warmth of any woman. For a peaches and cream completion apply  these shades in the crown with a triangular shape tho create a pinwheel like effect that shimmers like a flickering flame.

Downtown brown
dark chocolate with violet in the formula is just right for anyone with a hipster sense of style. The bob's wispy, shorter than expected bangs look is so striking against the chocolate cherry or chocolate violet hue. Just when we'd heard ombre was over the trend has reemerged in even more dramatic form: in addition, to lighten sections starting further up the hair shaft. In shades like cherry cola to hot caramel, fiery reds and apricot warm browns. Balayage has been around for 20 years and now more popular than ever, its made ombre and sombre today. Its hand painted into section free handed which offers a subtler, more blended look then highlights done with foils. This is my Go to for highlights these days.

Get Layered For Spring
Precise layers are the key to achieving exactly what you want. Low-Key Sexy, this alluring look focuses on layered grids that fall to ear level at the sides, and then go longer and angled at the nape. The result is a chop/ bob hybrid that full on top courtesy of long crown layers and flared ends, peek-a-boo bangs complete the sexy appeal. Going Uber short has never been more popular whether going with a chop pixie or a hip hop hipster feel. A beautiful face takes center stage in these two stunning cuts, adds jagged- edged bangs, pointy sideburns and carefu
lly crafted layers and you will have chic at its best this spring!

Spruce up your hair color

What's hot in the months to come?
Sizzling color!

Brunettes/Hot Caramel - If you are a light or medium brunette, spice it up with a caramel or toffee tone with a splash of red in front. Have your colorist add highlights and lowlights to the fringed and try the nape darker.
**Who can wear it: If you give one shade more dominance then the other it will compliment cool or warm skin tones.

Sweet Toffee - A lighter golden brown takes dark blonde into a whole different place or it can let a darker brunette get a taste of a much lighter shade. Roots are left darker for depth and tri tones are placed through the fringe.
**Who can wear it: Almost anyone can wear the shade except for a natural light blonde with blue eyes.

Chocolate Cherry - This deep rich hue sizzles with warmth especially when hair is styled smooth. Just keep in mind that the darker your natural hair the more brown you'll see.
**Who can wear it: If you are a natural brunette you probably have warm skin tones so it will work for you.

In the months to come we will be seeing a lot of warm, chocolate, and coppery tones with sun kissed shimmers in highlights through the base color. For summer we will see adding a few foils through the front of a longer side fringe which is an eye catching pop of color.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

All Eyes On You

Hey, want all  eyes on you? Heck yeah! Well "On the Job" the triangle has a lot of great looks for the Professional and it does make a difference at work. From downtown, North Raleigh, R.T.P and Cary. 
The Corporate Cutie  It may be all business from 9 to 5 but after hours, you can unleash your wild side and turn a versatile cut up a notch into something edgy, sexy and fun! Your key cuts are: Versatile layers, graduated bobs and sharp angles. 
Hospitality Gals  Your hair may take longer to style but as a hotel concierge, hostess, or a night club owner you want to look as good as your posh clientele! Your key cuts are: Volume, Trendy Color and Pieced out Pixies. 
Service Sirens whether your walking the beat as a cop, teaching a class, or tending to sick patients, your job calls for no-fuss hair that is either short enough to stay out of your face or long enough to pull back. Your key cuts are: short crops, pixies, and lobs. The hottest shades of blonde, brunette, and red take a turn for the softer side in 2016. Whether your ready to make a dramatic change or just want to update your existing hair color, 2016 will see the long awaited return to softer, more natural shades across the Triangle.
The past few years have given rise to hair colors with a bold feel, featuring graphical lines of demarcation and major upkeep. However, the severity of traditional ombres, platinum blonde, jet blacks, and dip dyed has confined hair into very limited parameters in look. Black hair will get a much needed update and redheads will finally have some fun. I believe that hair is a canvas to paint on and make no two clients the same. The shift from flat, blunt colors of last year to fluid colors they are now giving clients at their respective salons. We are moving forward from harsher looks into something softer, hence the name sombre- a soft ombre. The fun part is that this effect can be used on clients with any hair color. These more sophisticated renditions of color have more tonal varieties with softer delineation blending colors together seamlessly. The extra depth and dimension these colors provide give your hair movement which makes it look healthier and shinier.  Platinum blonde has been having its moment of glory for the past few years but the stark, high maintenance shade is falling out favor. Icy cool blonde will be phased out with wheat- like, soft beige tones and golden honey shades.  Another option is going "Bronde" The ideal combination of brown and blonde tones that is perfect for darker haired clients seeking a lighter hue and for blondes who want something darker without going fully brunette. 
 Having gorgeous hair has never been easier for brown haired beauties. For darker  hair tones the sombre technique is  the way to go. I love this effect as it works for any brunette client since your simply warming up the color and adding radiance to your skin with understated, sun-kissed highlights. You don't need to feel obligated to stay in your color family either, you can add caramel, honey, or red-gold (rose-gold) highlights to your hair to wake up and revive your look. 
Sombre is about getting away from drastic ombre. I hand paint the highlights more from underneath and on the mid-shaft to the ends: my clients will still visually read as having dark hair but it has much more interest. On medium to light-brown hair I add more highlights around the face and throughout. I always glaze brunettes with bronze tones. Sombre is perfect for brunettes who want change but not commitment.  Now lets spice things up by ditching uniform shades of red. As most redheads know the most pressing concerns of having flame colored hair is keeping the color true to itself. Color shades of red can turn brassy while deeper or brighter shades fade pretty quickly. Because of this, red hair needs to be refreshed on a regular basis. 

Hair color in the work place

Working in Color: 

How to have a little fun with color and still keep your job.

One of the greatest things about hair is that you can be experimental with is as you want. Since, all colors and styles are just temporary. Color fades, your style grows out or you decide you want something new. It's only natural to eventually want to ditch the world of browns, blondes, and reds for something more exciting. Celebrities have been wearing all shades of the rainbow on the red carpet, and the fantasy hair color trend has sped into regular, everyday life. Women and men alike have done everything from vibrant shades of green, to the cool smokey shades of lavender-silver. These colors may not be acceptable in some workplaces. If your day job has practical limits on how far you can go with your color, you might be feeling left out. Obviously, you want to avoid looking inappropriate or breaking any rules but if you still want to express your personality and have some fun with your hair, there are a few ways to go about it.  

I have a boutique salon with a reputation for superior client services, trendsetting cuts and modern color, that speaks true to what clients want. When it comes to bold color in the work place, there are some subtly ways to be playful and bold but still maintain an office personality. To achieve such a look here are some tips that let you have some fun with your hair, while still looking polished and professional. 

Commitment free color: 

If you work in an environment that strictly forbids unnatural hair color, try clipping in hair extensions or hair chalking to give your hair a risk free color boost.Clip in colored extensions are available in several hair colors and textures for a variety of looks and can be reused. If you want something ever more temporary opt for color chalking. This is one of the most in demand services. A temporary wash out of pastels is rubbed into the hair strands and colors chosen can be bold of sort, the effect washes out after an evening of fun or whenever you shampoo your hair. 

Peekaboo streaks:

Another great way to have fun with bright, bold color is to have your stylist hide them in your hair. Within this technique placement is key: A few peekaboo streaks in fashion colors add a touch of drama without going over the top. If you only color a few choice strands (or even one) you can easily obscure them while at work, strategically tucking the piece's into your hairstyle so that they are hidden. You may also be able to get away with glazing your hair in a soft pastel shade, depending on your workplace. It's a little more fashion-forward but soft pastels for lighter hair color may be passable. Pastel shades can be achieved in any color family but are most popular in shades of pink, blue, and purple. If your hair is light, try color shampoos for temporary soft wash of color - the effects are so subtle co-workers may just think that the light at your office is playing tricks on their eyes. 

The Ombre option:

Most work places don't condone showing up with a full head of purple hair (like Katy Perry.) However, if you work in an environment that's a little bit more progressive, when it comes to color your options become much more flexible. These effects aren't as subtle as the one's above but most can still be covered when necessary. If you love long hair, I recommend using Ombre technique. This is a great trend for fashion colors, especially on long hair. As the hair framing your face doesn't change since the color is mostly on your ends it can easily be hidden in a topknot or chignon bun, for something less obvious, you can add a panel of color Ombre or not underneath your hair. This option works for stricter environments, the effect is easily hidden by keeping your hair down at work, especially during important presentations or client meeting. Finally, if your feeling more adventurous and if it doesn't violate the rules, propose putting some color into your bangs. Adding color to your fringe doesn't look too dramatic but still offers some major fun, the effect can be easily obscured in those with layered bangs and it's also somewhat temporary as you can cut the color out as soon as your next bang trim.