My gorgeous client Bree has been coming to me for Balayage for about 3 years now. She usually has it done about twice a year, but a year ago she used box color...yikes! It was pretty brassy once it faded out, but she still wanted to remain light, so I've been doing a combination of Balayage and lowlights as it grew out. In the before picture you can see how much it has brightened up (just from the California sun! and that old box dye). It was about 8 months since her last color appointment with me.
I was so excited and surprised when she told me she wanted to go back towards her natural hair color. Her natural base is actually really beautiful. It has great richness and is a level 6 (almost a 5, the pictures look a little darker). I definitely wanted to break up those ends with some depth, but I also didn't want to lose the dimension or the sunkissed vibe we're always shooting for. I decided to do a full lowlight and some Balayage accent pieces would be perfect to give her a totally natural look.
LOWLIGHTS: JACK WINN Hair Color: Restore Demi-Permanent
Zone 1-2 (from demarcation line): 15g 7.2 (7v)+ 15g 6.1 (6B) + 15g 6.3 (6G) +67g 3 vol
Zone 2-ends: 15g 7.2 (7v) + 15g 8.13 (8BG) + 45g 3vol
15g of PAINT + 43g 40 volume (I know thats the weirdest ratio, but I like it that exact consistency! LOL!) Use your judgement...the recommended ratio is 1:2.
FAV TOOLS & COLOR
FOILS: I love using Foil Me Foils, a small company from Australia. I really love supporting lines that were created by hair colorists! And not only that, these foils have an incredible grip, and come in fun colors that my clients LOVE! My fave is the rose gold!
BRUSHES: In 2017, I created my very own line of Natural Bristle Brushes, BALAYPRO! I fell in love with "chip brushes" because they give the artist the ability to create the most seamless blends and delicate brush strokes. This is truly how I paint my signature sunkissed looks. If you struggle with splotchiness, demarcation lines, or slow painting, I REALLY recommend these brushes. I package and ship them myself from my beautiful salon in Santa Barbara, CA. They are manufactured in the USA, and last over 10 uses (compared to the low grade brushes from China that you find at art/hardware stores which last about 3-5 uses.)
Starting in the back, (working from bottom to top) I did a lowlight weave (varying from smaller to larger weaves). I don't like to do perfect weaves, because it looks too artificial for me, so I really mix it up! I will pick up a piece thats once inch wide, and then maybe 1/2 inch...etc...I just mix it up, but my focus is to create a lot more depth in the back, as it would if this was her natural hair color. For lowlights I like to use 2 to 3 formulas of different levels and tones. This also creates a very natural transition through the ends. My first formula I like to match it to her natural color, just to break up the lightness from the demarcation line. Moving down to zone 2/3, I use a lighter/ warmer formula, about a shade or two lighter. Depending on the look I'm going for I will either take that down to thru the ends or I will do a clear demi-permanent on the ends so they pop and add shine! I always start my lowlights in the back of the head so there is a lighter transition in the front (the front if naturally lighter.) Once I finished the lowlights I Balayage accent pieces around her face and ends to create even more dimension.
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JACK WINN HAIR COLOR
Its been almost a year ago when I decided to take the plunge and switch color lines (I had already done it about 5 times or more!). My problem with color companies was their lack of real education and support. When I became an independent color educator in 2015, I really started to realize that none of the companies I used in the past had my back, and I also couldn't stand by the harmful effects on the environment from the way hair color is produced. From the factory all the way down to myself purchasing the hair color, I just didn't feel like my money was ever going to a company I really loved and supported.
Thats when I was introduced to Jack Winn Hair Color. I am OBSESSED with their Balayage lightener, Paint, which is a silicone based lightener (which means amazing lift and NO FLAKING!!!). I was really on the search for a line that cared about the environment, human labor, and of course HAIR COLORISTS! Founder, Jack Winn is also a hair colorist...again, I LOVE supporting companies created by actual hair colorists. He was also tired of seeing color companies take advantage of our industry and charging us more for color that is low quality and poorly produced. He wanted to find a way to create holistic, environmentally friendly hair color, that also PAID colorists back for their purchases. This sounded too good to be true at first, but once I tried the hair color, I fell in love...and so did my clients! And then came the checks...The company pays you back 10% of your orders each month. I have never received money back from a color company, and everyone can always use some extra cash! On top of that Jack Winn has created a phenomenal community where colorists can exchange formulas, ideas, and ask questions. When was the last time the CEO of a color company got on a Facebook live (weekly!) to answer color questions? Incredible!
I am so honored to have recently presented my Balayage class at the Jack Winn Hair Color Educators Summit! My future as a hair color educator is brighter than ever and I'm so looking forward to using this color line in my education programs. If you have had the same dream of becoming an independent color educator, and looking for the support you need, I would definitely try out JWC. There are so many opportunities to grow your business with this company, and I'm excited to see whats next! There are some great start up kits available (I recommend the Junior Kit to get started!). Click the link below to check out more info on the line, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help you in any way. I will being posting more on this line and some of my favorite looks I've been creating with it!