Although I sport blonde locks now, I wasn’t always a fan of the lighter side. Being born a natural brunette, I’d always dabbled with blonde highlights but could never quite get over the dramatic dark root that quickly appeared… my bank account couldn’t handle that kind of upkeep either. After a couple of tries, I thought I’d given up on blonde for good… until I was introduced to the beloved base break. Not only did it blend my highlights better with my natural hair, I was able to go longer between highlight appointments by getting just a base break in between. It basically makes me feel and look like a natural blonde with less work (Amen!).
I’ve been doing my base break for a while now and finally got the chance to introduce my lovely sister to them as well. I’ve been doing a heavy highlights on her for quite some time now… and she’s been getting highlights for even longer than that, so it’s an understatement that she LOVES her blonde hair. She couldn’t pass on the opportunity to be “even more blonde”. I’d explained the process to her a little over a dozen times but she still was a little afraid of the unknown. Needless to say, she’s obsessed with her blonder hair.
Here are the before and after pictures from our little adventure. It took about 5 minutes at the shampoo bowl, and then we gave her a voluminous blow out. As you can see, the base break simply blended her darker root into the lighter pieces.
Here is our beautiful friend Courtney who recently got married at the end of the summer. She came into the salon last week and was ready for a new fall look. Brenna has been doing her hair for three years now and has heard Courtney express her interest in ‘change’ but has never been ready to commit. We’ll here it is folks… not only did Courtney commit to changing her last name but she finally committed to changing her blonde locks to a warm fall ombré!
Because court has been a blonde for…basically all her life, we decided to stay in the blonde family. All of us blondes out there must realize that when we transform our color to a darker shade, not only does the initial outlook appears darker but it also will fade faster. So with Court, we started with a golden medium blonde color (level 7) with a little bit of copper added at her roots. With the remainder of the color, we added a golden light blonde color through out the mid shaft of the hair (level 8), avoiding her ends. After her 30 minutes to process, we washed her with a sulfate free color safe shampoo and dried her hair completely. Then the true creativity and fun begins… balayage! Because Courtney’s overall goal was to have enough of a change, still subtle yet definitely noticeable, we wanted to keep the hair around her face still bright and blonde.
Once her color was complete I convinced Courtney to cut a good 2 inches off the length and put shape back into her layers. After a beautiful brush set blowout, we reveal mrs. Stoner’s new fall look!!!
Our good friend Lindsay stopped in last week to get a new look. As it turned out, she had virgin hair… our two favorite words as a stylist. She was the perfect candidate for some balayage highlights with some high-lift color.
The best part for our dear Lindsay is that she doesn’t have to get them retouched every 6-8 weeks (although we’d love to see her this often!) Balayage doesn’t leave her with any noticeable lines that a regular foil highlight would. The end result is some perfectly sunkissed hair.
It’s that time of year again….when the weather gets cooler and the skin gets paler. It’s also the most popular time of year when us hairdressers hear clients express a need to ‘go a little darker for fall.’ This can get a little tricky when it comes to blondes…. Put in too many lowlights and we’ve got a teary-eyed brunette (or so they think) in our chair. So what’s the perfect way to make a blonde a little darker for fall? The sombre. Not as dramatic as a full-on ombré, but a little more natural looking than the bleach blonde look.
Our very own Brenna wanted just that. She started with a full head of blonde hair. After coloring her roots and mid shafts with a color close to natural, we went back through and balayaged her to give her some dimension and brightness around her face.
The end result is a nice soft ombré… A more natural looking blonde. Oh and with a lot less maintenance. Perfect for fall and your pocketbook.