Thomas Taft Salon specializes in a variety of coloring techniques to suit the needs of all our clients. What are Your haircolor goals? Go lighter, Go darker, Enhance your color, add highlights, or cover gray? Add highlights: We add highlights using traditional foiling techniques, Balayage and Ombre.
If you thought the word balayage was French for some fancy dance move, you're not alone. Laurie, the educator at Thomas Taft Salon answers some common questions about it. The highlights (no pun intended):
- It doesn't mean painting. Balayage literally translates to "sweeping." When done correctly, the colorist takes a small section of hair and sweeps the color onto the top. Then, he or she may use a paddle to apply more color toward the bottom. This method of lightening the ends gives the colorist more control—and creates the effortless sun-kissed highlights everyone wants this time of year.
- It's not just for blondes. Laurie uses Balayage on her brunette and redhead clients for multidimensional color. "Hair color that is all one shade can look like a wig," she says.
- It works on gray hair. Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier and more natural on your hair overall.
- You should cut, then color. In most salons, women get their hair colored, cut, and blow-dried by a stylist. But by booking a trim beforehand, your colorist can work specifically to the cut, which minimizes the risk of chopping off the pretty, lighter ends (and ruining the effect).
- You don’t need to wash your hair beforehand. If you're adding highlights with balayage, clients can come with oily hair to protect the scalp. If you're getting a single process, there is no need to shampoo before, just make sure your hair isn’t loaded up with products which could interfere with the color coverage.
Ombre Hair Lightening:
This is a technique wherein selected strands of hair are lightened from the tips up through the middle sections hair. The word Ombre specifically refers to the undetectable gradation of color from light to darker. Both the shades of blondes and browns as well as the amount of hair lightened with Ombre is customized to each clients liking.
Aside from being super fun to wear, sexy and totally versatile, Ombre lightening can be kept up as frequently as you desire. You can have your Ombre re-done every six weeks or never again and it will always be on point!
Mermaid Hair Care
The mermaid, unicorn, galaxy, and oil slick trends are so hot and here to stay! Our stylist Tess is here to help you get the most out of your new fashion mane!
- Pick the brand that works best for you. I like to use a variety of fashion color brands: manic panic, pravana, pulp riot, aveda, wella, lime crime… different brands have different results and work better for different styles and hair types. Talk with your stylist about what you have used in the past and what you liked/disliked, or if this is your first time, talk to them about what you're looking for and they will assess your hair’s porosity and condition and choose the proper brand for you.
- Bleach is not a villain. Know that your first time you will have to strip the pigment from the areas of your hair you wish to unicorn up! The hair must be almost completely white, yes, this requires a lightener(bleach). Think about markers on paper, if you colored with a blue marker on brown paper, would you see blue? How about on white paper? Same goes for your fashion colors: if your natural color is dark and you want to go silver, you may have to be another color like blue or darker blonde for a couple sessions until you can get the desired result, discuss your options with your stylist and know they are going to do what's best for your hair’s health! Also, when you decide you want to switch up your fashion colors from say, red to blue… keep in mind this is a color correction situation and there may be a few sessions where you have to be purple in between until you can get to blue safely (and with your hair in tact!) and plan accordingly.
- Pastels are tricky and temporary! Silver, seafoam, peach, opal… all take a LOT of lightening, toning and upkeep. Once your stylist gets you to the desired hue, it is recommended that you take care to wash your hair less, and when you do use a violet shampoo to keep the yellow/green tones away, and come in for a refresh gloss every 2-3 weeks. If your stylist can, she will give you a little of your pigment to mix in with your conditioner and help your pastel last a little longer between glosses.
- Dry shampoo is your friend! All fashion colors are semi or demi permanent, not permanent. This means they will wash almost completely out eventually. I recommend washing your hair as little as possible. Stretch it to 1x per week ideally. This will get you the most vibrant color as long as possible and get you the most bang for your buck since good mermaid hair is not cheap or a quick process.
Follow these tips and listen to your stylist for recommendations and you too can be a magical unicorn and keep your hair looking fresh, vibrant and fun until you're ready for your next appointment!