Pastel Pink Balayage
I have been doing Tegan’s hair for a number of years now, and normally we would do the classic balayage colouring technique. I’d use the L’Oreal Professionals Dia Richesse semi permanent range on her roots for a deep, glossy base colour. Then fading out into hand painted highlights alternating L’Oreal Professionals MajiBlonde and Platine Infinie for a mixture of blonde tones that build up lighter towards the ends.
The Platine Infinie is perfect for creating the high contrast balayage giving your that clean creamy blonde on the ends, in contrast with the deeper base colour at the roots. The balayage technique is perfect for Tegan as she normally only visit’s me every 5-6 months. With this type of colour there almost no maintenance and the Richesse colour at the roots gradually fades so that there is no re-growth band as her own colour grow’s through.
However this time would be the last time I would be doing Tegan’s hair and so we decided to go out with a bang! Today we would be going pink. We decided on soft candy floss tone that would fade out well without leaving any unwanted residue tones in the hair, as she didn’t plan on coming back for any touch ups.
I did our usual Balayage application first, however this time we increased the amount of Platine Infinie foils to help give us a clean light blonde for the pink to take to after.
How the pink as applied:
Once all the foils and colour was shampooed out at the basin the hair was towel dried only. (Having the hair damp stops the colour from grabbing and going to bright). I then used the ‘2 minute’ application technique I explain in my book. However with Tegan’s hair I left it 5-7 minutes as her hair is more resistant to this type of colour than most peoples. I also used a slightly deeper pink than I would normally use for the same reason.
The colour I used was Crazy Colour’s Pinkissimo. On most peoples hair this shade would grab and come out much brighter, but on Tegan’s resistant hair it was perfect for creating the soft candy floss tone we where after. This colour was applied to the mid-lenghts and ends, over the pre-lighted areas. Then rinsed only and conditioned with L’Oreal Professionals Mythic Oil range.
How the hair was cut and styled:
I re-shaped the layers to enhance the colour tones, creating texted layers that give movement and volume to the hair. The layers also blend into a long sweeping side fringe at the front that frames the face.
I styled the hair into soft wavy curls as this brings out the layers and shows off the colour fade out best. I applied Moroccan Oil to the hair for shine and nourishment, and then NAK ‘Sculpt It’ to the hair before blowdrying for hold and heat protection. I blow dried the hair using Moroccan Oil round brush, lifting each section as I went to give root lift and body. Then once the hair was dry, I used the GHD Gold series to add the curls to the mid-lengths and ends.
GHD STYLING TIP: If you are styling with a GHD, avoid starting right up at the root’s as it will flatten out all the root lift you have just blow dried into the hair.
Once the hair was curled, I then brushed out the ringlets with a Tangle Teezer, to give a softer wavy curl. I then adjusted the curl, styling with my hands, scrunching and twisting sections until I was happy with the finished look. Then set it with NAK Hairspray.
Tegan loved the finished result and so did I!
I expect the colour to last just 1-2 weeks, and explained to Tegan how to top-up the pink at home should she wish to.
This ‘2 Minute’ apply and rise application at the basin is super easy to do and a great way to introduce more conservative clients to a temporary taste of the fun candy colours. It works perfectly after any highlight, ombre or balayage service. Or if you have had highlights or balayage in the salon and want to try this in the shower at home it’s very quick and easy. If you’d like more detailed instructions on how to do this, or you want to find out how these kind of bright colours work and learn other application techniques please check out my book: “Any Colour of The Rainbow”.
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