This week’s style comes to us from Laurie Cutler, a stylist who is new to our salon but not new to the hair industry. Laurie is a graduate of the Aveda Institute and has been enjoying her work as a stylist for more than six years. As a mother of two young daughters (a one-year-old and a three-year-old), Laurie understands how important it is to have a hairstyle that looks great but doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. Busy mamas already have their hands full! That’s why she was the perfect stylist to assist with Heather’s transition from platinum blonde to a more natural balayage style.
Like Laurie, Heather is a mother of two. She’s also a full-time nanny and student. Her fun hairstyle – platinum infused with pink and purple fashion colors – had just become too much to maintain. Platinum requires an in-salon relightening every three weeks, and fashion colors – which are semi-permanent –need frequent reapplication. Heather wanted a look that was easier to take care of and required fewer trips to the salon. After her consultation with Laurie, Heather decided on a short bob with balayage highlights that match her natural color.
Here’s how Laurie did it:
First, she selected a color close to Heather’s natural tone and did a root stretch – essentially, covering the platinum with the new, natural color and feathering it down into the hair with a painted-on effect. Then, she melted the natural color into a second color that is slightly lighter than what she used at the roots. Finally, to add shine and to pull the color all the way through Heather’s hair, she added a natural-tone glaze on the ends.
This natural look is gorgeous on Heather, and it comes with the added benefit of being easy to take care of. The short, angled bob can be dried and styled with minimal effort, and it doesn’t need much more than a trim every eight to ten weeks. Balayage highlights are subtle, and because Heather’s natural roots will blend in with the balayage, she will only need a retouch every four months or so. To add shine and help maintain color, a glaze can be applied every six to eight weeks. A less-intensive color regimen will also give Heather’s hair a much-needed break from over-processing.
We loved helping this busy mom transition to this rich, natural look. Good luck with your to-do list, Heather! We know you’ll look great while you’re getting things done.