What's the difference?
For those of us who have attended cosmetology school, we learned the British way to cut hair. Did you know there is another way? Here in Atlanta we don’t have to go to cosmetology school, instead we have the opportunity to apprentice under a master stylist. Within our salon at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, French cutting is the only thing we know, and do because it's better!
Why is the French method better? Let’s break it down:
British haircutting is building the shape from the bottom up. It is angular (90 degree angles, or 180 degree angles) and architectural. In some instances a British cut is what your client wants with hard lines and angles, and that’s okay! However, in French haircutting is building the shape from the top down. It's soft and less angular. Following the head shape it allows the hair to fall in soft moving layers. For that reason, the same haircut can look completely different person to person since each person’s head is a different shape. The French cutting method also provides versatility so the guest can wear their hair in different styles.
In the time it takes someone to cut a traditional British bob, the French hairdresser will have cut 3 bobs and be well on their way to cutting the 4th. French cutting allows us to work smarter not harder! Everyone wants to know the secret to making more money behind the chair, and this is one of them!
Invest in the French cutting education you need. At our academy in Atlanta our world renowned educators teach you the efficiency of French Hairdressing and how to build your clientele learning to cut french the right way!
In traveling to different salons and shows we often hear students say they do not need a balayage lightener, they just use foil lightener. Although foil lightener will lift the hair, the evenness of the application, as well as the end results, can sometimes be a little patchy.
Why is that?
Typical foil lighteners have what is called 'silica' in them. Silica is very tiny sand granules and is considered a buffer within the lightener. The amount of silica within the product is what determines the consistency. If you look at the ingredients on most foil lighteners, silica is typically one of the first ingredients listed. Because of that, foil lighteners have a grainy texture and their consistency tends to be thin.
Better for Balayage
Of course, grainy texture and thin consistency aren't ideal for balayage. That's why Sunlights, which is specifically formulated for balayage, is Kaolin clay-based. Kaolin is a fine, soft, white clay that gives our lightener a smooth, creamy consistency rather than the grainy, thin consistency of granular, silica-based lighteners. It moisturizes hair while, and the application is incredibly smooth. Looking at the ingredients of Sunlights, you’ll see that Kaolin is one of the top ingredients listed.
Sunlights mixes thicker to be able to paint directly on the hair much more easily, without needing foils! This results in better looking painted strands, and the better it looks on the strands you paint, the better the outcome of the finished product!
We’ve all heard it: Balayage is a fad. It’ll be out the door just like the cap. Well let us tell you! Balayage is like the little black dress. It isn’t going anywhere!
Not only do we need to be educated in balayage and techniques, but we need to educate our guests on what is truth and what is myth about this beautiful technique:
This is not true!
Can balayage create a beautiful melted ombre? Of course! It's not one trick pony, though!
There are so many other options for this technique that all it takes is a little education, a lot of practice, and you'll be creating way more than just a typical ombre. Click here to see how!
As with using Sunlights lightener, our clay lightener can give up to 7 levels of lift when your application is correct. You have the option of making a bold statement, or beautiful subtle highlights.
We all have those blonde clients who get out of the chair after the service and immediately look at their regrowth to see how close you were able to get those foils. With balayage, we paint right up to the scalp and hairlines. There is no foil line and nothing in between the lightener and your scalp. You can’t get much closer than that!
You can use as many different colors as you'd like! If you want to use a low light or multiple low lights, you can be as creative as your mind allows. Using the balayage wrap will help keep your colors separated and will act as a window for you to see your creation come to life. You can also balayage with fashion colors or only low lights. You do not have to use lightener. Remember, balayage is a technique, not a style!
Wrong! Balayage lightener is mixed thicker than your standard foil lightener. Because of this, you are only painting on the surface of the hair therefore not the underneath side will not have anything on it.
Now you know the differences between balayage fact, and fiction! Check out our Youtube for more techniques on balayage.
Balayage is the French word for “sweep”, like with a broom, and designates the form of highlighting that is done with an artist’s stroke and a brush rather than with aluminum foil. Balayage lightener is painted directly onto the hair. Balayage wrap may be applied to separate sections but no foil is used. The results are natural looking, ‘sun-kissed’ hair like that of a child that spent the summer at the beach. Regrowth lines are much less obvious than with foil highlights. Clients adore the results!
The Balay Box, our educational starter kit, contains everything a stylist needs to learn how to do balayage. It includes a 500g container of Sunlights, a Balay Wrap (Short), a Balay Brush, a Balay Paddle, a 4-pack of Balay Clips, and an educational DVD that allows a stylist to do balayage as soon as they’re done watching the DVD, all neatly packaged in an attractive corrugated, kraft carrying case. Just add a bow and it’s the greatest gift a stylist can ever receive!
We here at Sunlights are convinced that balayage is the next BIG thing in hair color. Just as foil highlights replaced the practice of pulling hair through a cap in the 1970’s & 80’s, balayage will replace foil highlights in the not too distant future. Watch and see!
Here are its advantages:
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