Transitioning your Guest to their Natural Grey!
The time has finally come: your client has finally decided to embrace the beauty of having their natural grey come through. Don’t panic! This can be incredibly intimidating as a stylist. There are a million thoughts going through your head: “Where do I start?” “How do I approach this?” “No more every 3 week regrowth touch up? That’s less money on their ticket.”
First and foremost, be honest with your client. Are they really ready to embrace this? Or are they just having a bad day? If they're really ready to give up the color retouch, that’s the first hurdle!
Next, what does their natural color look like? What color have you been applying on top of this? Is their hair short or long? Obviously, the lighter the color and the shorter the hair, the easier the transition will be. If they have long, brunette hair, the transition may be a little harder for them to handle. There are many options depending on how drastic and how fast you and your client decide you want to do the transition. Some tend to want to do it a little more organically. In that case, just let the color grow in, and get more frequent hair cuts. Others would prefer to lighten up with highlights gradually and tone with a color closer to their natural grey but it will take more time.
However you approach it, you have to be honest with yourself and your client. This can be time consuming and costly. Explain to them that this is a process and will take time! Ask them to be patient, and in the end they'll be happy! Remeber that no matter what, our goal is to always make our guests happy.
Bobs are BACK, baby!
TREND ALERT! Popular hairstyles from the red carpet are always fun to imitate, some of the newest trends of this fall include bold bobs, bangs, and sleek parts!Bobs are trending in the celebrity world now, ranging from angular to straight. Perhaps the surge in 90’s fashion and hair inspired the re-emergence of edgy bobs, and we love it! The geometric look is in, whether you want your bob in layers or all one length you’ll be a trendsetter going for a chop!
Fringe-bangs are also on trend, with beautiful versatility to them. Long, tapered bangs allow the look to be at once relaxed and soft, while also being classic and elegant. Wear them to the side, split down the middle, or messy; they're this season’s fun new addition that can add diversity to a look.
Lastly, sleek looks with center parts are some of the most cool, sophisticated styles of this fall! Using a thin comb to get a perfectly straight line can make a style look sharp and clean. Even pair a center part with a edged bob to be even more trendy.
Visit our salon today to get on trend – we have skilled stylists who have learned the French cutting method; an essential technique to cutting the perfect bob, or fringe!
Why is Salon Education Important?
Here at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers the foundation of our success starts with education. Whether that education is from a salon, going to trade shows, or being self-taught watching youtube videos you are never too seasoned to stop educating yourself!
You may find yourself wondering why your books aren’t as full as they used to be, or why your clients throw a fit if you raise your prices by a few dollars. But ask yourself, when was the last time I invested in myself and my education? Graduating from cosmetology school may not be enough. Within Jamison Shaw Hair Dressers we have a class every Friday morning for our stylists and our assistants. That’s right! We carve out at least an hour and a half of our busy schedules to dedicate to education each week.
This education can range from our own stylists passing down their trade secrets, to outside educators coming in to show us the latest color formulating trends or (gasp!) even foiling. Jamison Shaw may be known for balayage, but if you don't use it, you lose it. We also have an in house academy that we host for people around the world to attend right here in Atlanta Georgia. Whether you are new to balayage, French hairdressing, or just need to refresh your skills, we encourage everyone to invest in their education at our Academy.
Balayage is one of the most requested services in the salon today. However, if you’ve been foiling since you left cosmetology school, painting hair can be intimidating, but it can be so rewarding to you as well as your clients once you get the hang of it!
First step: Sectioning
After pre-cutting, you’ll want to section your guest’s hair to start your balayage. Make sure the crown is not over parted; meaning taking the hair where it naturally falls instead of forcing the section to be where you want it. Take a section from the crown to the top of the ear and clip away and mimic on the other side. Make sure the sections are clipped back taunt so that you can stay clean while you paint.
Second step: Consistency & Saturation
Using Sunlights Balayage lightener, you will want to use a 1:1 ratio of lightener and any crème developer. You want the consistency to be like cream cheese - not too runny, and not too thick. Mix it with love! A good check is once the bowl is mixed, if you can hold it upside down with no spillage, you know you’ve got it right!
Third step: Application
Tap, Rub, Push! Tapping the product on the regrowth first, you will then want to rub the product down the strand to the midshaft. Make sure the saturation is correct, before you move on to painting the ends and re-saturate if necessary at the regrowth and midshaft to avoid patchiness. Once you are happy with how the product looks on the strand, you then push your product onto the ends of the hair utilizing your balayage paddle, for full saturation and to have the “pop” on the ends.
Balayage is a technique that can be tricky to master, but with our tutorials, and some practice you’ll be painting your way to financial freedom, and saving time behind the chair!