If your hair is coloured you should always use a shampoo and conditioner that will protect and preserve your hair colour. I use and sell L’Oréal Professionnel hair products for coloured hair as well as many other L`Oreal haircare and styling products. You’ll find more information about L`Oreal hair products and what they do for your hair on my retail pages. Some of the products are listed below:
Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditioner – for coloured hair.
Shine Blonde Shampoo – for blonde hair.
Lumino Contrast Shampoo and Masque – for highlighted hair.
What type of hair colour would you like?
So often people send me simple texts which say “How much is a colour?” I can never answer it without asking questions back, such as: “What type of hair colour service would you like? How long and thick is your hair? Would you like a haircut as well?” It helps if you can tell your mobile hairdresser a little bit about what you want when asking for a price, or when booking an appointment. Below is a miniature hair colour dictionary.
Here is a small list of hair colour techniques and hair colour styles. It may help you to better understand some hairdressing lingo. Click on each word for an explanation.
Balayage is a freehand hair painting technique. The art of balayage is a specialised way of colouring hair by painting hair colour or hair lightener onto the hair in a sweeping motion, in triangular sections. It is generally done from roots to ends, and only some of the hair is painted. This is to create a look of graduated, natural – looking, ‘sun-kissed highlights’ throughout the hair. Balayage highlights are more random and less symmetrical than foil highlights. This gives them a more natural look as they grow out, which tends to make them lower maintenance than foil highlights.
Babylights are superfine highlights achieved using the foiling technique. Many very fine sections of hair are woven and painted. The highlights are so fine they look like natural highlights. It’s time consuming and can be more costly, but gives a beautiful, multi-dimensional result. When I started hairdressing this is how every head of foils was done! This was when foils first took over the tip cap!
Bronde is a beautiful mixture of brunette and blonde. It is achieved starting with a darker base, graduating down with colours, using the Balayage highlighting technique. The contrast between the darkest and lightest shade should be no more than 3 levels. The mixture of a light brown shade and subtle blonde highlights, blended with the rest of the hair, gives the hair the appearance of being golden and honey-toned. I love using some of the Mocha Shades, Golden Blonde Shades and Blonde Studio Lighteners by L`Oreal Professionnel to achieve the Bronde look. Bronde is great for darker haired clients wanting to go a bit lighter.
A demi permanent is a tone on tone colour. It contains no ammonia but is mixed with a developer. It may be used to lighten hair slightly. It will cover grey more than a semi permanent colour, but not as much as a permanent colour. A demi permanent colour has a discreet regrowth, lasting about six weeks. It can be used for toning highlights, refreshing colour, blending grey, enriching natural colour, or for corrective work.
This is a highlighting technique where uniform and defined highlights are obtained quite close to the roots of the hair. The colourist takes a thin section of hair and from that weaves another section of hair. Behind the woven out hair a piece of foil is placed, lightener is painted onto the hair (on the foil), the bottom part of the foil is folded up to cover the painted foil. This is repeated over parts of the hair that you want highlighted and the colour is processed. You can weave the highlights as thick or as thin as you want them.
Hair contouring is a hair colour technique where based on your face shape, the colourist strategically chooses and places colour to perfectly frame your face, accentuating your best features, whilst also flattering your natural skin and eye tone. Shortly I will add a page with more info and photos of hair contouring.
When we highlight hair we separate strands of hair from the rest of the hair and colour them a lighter colour than the other hair. This can be done by using different hair colouring techniques such as FOILS, BALAYAGE, or even the old method of doing TIPS, using a tip cap. A Tip Cap is a rubber cap with holes. We place this over the head, pull small amounts of hair through the holes with a fine metal crochet hook, paint colour onto the hair that has been pulled through, process the colour, wash the hair and there you have your highlights.
Lowlights are the opposite to highlights. Instead of separating strands of hair and lightening them, you darken them. You may want to add lowlights to someone’s greying hair if they don’t want to go for a full hair tint, or you may want to add some darker tones to hair that has been over lightened.
Ombre hair is a style of hair colour where the hair colour is dark at the top of the head, gradually changing into a light colour towards the ends. Ombre is achieved by using the Balayage technique, carefully blending and using more hair lightener or hair colour further down towards the ends of the hair. None of the dark colour is left at the bottom of the hair. The word 'Ombre' comes from the French word meaning ‘shaded’. Ombré is low maintenance, works well for all hair lengths and continues to look natural as it grows out.
A tint is a permanent hair colour. As your hair grows you will see your natural hair colour growing through. The tint hair colour will fade, but will not wash out. You will need to have your roots (regrowth) touched up regularly, every 4 – 6 weeks.
A semi permanent colour has no ammonia, is not mixed with developer and lasts for about six washes. It does not lighten the hair. It may blend, but not cover grey hair. Some coloured shampoos can even be classed as semi permanent colours
Sombre is a ‘soft ombre’. Sombre is Ombre with a more subtle, more natural effect. It’s a softer transition from dark to light. With Sombre lighter pieces of hair frame the face. The highlights tend to move further from the roots, the further they move towards the back of the head. More subtle tones of colour are used, for example hair colours only a few shades lighter or darker than each other.
Temporary colours usually wash out in about one wash. They are used to mask grey hair or add a colour to the surface of the hair. Examples of temporary colours are hair touch up (hair make up by L`Oreal), coloured mousse, coloured hairspray hair chalk and hair mascara.
A Toner is a demi-permanent colour that is applied to damp hair after the hair has been pre lightened (bleached). Sometimes after being lightened the hair colour looks perfect and doesn’t need a toner at all. Sometimes though the colour may seem a bit yellow or brassy, so will need toning down. Toners may also be used to give you a specific blonde look that you’re after. As a rule toners don’t last very long, maybe 4 – 5 weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair and what you wash it with.
Tips is another technique used to do highlights - an older method of highlighting hair, replaced by foils. Tips are done by using a Tip Cap which is a rubber cap with holes. We place this over the head, pull small amounts of hair through the holes with a fine metal crochet hook, paint colour onto the hair that has been pulled through, process the colour, wash the hair and there you have your highlights. If you have used bleach or a hair lightener instead of a tint, a toner may be used before the cap is removed.
Hairstyles and Hair Colour
Different hair colours will enhance the look of different hairstyles. It can have a striking effect on short haircuts. Many of my formal hairstyles and braids are accentuated because of the balayage or foils colouring technique used in the hair.
If you’re in need of a mobile hairdresser call me, Bev Ryrie. I travel Melbourne’s suburbs doing haircuts and hair colours and wedding hairstyles. Some of the suburbs I travel to are Werribee, Yarraville, Seddon, Footscray, Maidstone, Sunshine, Essendon, Newport, Point Cook, Altona, Altona Meadows, Williams Landing, Moonee Ponds, Braybrook, Williams Landing, Ascot Vale and Williamstown. To see other suburbs I travel to and services I provide please go to my SERVICES page