I am a huge fan of the Ombre coloring technique and a specialist on Balayage. I love continuing my education and when doing so, I came across this article. For anyone interested in learning this technique or thinking of getting this look done on themselves… Here it is straight from a well respected celebrity hair stylist on his advice and expertise on Ombre Color.
What can we say about John Sahag’s Color Director Doug Macintosh? Plenty! He’s one of New York’s most talented, innovated and celebrated hair colorist who has quite the celebrity following—Carey Mulligan, Renee Zellweger, Christina Hendricks and Abbie Cornish just to name a few. He’s also pretty amazing at creating breathtaking ombré results on his fashionable and sophisticated clientele. To help you become a master, Doug shares his 10 tried-and-true tricks, tips and techniques for creating stellar ombré in the salon.
1. Make sure the hair is at least shoulder length. Ombré is supposed to be sun-kissed in appearance. Think leftover exposure from last summer. Short hair is not long enough to have been “ombré-aged.” It will just look funny if it’s not long enough!
2. Most clients who want the ombré look don’t realize it is a fashion-forward look. The haircut needs to accompany it. Someone with too many short layers may not get the same effect as someone with one length or long layers. It’s important you educate your client and steer them in the proper direction.
3. Speaking of layers, it’s important to remember that the less amount of layering in the cut the more delineation between the light and dark features in the hair. If the client does not want a severe look then try to stay as close as you can to the base color.
4. Not matter how striking my client wants their ombré to appear, I ALWAYS place a few pieces of highlights around the face.
5. The biggest question I am asked from colorists is, “How do I lighten the ends?” There are several different ways to go about this, but the easiest is to tease the ends into a tight backcomb. Once this is done, put on a pair of gloves and apply the lightener to…the GLOVES! Take your gloved hands and SQUEEZE the teased ends. Yes, it really is that simple.
6. Use powder lightener to create an ombré look. I like going this route instead of using traditional hair color, especially high lift colors. Since they require a 2:1 mix, the liquid is too runny. Stick with the powder.
7. If you plan on using a Balayage technique on the ends, I recommend you use a moist lightener. I love Pure Platinium from L’Oréal Professional. It never dries out and always stays put!
8. If you’re using foils for the ends, I recommend you start with big weaves at the nape and use a light foil. You’ll love the results.
9. And speaking of foils, I DO NOT recommend using long foils. They can be heavy and pull the hair and product which causes it to leave bleed marks in the hair.
10. Remember, there are no rules set in stone when it comes to the ombré technique. Be creative. Consider using color on the ends. This trend is all over fashion blogs and on the runway. It’s like the return of ends dipped in Manic Panic that were hot in the 90’s!
Please note that this service should only be provided by a licensed professional. Services being provided by unauthorized individuals can result in damage and breakage to the scalp and hair.
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