#MOONBEAUTY goes LIVE today at 5pm with celebrity hairstylist and geminijunemoon creative team member Kristen Parks (IG: @kristenparx) as she takes our editor, june ann d'angelo's haircolor #tothemoon for #ULTRASTL that we are proud to be hosting alongside ALIVE MAGAZINE this coming Saturday night!
follow @geminijunemoon and @kristenparx on IG tonight to see just how Kristen Parks uses Olaplex, Redken Fast Lift Lightener and the Pravana vivids to introduce st. louis to the #rainbowtrend that's sweeping salons across the world right now!
BALAYAGE, THE SOFTER OMBRE
by Kristen Parks
in 2013, the ombre trend hit the ground running... fast. The stark contrast between light and dark, red and blonde, dark colors and bright fashion colors quickly took over the trendy world with combinations perfect for every season! While we still see plenty of BEAUTIFUL ombres out there, we are now seeing more of the "balayage" trend.
this trend has several names... balayage, sombre, tortoise shell, hair painting, etc. I can best describe it to you as a very natural colored base, with a very subtle, painted on high light. The high lights, have the blended, ombre look, but the amount of high light is very small and focused around the face. This application gives the appearance of a more natural, sunkissed looked.
balayage is perfect for any low maintance clients who are looking for a little pick me up for their spring and summer hair color! I get to do this process often, but I took some time to do the application on a model, so I could take pictures throughout and show you before, during and after!
my model, Amber, came to STLooks with long hair and grown out color and layers. To add to the look, I gave Amber a super cute and trendy shoulder length, layered cut. This cut is super popular this year, especially for the ladies with balayage! Layers love to play in colors. The first cut, removed the bulk of unwanted hair, followed by color, then a final, precise cut.
for the balayage process, foils really are not nessesary! I LOVE this. This means that no two balayage will look the same! On top of the individuality, we also save a TON of time! Depending on the look I'm going for, I use a board to paint the hair. For a more bold look, I typically do not use the board. For this subtle look, I used Redken Flash Lift lightener and a board! Her natural hair color is such a rich, gorgeous brown that I decided to work with that and not hit her base with any extra color!
After letting the lightener process, I rinsed Amber's hair and decided to use a toner. Toners are used to either neutralize or enhance colors! I wanted to enhance Ambers highlights with a really pretty warm, gold violet! So after rinsing, we did one more cut to make sure all cuts were clean, and her layers were perfect! I styled Amber with my 1 1/4 inch Hot Tools curing iron. This size iron produces perfectly sized large curls or brushed-through perfect summer waves! I went ahead and brushed through the curls to really show off Amber's new color!
There are so many beautiful variations of this trend. For some people, less is more and , for others, more is more! For Amber, this subtle version is perfect! Just enough to liven up her locks and give her a fresh new look for these warmer months! And as she starts getting out in the sun, her hair will naturally lighten up, giving her a little boost to her subtle high lights.
what do you think of this new trend? have you asked your stylist to try it out on you? send us your balayage pics (stylists, too) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on an upcoming blog post...
by Kristen Parks
As a stylist, I see so many trends come and go.... some in small waves, and others in HUGE waves. Right now, thanks to a certain previously dark haired celeb, going blonde in one salon visit is one of those HUGE waves.
LBVS here. This is about a big of an ordeal as it is a trend. Don't get me wrong, I can only dream of having lilac white blonde hair myself. But there are some things to take into consideration before making that hair decision!
How long is your hair right now? Shoulder length? So if, on average, hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 an inch each month it took you about... 2 years to grow that? How attached are you to the length? Lightener's job is to remove every bit of everything from your hair, which can cause dryness, damage, even the dreaded chemical cut. A pretty significant trim is needed after going blonde. Even if you think it feels good, trim it. We want purposeful cuts and shapes in our hair cuts, NOT chemical induced breakage!
Back to that hair that took about 2 years to grow... What ALL has been done to your hair in those two years? Box color? Professional color? Perm? Keratin Smoothing? Kool-aid coloring? BE HONEST! I CANNOT stress this enough. Be. Honest. This will help your stylist make the right decision on whether or not going blonde in one visit is possible, the methods and products to use, and so. Which will help preserve the integrity of your hair, so again BE HONEST! There's nothing worse than a surprise found under that "natural" hair color... old bright hair colors, use of metallic dyes (HUGE NO NO) and just plain old chemical cutting. A stronger lightening product may be needed for old hair colors and it should be noted that lightener can react negatively with metallic dyes and cause serious damage to your hair. A perm chemically alters the structure of your hair, those bonds may no longer be strong enough to handle going blonde in one visit.
Do you like gold blonde hair? Or do you mind weekly or bi weekly visits to the salon for a toner session? More often than not, hair turns gold rather than those adored cool tones, white, silver, lilac, ash. If you like golden blondes, perfect. If not, you'll need a toner. Toners are demi-
permanent, meaning they will last up to 6 ish weeks... depending on the condition of your hair, your wash schedule (read all about wash schedules here...!), you may need to come in weekly or bi weekly to maintain the desired cool as well as even tone. Even the goldilocks blondes may need toner to make sure it's an even all over color. Ask your stylist about how long the service will take and how much it will cost, to make sure you're staying in your budget and you can always call me for a professional consultation!
How committed are you REALLY to being and staying blonde? Are you ready to maintain roots every 4-6 weeks? Against the lightest of blonde hair, any natural hair color is going to look DARK, which can drive anyone CRAZY. As previously mentioned, hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch every month. Although you may have to visit the salon more often, root touch-ups are much easier and less time consuming (and less expensive) than the initial process!
If you still feel like you want to try going blonde in one process, talk to your stylist ahead of time. Make sure she/he has allotted enough time for you in their schedule, is prepared with the needed product, and they may want a consultation with you before hand. If you don't have a stylist, PLEASE FIND ONE (or call me). Prevent excess damage to your hair and possible injury to yourself by NOT doing this at home or unprofessionally! Your stylist can also be prepared to send you home with products that will keep your hair healthy between visits!
If your stylist recommends you take a slower approach to going blonde, LISTEN TO THEM! They are the professionals! They can make educated decisions to keep your hair in the best health possible. If you don't believe your stylist, get a second and third opinion from other stylists in other salons! Then make your decision!
Do you have any experiences with going blonde in one salon visit? Tell us about it in the comments!