Hi-lighting hair has gone through some amazing transitions throughout the years. I recall when I was in cosmetology school in the 80’s we used a cap and pulled small strands of hair threw tiny little holes using a crochet needle! It was a hit or miss how it would truly look when all was said and done and the term “FROSTING” was born because it looked like cake icing in the hair. YUM! White noodles laying on the head that were lifted to the palest blonde was the way to go.
Then foiling was introduced in the late 80’s early 90’s allowing us the ability to see exactly where we were putting color in the hair and we could finally use more than one color for marbleizing and definition.
Studio Wish Salon – Kim Gladwell
For many years we have foiled hundreds of thousands heads of hair using tedious techniques of weaving hair that many times would take over an hour to apply. Although effective and the results are much more predictable as stylists we are still looking for the greatest creative release within our art.
The search continues… Throughout the last few years we have all been looking for ways to make this process quicker with stellar results . When Balayage hit the stage and began giving the artist in us true creative freedom there was an “AH-HA” feeling that we were finally on to something! A fun freehand technique to paint the hair. The first taste I had with this playful idea was using tissues or cotton between each section to keep the colors from touching. Although in the beginning it took time to figure out which application method was going to be the most efficient, it felt like someone had removed the foil handcuffs attached to my wrists. Every manufacture has released what they believe is the greatest and easiest way to play with color and do it without fear. They are all good and each a little different. From experience I have found that many times the colors touching and melting together has allowed the color result to be more natural and produces a softer look. I learned to let go of fear with this one, lost the tissue paper, lost the foil, lost the cotton and began to paint and play!
Studio Wish Salon – Rowena Yeager
Like many of us we all have friends that will let us play so grab one and about 3 or four color bowls and let your creative juices fly.
Now I am not sure about how the rest of the stylizing world feels about the first introduction of “Ombre”… Oh that harsh line where two colors met… how many did you find yourself redoing because the guest thought they were going to love it? They claimed it looked so fab on the celebrity picture they brought you in the magazine… YIKES. Like with many things there was a learning curve. We began playing with several colors rather than just two and found we could paint from scalp to ends having a gradual blend that we call “Melt”. We also found that while applying using deep “W’s” or “M’s” gave the softest effect. Alphabet painting… spell out whatever you like. Put your signature in the look that makes a statement. Why not right?
We are creative people looking for the freedom to just “Be”. Think outside those “foil handcuffs”. Let go of the fear and you will be amazed at the fun you will find. This is what it is all about. YOU and your CRAFT! That transition from one technique to another, “The Color Chameleon”. You are an artist play like one. Look for inspiration around you in everything you see, photos, art, nature, stained glass, architecture, sometimes even in poetry that brings a visual to your mind. No more holding back. What can you create? Share it with the world and shout it out. I honestly would love to see what you can do. Find me on Facebook – www.facebook.com/rowena.yeager, Instagram – studiowishsalon, Twitter – studiowishsalon, Pinterest – studiowishsalon. Show me your looks and hashtag them #WishLoveFun. Now get on that playground with your color palettes and have fun!!!
Color Chameleon – Rowena Yeager