Pure Enlightenment – the Balayage Kit 2

You’ve all heard about balayage – it’s that modern, effortlessly highlighted hair that everyone wants.  You read about it in every magazine, “ask your stylist for balayage highlights!”  And as stylists we know, we have to constantly be educating ourselves on the best products for the best results of this sought after look.

When #Pravana sent me their latest collab with Guy Tang (only one of the biggest Hollywood hair guru’s around) I was SUPER excited to try out their new Balayage kit.  #pravanabalayage  – Not only is Guy Tang one of my top 5 stylists I look up to and get education from, but I know that Guy Tang, being who he, would really and truly put his heart into a product that he’s collaborating on.  It’s not just slapping a name on something for him; I know that I can trust that he wants the best ingredients and products for stylists to give to our clients.

Opening the Balayage stylist kit is awesome – it comes with the Pravana Pure Light Lightener, the 3 different developers (Low, Med and High), the Balayage paddle, and 3 different sized brushes (a large, medium and small – small being purrrrfect for those around-the-face-sun-kisses)  Pravana also sent me all the new “Express Tones” toners to create dozens of different effects on the balayaged hair – I was so stoked! Thank you #Pravana !

Why not just use regular bleach instead?  This lightener is wonderful because it has the soothing effects of aloe, plus a keratin protein to help smooth and repair the hair as it’s being lightened.  Plus the most important factor is that this is a clay-based lightener.  When regular bleach lightener is placed on the hair, we have to place it in between foils to keep the bleach wet so that it stays activated.  When it dries out, it stops working.  With this clay lightener, it creates a hard protective barrier around the hair shaft, and actually keeps the INSIDES moisturized and active – without the use of foils or heat.  That’s how we can create the beauty of hand painted highlights, without the cumbersome foils in our way.  Wahooo!

After a few test rounds, I was excited to use the kit on my client Taylor who was coming in for a beautiful blonde ombre.  She said she’d gone to other stylists, but was never happy with the outcome.  She said her hair always came out to orange, or brassy and never bright blonde enough.  I knew hair magic was going to happen!

Once Taylor was in my chair, I could see we had a lot of work to do.  The ends were a brassy orange, the blonde never quite looking “blonde”, and there was 2-3 inches of natural growth with 3-4 inches of a dyed brunette.  To get Taylor to the bombshell balayage look she wanted, I knew I would be using the hairpainting balayage method (see pic to the right).  This would bump her dyed brunette areas to a soft blonde, and her natural growth would bump up just a bit to soften the line.  Then we needed to brighten the bottom to a beautiful beige blonde without causing damage on her previously lightened ends.  You see, it’s not only about creating the look client’s want, but keeping the integrity of her hair.  I wanted to do everything possible to keep all that beautiful length of Taylor’s gorgeous length!

Mixing the lightener to the correct measurements (that is KEY with this clay based lightener), I applied the lightener in triangular sections and using deep v’s of lightener to create the balayage signature look.  After processing for 40 minutes, I applied the Ash and Natural (1:1) Express Tones to the hair to soften her now bright blonde ends to that beautiful beige blonde.  After about 5 minutes, we shampooed, conditioned and dried her to a gorgeous finish.

WHA-LAAAA!  Her hair was balayaged to perfection, these cascading blonde waves saying it all! I loved using this lightener and I will be using it again and again.  Stylists – have you gotten your kit yet and tried it?  Was your experience the same?  Post your comments below!  GIRLS and GUYS! If you want a beautiful balayage experience, tell your stylist they have to get their hands on this!  Send them to my blog to read and see for themselves! It’s awesome!

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Before Hair Inspiration Ombre Bronde Hair Painting Balayage Aimee J'Adore Portland Salon
HairPainting Balayage Aimee J'Adore Aimee Jadore Guy Tang Pravana Pure Enlightenment Hairstylist PDX Portland Salon
Hair Painting Balayage Aimee J'Adore Aimee Jadore Portland PDX Salon Before and After Guy Tang Pravana Pure Enlightenment
Hair Painting Balayage Aimee J'Adore Aimee Jadore Portland PDX Salon Before and After Guy Tang Pravana Pure Enlightenment

Rose Gold – the IT color for Fall

I’m sure you’ve all been following the unicorn trends – and this fall 2015 is pointing its way straight to ROSE GOLD.  What IS rose gold?  It can’t be too pink, or too gold.  It’s the elusive, most sought after color of the season.  And I got to do it on my client, Nikki today!

rose gold before aimee j'adore jadore

Nikki came in with 3-4 inches of natural hair, having been several months since her last highlight.  Her mid-to ends were a warm golden blonde from all the summer sun.  So I did a full foil highlight with BlondeMe+20 vol, applied in sections from nape to crown.  This is our “mid” photo – I’m so bad about forgetting the “first” photo!

Once we got to this point, it was time to apply the  rose gold!  With Nikki’s hair already being a warm golden blonde, this was the perfect place to layer our rose gold into it.  If her hair was lightened to (say a level 10-12) very light blonde, it would have been too blonde, and not had enough foundation for the deep rose blush we need.  Having a warm blonde base creates the perfect step to rose gold.  It’s GOLD! 🙂

After I shampooed and conditioned, blowdried – we took this pic and then set about the final step.  I used schwarzkopf Igora 9.5-18 with 10 vol for about 20-30 minutes, no heat. Applied scalp to ends, thoroughly!

Rose gold hair aimee jadore j'adore salon portland pravana

Once our time was up, I shampooed, conditioned and blow dried again, a bit of trim, style and BOOM.  This gorgeous blush of the rose! It’s almost blonde in some lights, and in others’ all these rose tones shine!  Have you tried doing a rose gold yet? Leave your comments below!


I “Heart” Bangs

I Heart Bangs – or just Heart Bangs! I don’t think I’m doing this right…

How cute are these beautiful ladies from Korea?  Apparently it’s been a sweet trend to cute up your selfies with these Heart shaped Bangs!  We’ve all fallen for the sugary-sweet-make-hearts with your hands to tell your bae you love him (hey baby! <3) or stretching out your heart shaped fingertips up at a music concert to proclaim your love for New Directions (what? I didn’t say that!) But now you can sweeten up your selfie with – Heart Bangs.  Could you rock this super sweet trend?  I could definitely see it picking up with the unicorn haired ladies out there!  Why not?

#HairInspiration  Maybe not for an everyday look, but why not try it on your next selfie on IG to bring a smile to someone’s day!

I tried to do it, but…..I think I’ll leave it to these lovely ladies 🙂


New Trend in the Hair World – Colorombre

Rocking unicorn hair is one of my favorite topics and now I’m seeing that one of the newest haircolor trends is the “Colorombre”.  Have you guys seen this one? It’s different from the “Sand Art” unicorn coloring – instead of doing all those luscious colors from top to bottom, the Colorombre leaves the top of your hair a dark, natural shade, and only the mid shaft through the ends is done in rainbow amazing-ness.  I’d say yay to less root touch ups right?!

Apparently Hollywood hair guru Danny Moon (who did Nicole Ritche’s lovely lavender hair), is doing Colorombre’s left and right with Pravana’s new Locked In Colors. These direct dyes go over bleached platinum blonde hair, with a gel-like consistency so that they can be painted on, in pieces, WITHOUT bleeding all over eachother.  Right on! You heard me! All stylists are raving about the fact that when they wash their client’s hair in the shampoo bowl, the water runs CLEAR.  Even with the dark VIOLET (the kiss of death for white bathtubs) and even the REDS (who will miss their murder-scene shower?)  For us unicorn hair lovers, these are like a gift sent from heaven.

I’m so excited to try these new colors – Pravana sent me my set while I was away on vacay and now that I’m back I’m itching to try them!!! I’ll show you my Colorombre model soon, but for now, check out Danny Moon’s pics from is Insta for inspiration.  Love it!!!


Can you really tan in the shower?

St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Hey, want to get a tan while you’re showering?

When I first read about this new product by St. Tropez (the ultimate tanning peeps), I was completely skeptical. How could you get a tan, while you’re in the shower? Showering? WITH WATER? Wouldn’t that like, rinse it off? Aren’t you NOT SUPPOSED TO GET WET? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD! I DON’T UNDERSTAND!!

So as I’m sure you can imagine, I hightailed it to my nearest Sephora to go check it out myself. It’s called Gradual Tan “In Shower”, the in showering tanning lotion. Mkay…. (pursed lips…mmm hmmm. Really!)

I got home and read the directions – yadda yadda, get a natural looking tan, streak free, no orange, no bad smells. Okay. So you get in the shower, and wash your body, exfoliate with a good scrub like you would a regular spray tan or lotion tan. Directions then say turn off the water, and take a handful of the lotion – while you’re still wet – and rub it all over your body. Then you’re supposed to stand there for 3 minutes, then turn the shower back on, and rinse it off, and get out of the shower, and go about your happy-go-lucky day. It says to do this everyday in the shower until you’ve reached your desired level of tan-ness.

Okay simple enough! I hopped in, exfoliated, and got ready to apply. But then I realized something. I have to stand in the shower? Without the water on? For 3 MINUTES? I’m gonna get cold….I don’t know if you’re like me or not (maybe I’m just a cold blooded unicorn, right?) But I get cold very easily, and standing wet and cold in the shower, for even just 3 minutes, put a frown on my face. So what I did, is I just pushed the showerhead away from my body and left a little space in the shower where I could stand without getting wet, but also where I could easily watch the clock. This way the steam from the hot water at least would continue to warm me, and I wouldn’t have to endure 3 endless minutes of wet shivering. ( #firstworldproblems)

I will note as well, that the directions do say, DO NOT GO OVER 3 MINUTES. I don’t know if something really, really, bad will happen, like your skin will start to wrinkle or turn orange like a carrot, or that Justin Beiber might appear, rapping in your bathroom, but I followed the rules to a T just in case.

It was very easy to apply and with the creaminess of the lotion and the water still on the skin, it made it simple to see that you couldn’t give yourself streaks as long as you went over every inch of you. There was a slight tanning smell, but nothing really to give a pause about. I stood there, waiting for the clock to hit 3 minutes, counting my toes and re-rubbing my arms and legs to make sure I had applied it evenly enough. DING! we were done, and I rinsed off, and hopped out of the shower and toweled off.

I swore when I got out, that it looked like I was actually a little more tan. Say whaaaaat? It seems impossible to me that I could tan in 3 minutes, so I decided it must be my mind playing tricks on me. Every hour after that, I checked my skin, and to my surprise and delight, it actually was working! There WAS an actual tan glow that seemed to get a little darker as the evening went on. Tanning in the shower! Winning!

The next day, I did it again when I had my usual shower. Same thing, same everything as the day went on. I actually looked like I was getting more tan! This stuff actually works! MINDBLOWN.

I used it three days in a row, and by the third day I looked like I had a perfectly even, light brown tan. WHAT THE HELL! This is a miracle for us who hate having that sticky tanning lotion on for 8 hours, or 6 hours, or even my recent favorite the 1-2-3 hour express tans. I noticed a bit of a tanning smell by the third day that lingers a bit, but if that’s the only thing it has, I’d say this is the best tanning revolutionary product I’ve seen in ages. All in all, I’d say try it for yourself. Leave a comment below of your take on it. What did you think?

Aimee J’Adore Pick? YES

Worth the price? It was $25 (US Dollars), which is a bit spendy for how much and how often you use it, but weighing the pros and cons, it could be totally worth it to you.

Pros – No need to wait long hours for a tan to develop, easy application, you don’t need one of those weird mitts, no orange color, not much of a smell, only 3 minutes in the shower! Gradual, buildable light, natural golden color.

Cons – For us weaklings, 3 minutes in the shower can be difficult, but I figured out the method to tough it out. Price wise to how much you would use it, could get a bit spendy to keep up with your new tanning addiction. May not get as dark, dark tan as some girls need.

The link to check it out yourself at!

Hello World! 2

purple pink unicorn hair

This being the start to my blog – actually more of a continuation of one I started years ago and then….life and crap got in the way – I’m so excited to share with all of you the tons of tidbits I’ve got roaming around in my head.  Being 10 years in the hair and makeup industry now, I’ve come across a lot of rights and wrongs, and how there isn’t really a lot of the rights and wrongs but so much in between!  I want to share with you all the things I’ve figured out, all the ins and outs of unicorn haircolor and all those elusive tricks to get your makeup to turn you into Kate Moss-perfectly-contoured-strobed-you-name-it-beach-girl-cool.  I’ve taught classes, shared with fellow artists, gave shoutouts to my favorite products on YouTube, Keek (oh dear god don’t look THOSE up) and honestly my favorite thing was being able to share with an individual person, one on one, what brought out THEIR features, what made THEIR magical unicorn-ness shine bright. And THAT’S what I’m going to do for you.  If you come with me on this magical and (rather) snarky journey, I’m going to give you the personal, individual advice, help, and how to’s like a girlfriend would.  Because you know what? I’m tired of girls bringing eachother down. I want to lift them up. I want each of you to know that you all have your own unique beauty about you.  You have something to say to the world.  Whether you say it through your work, or your talents, through your hair or your makeup – YOU CAN SAY IT. And I’m here just to help you shout it out to the world, in any way I can. (naturally if you want to shout it through your hair or makeup or love of dogs #puppiesAreCrack  – or anything Swedish #yepMyBFisSwedishGOBLONDES, – I can REALLY help you there…)

I’ll also be throwing at you the latest color trends, new makeup product reviews (because who can BUY all that stuff just to try it??) and anything that’s going on that’s cool in the hair and makeup world so that you can bore your bf to tears with your magical beauty news around the globe.

Once I get better at video editing, my YouTube vids will be a lot more fun and exciting to watch. Right now it’s like teaching a 4 year old how to count to 3.  So for now, enjoy my rants and raves and let’s start making today a bit more magical. <3