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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!

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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