The path to perfect hair color

March 11, 2024
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In the world of hair color, one technique stands out and is popular with celebrities and hairstylists alike - balayage. This bespoke coloring method has established itself as a real game-changer in the beauty industry. Not only does it promise an individual coloration that is perfectly matched to the client's hair type and wishes, but also a seamless transition from natural roots to luminous ends. However, in the world of hair coloring, there are not only balayage, but also other techniques to support a suitable and individual look.

Babylights - The fine art of whitening

This form of hair lightening, especially in blonde, offers a more natural, less noticeable look compared to classic highlights and are perfect for fine, blonde highlights that create a subtle effect. These subtle light reflections in the hair create a soft, sun-kissed effect that is ideal for those who want a subtle change. Compared to traditional highlights, which often create a stronger, brighter effect, babylights represent a softer transformation.

To achieve the subtle and natural effects of babylights, very thin strands of hair are lightened. This technique requires precision and skill to ensure an even and subtle effect.  

Durability of Babylights

To prolong the life of babylights, it is advisable to use special care products that moisturize the hair and protect the color. Depending on the growth of the hair and the desire to keep the color fresh, babylights should be re-colored regularly - usually every 8 to 12 weeks. Despite the use of bleach, babylights are no more damaging to the hair than other coloring techniques as long as they are done professionally.  

Combinations with other techniques

They can also be perfectly combined with other coloring techniques such as balayage, classic highlights or a complete color to create individual and multi-layered looks. The choice of the right shade depends on the customer's wishes, type and initial situation. A thorough consultation in the salon can help to find the perfect shade.

Special care

Rich, moisturizing products such as masks and leave-in conditioners are recommended for the care of baby highlights. For optimal care, we recommend the Leave-In Conditioner from Newsha or the Conditioner for Beautiful Color from Oribe. These products help to keep the hair healthy and preserve the luminosity of the color. Because babylights create a soft transition, unwanted color fade is usually not a problem. For those who want an even more subtle lightening, Painting can offer an alternative that creates a similar delicate effect as Babylights, but with a different technique.

In summary, babylights are a way to give hair a soft, natural lift that is versatile and customizable. With the right care and regular touch-ups, babylights can create a long-lasting, beautiful and natural look that emphasizes the subtle nuances of individual style.

Balayage - The classic look

The classic look, characterized by naturalness and flowing transitions, sets standards in the technique of hair refinement, ideal for all those who prefer a natural gradient. The care of balayage is just as important as with other colorations, as blonde hair is generally more stressed and requires rich care.

Trends in balayage

Current trends in balayage include "extreme frames", which frame the face with lighter tones, as well as natural blonde tones. At the moment, the trend is moving in a warmer direction, e.g. honey blonde

Special care

To prevent Balayage Blond from fading too quickly, it is important to protect the hair from heat, sunlight and too frequent washing.

The transition to balayage blonde from a darker hair color often requires several sessions, between which the hair should be carefully cared for. To achieve the perfect and desired blonde tone, the hair is first brought to the desired brightness with a bleach. Glossing is then used to create the desired blonde tone. This should be refreshed regularly.

Recommended hair structure

Balayage basically suits all haircuts, but it is particularly effective on shoulder-length or longer hair. The application of the technique is adapted to the thickness and structure of the hair, with finer hair being worked finer and thicker hair coarser. The hair structure should be healthy and stable to achieve the best results.

Care at home

For home balayage care, we recommend products that repair and moisturize the hair, such as masks, leave-in conditioners, special shampoos and the use of hair oils. These care steps help to keep the hair healthy and preserve the luminosity of the blonde shade.

Brown meets blonde

For a harmonious color transition from brown to blonde, careful tone selection is essential to support and perfect dark hair with highlights that should match the natural hair tone, type and skin color. For a seamless transition, experts use techniques such as soft painting methods, special highlighting techniques, glossing and root shadow to create depth and dimension without creating too much contrast.

Special care

Regular care is crucial to maintain the balance between the brown and blonde tones. Refreshing the color is recommended every 3 to 5 months, depending on personal preference. Products such as glossing, tinting and toning rinses are recommended to maintain color intensity.

Recommended hair structure

This technique looks great on almost any hair length from shoulder length upwards and is influenced by the initial hair color, which determines the tone and range of the color change. Hairstyles from straight to layered to wavy, in one length, harmonize particularly well with this look. Clients who want to change from a completely blonde to a brown-blonde balayage should be prepared for the fact that several treatments may be necessary to achieve a natural, deep result.

Who are these techniques suitable for

These techniques are suitable for almost all hair types, colors and lengths. Ideally from bob length. Which makes them a versatile choice for many clients. When determining the color intensity, the initial color of the hair, the structure, the client's wishes and the technical possibilities play a decisive role. A typical session can take around 3 to 4 hours, depending on the amount, length and thickness of the hair.

Advantages of hair coloring techniques

Compared to full coloring, these techniques offer numerous advantages, including a more natural result, fewer salon visits and easier color touch-ups.

The cost factors of hair dyes

The cost of a color treatment is made up of several factors. The basic ones are

  • the technology itself,
  • necessary additional cables,
  • the effort and
  • the product expense and
  • the exposure time.
  • In addition, hair length and density influence the price, as more product is used and the technique has to be applied more intensively.

Additional services that can influence the price include

These are charged separately, as a balayage, highlighting technique or color alone is often not enough to achieve the desired result.

A touch-up is usually less time-consuming and less expensive than the initial treatment and should be carried out approximately every 2-3 months to avoid higher costs that arise if the color treatment grows out for too long. This also achieves the best price-performance ratio. In the case of gray roots, it should be noted that recoloring is required more frequently.

Basic care instructions for colored hair

Proper care of color-treated hair is crucial to keep it vibrant and maintain healthy hair. Special shampoos that are very nourishing are recommended, as well as masks, conditioners, hair oils, heat protection products and leave-in products, all of which help to nourish and protect the hair. Dyed hair should not be washed more than 2-3 times a week to preserve the color.

To protect them from environmental influences, measures such as wearing a hat or scarf in the sun include the use of UV protection products. In general, we can recommend all products from Newsha and Oribe, which generally contain UV protection. We also recommend putting your hair up or using a bathing cap in chlorinated or salty water. Regular salon treatments every 2-3 months help to refresh the color.

Heat protection should be used when styling. Here we recommend the Blowout Cream or Heat Protection Blowout Spray from Newsha or the Invisible Defense Universal Protection Spray from Oribe, which have excellent properties in this area.

Conditioners and masks are essential for color longevity as they keep the hair healthy and make the color look more vibrant. A gentle brushing technique from the ends to the roots helps to prevent hair breakage. Between salon visits, the brilliance of the color can be maintained with color care, color conditioners, silver shampoos or color shampoos.

About the author
Sandra von Gneisenau - Managing Director & Stylist

Sandra von Gneisenau

Sandra, the founder of Sandra von Gneisenau Salon, sees professional expertise with a special flair for the individual as one of the core aspects of the trade in her role as managing director and stylist. Early in her career, she acquired her master's degree and took on management positions in the exclusive salons in Munich. Her work with clients from Germany and abroad has shaped her understanding of quality and customer focus. Her clients include national and international celebrities, including well-known personalities from film, television, social media and public life, who come to her for her expertise, discretion and confidence in her abilities. Her training and practical experience enable her to work at the highest level and to precisely grasp and implement her clients' wishes. In her articles, she offers deep insights into her professional expertise and her experiences with a wide range of clients, which makes her a sound consultant in the field of beauty and personal style development.

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