We’re constantly surrounded by new color trends each season and while the shades may change, the techniques to achieve the look largely stay the same. Many of us learned plenty of foundations in cosmetology school or advanced techniques while assisting or on the floor, but it’s always a good idea to brush up on the basics and be reminded of a few key tips.
Color Theory & Interpretation
While color theory may have become second nature, brushing up on the idea of complementary and contrasting color is always a great idea, especially as the season changes. Having a deeper understanding of the color wheel and how it works into the individual color line you are working from – whether it is Wella Professionals Koleston Perfect, Color Touch, or Illumina Color – can increase efficiency behind the chair and help you achieve successful results each time.
One of the most important aspects of any hair color appointment is the consultation. This is due to the fact that many individuals see color very differently — what is cool to one person may be neutral to another. For this reason, using visual representations of your own work or something similar is ideal to agree on the finished look.
Sectioning & Placement
Every stylist has their own style when it comes to placement, however, each client should be looked at as a unique situation. Their hair type, texture and cut should always be taken into account each time you begin because diagonal front placement may work wonders on most of your clients, but it isn’t ideal for all of them. Play with your client’s hair, look at the shape of the head, see how their hair falls and then come up with a strategic plan that is customized just for them.
Whether you’re switching up weaving techniques, adding lowlights, or utilizing backcombing, one thing that many stylists tend to forget is to saturate their foils properly. Using too much or too little product can have adverse effects. As a rule of thumb a heavy saturation can help ensure even results and a proper lift, just don’t overload foils to the point where they may leak and cause bleed lines. If you're worried about the integrity of your client's hair, utilizing a lightening powder such as Wella Professionals BlondorPlex. With up to 7 levels of lift and bond builders already added in, you'll never have to worry about compromising your lift!
Accurate Foil Size
How many times have you moved to a section of the hair and had the wrong size foils? Most of us will simply use an extra long foil on short hair or patch two shorter lengths together for longer areas. While this is ok in a pinch, it is actually best to have foil lengths that match the various lengths of hair you’re working on. This cuts back on snafus and ensures foils won’t bleed or fall.