To Balayage or Not to Balayage?

To Balayage or Not to Balayage?

That is the Question!

Before we dive too deep, let me start by saying balayage is a technique, not a look. It is a French term that means to sweep, or as we interpret, to paint. It is a tailored highlight (yep! Still considered a highlight). I feel this Is a little deceiving for guests. We all see #balayage and automatically assume It’s a look, and I guess in a way, it has become one. But, for all intents and purposes, it is simply a technique meant to achieve a lived-in, sun-kissed, low maintenance, customizable look.

Does this mean that it’s for everyone? Yes! And no … confusing, right? It won’t be after this post. Now that we know what balayage is, we can decide if this is the right service for you. This works the best for someone that doesn’t want extreme lift or contrast in one shot, they are comfortable with a lived-in color, that’s ok with some warmth (no matter how light you are naturally or how light you can get; there will be warmth) and wants low maintenance hair. If this sounds like you, then this is the right service.

If you want, let’s say, half of that; maybe lived in and low maintenance but with some brightness that packs a punch, and little to no warmth, the foils may be the way to go. Not necessarily the classic application, but more of a tailored (there’s that word again) application. Something that mimics balayage but gets your lightness a bit further quicker. We typically refer to this as foilyage. Foilyage can be a mixture of many different types of highlights; slices, weaves, teasy-lights, even baby-lights. It may also require a few extra steps such as a color melt or root smudge (your stylist should explain this to you in your consultation).

So based off what your starting point is and your desired result, either a balayage or a foilyage may be the best fit for you. Both are fantastic options and your stylist will steer you in the best direction for your hair. If your stylist thinks doing these in sessions or in multiple appointments is best, it’s simply because we are looking out for the health of your hair. Our goal as a stylist is to make you look great, feel amazing, keep your hair healthy, and for you to stay informed. Have any more questions about balayage or foilyage, or want to set up an appointment? We would love to hear from you!

HAPPY HAIR!!


XO

  • Allie Krug

Single Process - All About Covering Those Suborn Grey's!

The what, the why and the when.

  • With Allie Krug


So, what exactly is a single process? (Also known as gray coverage or root touchup). A single process is a color service that is done in one single step: applied, processed, and blown dry. Bing, bang, boom—it’s done. Most often, we use is to cover those ever emerging grays that won’t stop coming. But it is also used for anyone wanting a permanent all-over change or highlights, and don’t want to be bleached and toned.

Mask with Vibrachrom - The color line we use at Craft House Salon

Mask with Vibrachrom - The color line we use at Craft House Salon

A single process touchup is used to color that pesky little line of natural hair (and yes, gray is natural) that we start to see creeping out every four weeks (sometimes two to three).  That little hair strand may seems larger than life, yet it is both a blessing and a curse. Our hair is growing, and back to the salon we go.

There is a reason we request you to come back for a single process touchup within four to six weeks. Why is this, you may ask? KERATINIZATION. This is the process that when hair grows, it continues to harden. The hair closest to your scalp is softer than the hair grown out half an inch. The harder the hair, the more difficult for the color to penetrate it.

Now, what happens when you wait too long to get your single process touchup done (longer than six weeks—and six weeks is pushing it), it creates banding. Banding is usually lighter and has break through gray or natural color showing, more transparent than what is closer to the scalp. This means the color would then have to be reapplied to get proper coverage. To avoid banding from happening, your stylist has to formulate and/or apply different products. Because this takes more time and product, it will be more expensive for you, the guest. So “stretching color” in theory might spread out your appointments, but your color will not be as consistent and the procedure will be more expensive. When your stylist tells you they want to see you in four to six weeks, it is for a good reason. Doing color in the proper timeframe results in an even, balanced, and beautiful hue. You get that perfect shade without having to be there for added time or money, and know that it will be consistent and accurate every time.

Wella Insta Recharge

Wella Insta Recharge

Not everyone is lucky to be four to five weeks out when the grays start to emerge, and we understand it can be an unsettling sight for some people to see. We recently just got in Insta Recharge by Wella ($25). It is a temporary root concealer, that comes in a sleek compact with a mirror and brush. It can be used in four different ways! Regrowth concealing, highlight extension, optical filling/thickening, and eyebrow definition. Available in five shade:  Light Blonde, Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, and Black. Curious? Want to see it in action? Stop in and give it a try, testers are available in all colors. We’ve had great feed back already!

If this type of maintenance isn’t for you, we suggest discussing it with our colorist. There are a myriad of options for color to better fit your lifestyle.

Happy Hair!

Xo,

Allie Krug


Color Talk with Rachel


Chocolate on Chocolate — The Color Trend EVERYONE Loves.

Chocolate on chocolate. Sounds delicious, right? Calm your taste buds. Im talking about hair! Balayage is a big hit, but if you have had the blonde look for a while and are craving a change, this might be for you. A milk chocolate glaze on those worn out blonde locks is just what Winter ordered. Bonus, it is not a forever commitment, for when spring calls for your blonde back! Low maintenance, still on trend, and 100% YUM.  

Thinking about making the change? Color gloss lasts about 4-6 weeks depending on hair porosity, and how much you wash and condition (bring on the dry shampoo!). Consultation is key if you’re a super pale blond. You may have to take an extra step to get there. All in all, if you don’t need to freshen up your balayage, you can receive a big change for not a lot of dough (see what I did there).

What to expect? If your pre existing balayage is A-Ok we would have you shampooed by one of our top-notch apprentices. The gloss is applied with a formulation to the chocolate that is meant for you. Your hair color will process for 10-25 minuets depending on your needs. Finally, your hair is rinsed, conditioned, and styled.

If It has been a while, and you are a tad too grown out for a solo glaze, that’s OK too. A re-fresh of your balayage will add dimension and brightness in all the right places. Then, after processing, the same glossing approach is taken.

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We do suggest if it’s been a while since your last trim, that it’s a great time to get the shape back in order. A gloss and a great cut will have you feeling so very, very ready for the Holidays.  

The chocolate on chocolate look is suitable for everyone. Still maintaining your dimension, but bringing life and shine back, along with a new look. Depending on skin tone, you can dip into caramel on chocolate, slather some warm peanut butter tones into the mix, or keep it cool with that milk chocolate — my personal fave. 

What are you waiting for? Indulge! 

XOXO

Rachel