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Super excited because today I installed my first full head of cold fusion hair extensions on my co-worker, Beth!
I LOVE the cold fusion method! After the first couple rows I really got used to the slight variations between installing cold fusions compared to hot and really cruised. Overall timing is about the same between the two methods, however, the cold fusion method used an ultra sonic wave instead of heat to make the keratin polymer extension tip pliable enough to attach.
Without the use of radiating heat, cold fusion extensions are more gentle on clients hair and the stylists fingers during application as well as safely attached closer to the root.
For more information on this extension method, read this article on Cold Fusion Exensions.
Patrick first came to see me at TLE Salon last summer but luckily he hunted me down and found me in my new location. It was a pleasure to give him this rockin’ haircut today! Hope you enjoyed your first visit to Beauty (SALON)!
I’m proud to announce that I am now offering pre-bonded, strand by strand, ultra sonic cold fusion hair extensions!
This new method uses ultra sonic waves to melt the keratin bonds with out heat resulting in the neatest, smallest, most undetectable and safest fusion extension method on the market.
The bonds melt just enough to be pliable and adhere to the natural hair but does not radiate heat that allows for a connection closer to the scalp and easier on the stylists fingers!
Eliminate any risk for damage or breakage by choosing the cold fusion method with out having to wear the bulkier alternative of micro beads!
Maybe you aren’t familiar with the term Ombre but I’m sure you have seen this hair coloring technique on celebs everywhere lately. The term Ombre means shaded or graduated in tone. When this idea is applied to hair color it describes a melting of graduated tones from roots to ends. This dark root to light end hair trend has become so popular due to its reduced need for maintenance.
When I first saw this trend pop up, I must admit, I was not a fan. However, as popularity rose I feel that hairstylist have discovered and perfected the techniques that can make this color choice a flawlessly sun-kissed look.
Here are some examples of why I disliked the Ombre at first and how those same celebs have improved the look over time:
In this photo I hated the Ombre look. Her dark root color to her light ends was too highly contrasted or at least wasn’t graduated enough. The transition is a bit abrupt and creates to much of a dividing line.
In this later photo you can see that the dark tones really melt perfectly through the lengths of her hair. Not only is the technique better executed but the color choices and blonde toning compliment each other much better.
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Drew but Ekk! this Ombre was an epic fail in my opinion. I strongly disapprove of the distinctive line between dark and light that is clearly seen at eye level. The color choices aren’t awful but could be a little less brassy.
Now I think we can all agree that this is a much more flattering Ombre look for Drew. No harsh lines just smooth blended color from dark to light. I prefer the cooler tones of browns and blondes in this photo. The blonde still has a bit of warmth without looking brassy. Gorgeous blending. Major improvement!
I recently performed an Ombre technique on my client Nicole. Check out the before and after photos!
Before we started Nicole had virgin hair in a stunningly rich shade a brown at about a level 4.
Since Nicole’s natural tone was so nice I chose not to apply any color at the root which also eliminated any possible need to root maintenance.
I mixed up two colors:
TIGI Creative 7/0 + 0/88 mix masters (for control over warm tones while lifting) + 40 volume.
TIGI Ultra Lift 50/77 Ash Brown + equal parts 20/30 vol. Once again the ash was chosen to control warmth while lifting.
I began in the nape taking diagonal forward partings about an inch thick.
Using a backcombing technique I would backcomb at the root slightly then apply the Tigi Creative color about 4-6 inches from the scalp then feather the color up while leaving the first two inches natural.
Then I applied the TIGI Ultra Lift color to the ends and slightly overlapped it with the Tigi Creative color to ensure blending.
I repeated this technique up the head to the the temples, while leaving a slice of natural hair out every few sections to add a few subtle low lights.
Through the top sections I only backcombed ever other section and chose a more balayage painting technique opposite sections. Still saturating the ends with high lift and feathering the mid lengths with creative color, I then added thin highlights with the creative color a bit closer to the root and around her hair line framing her face.
Processed for 35 minutes.Shampooed and deep conditioned to help comb out the backcombing.
Blow-dried and styled.
As you can see her to the left the finished results are a beautifully sun-kissed look! The backcombing technique is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to ensure a perfect blend from roots to ends without any harsh lines!
Nicole loved her new, easy to manage color and so do I!
To get your own Ombre color, request an appointment online or call Beauty (SALON) at 248-540-0046!
This was my first time going to Lindsay for cut and color. She did an absolute amazing job! I am so happy with my new hair cut, and especially my new “Ombre” hair color. Lindsay is very professional and makes her clients feel so comfortable as well. I will definitely be going back to Lindsay in the future. Everything was done perfectly!!
-Nicole Tocco (March 8, 2012)
My first video ever! I hate seeing myself on screen and will take some time to get super comfortable in front of the lens but not bad for my first try I must say!
In this video I show my process of making custom I-tip extensions for micro bead or fusion extension applications and briefly explain why you might chose to make them instead of purchasing pre-tipped extensions! Please ask any questions that I might not have addressed!