Recent Work and Some Thoughts On 2017 Hair Trends...

   Hello all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you're ready to jump into 2017 head first.  I know that I am. (January PUT ME THROUGH THE WRINGER at work.) I'm going to share some fun work I've done in recent weeks...and also talk about the subtle shifts in hair color trends this year. 

    2017 will is going to see a huge shift from icy blondes to progressive beige tones. This is a pendulum situation.  We dig cool tones for a few years then shift back to warmth...tale as old as time.

   2017 will is going to see a huge shift from icy blondes to progressive beige tones. This is a pendulum situation.  We dig cool tones for a few years then shift back to warmth...tale as old as time.

    The range of beige tones isn't all that vast. A level 10 to 8 is the sweet spot. Anything darker you would have to over compensate with deep ash tones.  One thing that beige should never be is muddy. 

   The range of beige tones isn't all that vast. A level 10 to 8 is the sweet spot. Anything darker you would have to over compensate with deep ash tones.  One thing that beige should never be is muddy. 

    For the love of god. Why was everyone scared of golden hair for so long? I'm not talking level 8 orange...but seriously, some gold in those level 9/10 highlights is flattering on ALMOST everyone. 

   For the love of god. Why was everyone scared of golden hair for so long? I'm not talking level 8 orange...but seriously, some gold in those level 9/10 highlights is flattering on ALMOST everyone. 

    Dark roots are here to stay, but the contrast is going to be much more subtle.  People really like the lack of maintenance and I don't see it going away any time soon. 

   Dark roots are here to stay, but the contrast is going to be much more subtle.  People really like the lack of maintenance and I don't see it going away any time soon. 

    Rose gold is still in the middle of it's 15 minutes...but the look is getting dustier and dustier.  Spring and Summer will see a dramatic shift to clear cut corals again...verging on orange. 

   Rose gold is still in the middle of it's 15 minutes...but the look is getting dustier and dustier.  Spring and Summer will see a dramatic shift to clear cut corals again...verging on orange. 

    I've notices red heads shifting hardcore away from violet tones and going back to honest to goodness reds and coppers.  I really think that Emma Stone is responsible, and I love it. 

   I've notices red heads shifting hardcore away from violet tones and going back to honest to goodness reds and coppers.  I really think that Emma Stone is responsible, and I love it. 

   So that is where I think hair color is moving right now. A general shift toward warmth in general.  I'm really excited to see some very pale warmth, especially since Wella has recently released some exciting warm colors at a level 10.  What do you think we're going to see in 2017?

Five Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas...

   You guys! Christmas is just a few days away! Agh!  I hope that you have been proactive in your shopping and are way ahead of the curve. But if you're like me, you are still running around finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones. I have always had a particularly hard time finding stocking stuffers.  Maybe its because my stocking has always been a highlight for me...or maybe its because it is harder to define what is "stocking appropriate." Hmmm...I guess I'm going to define it as "anything that fits..."

   Here are a few of my absolute favorites right now: 

   I have been a big fan of High Street Soap for years...and this gift set lets your pick your favorite soap (mine is Ocean Spa) and gift wrap, and comes with a handy wooden soap dish! This would make me VERY HAPPY. 

   I am absolutely obsessed with these antler hair pins from  Spice Wildflowers.  Sure, they're a little pricey for a stocking stuffer...but whatever. 

Look at that beautiful truffle. Chocolate. Caramel. POTATO CHIP. If that wasn't good enough, these sweet treats are PERFECT for the vegan on your list AND they're gluten free!  Check out all the delicious vegan treats at Dear Coco.

  This conditioner is my BFF.  The Oi line was launched by Italian hair line Davines a few years ago, and I've been a fan ever since.  If you have dry, damaged hair this will fix it, and it doesn't hurt that it smells divine. And bonus: the Oil line is completely carbon neutral.

   These celebrity prayer candles are goofy, yes...but perfect for those on your list who are truly impossible to shop for.  Head over to The Holy Spearit  to find their favorite celebrity.  Everyone needs a little whimsy in their stocking. 

   There you go! A few of my favorite stocking stuffers this year! I hope this holiday season finds everyone happy and healthy! If you need to get your hair done, you know where to find me. 

Suburban Anthropologist #7: Time For Winter...

   Work has been so ridiculously crazy since getting back from vacation. Yes, it's a very good thing, but holy guacamole I'm tired. In addition to work I've just been busy in general.  No amount of running around will take away from the fact that this is my favorite time of year. So HUZZAH! Let's all celebrate the holidays! (and be super busy.) Here are some random photos...

  I love this picture of my friend Amber and me from a recent (and awesome) wedding.  

 I love this picture of my friend Amber and me from a recent (and awesome) wedding.  

 I'm including this picture because I'm not sure if I can pull this outfit off. I know I kind of look like a candied apple...but I don't know. I was feeling it at the time. 

I'm including this picture because I'm not sure if I can pull this outfit off. I know I kind of look like a candied apple...but I don't know. I was feeling it at the time. 

 I bought this awesome vintage slide from Walt Disney World for a project Adam and I are working on in the basement of our house.  

I bought this awesome vintage slide from Walt Disney World for a project Adam and I are working on in the basement of our house.  

 This is one of our two christmas trees...the other is on our porch. I quilted the tree skirt in 2011, and its still one of my favorite things in the world! The angel on top is from Mexico and made from scrap tin.  You can catch a glimpse of the pine garland on the bannister reflected in the mirror. :)

This is one of our two christmas trees...the other is on our porch. I quilted the tree skirt in 2011, and its still one of my favorite things in the world! The angel on top is from Mexico and made from scrap tin.  You can catch a glimpse of the pine garland on the bannister reflected in the mirror. :)

 As much as I love clothes, I hate getting dressed up.  This is from my Instagram story...are you following @hipsterhairdresser? 

As much as I love clothes, I hate getting dressed up.  This is from my Instagram story...are you following @hipsterhairdresser? 

   Hopefully I will find time during the holidays to catch back up on this blog. But honestly I'm not holding my breath.  Between work, and baking, and general running around...who knows. So if I don't see you in person: Have a lovely holiday, and HAPPY NEW YEAR. :) 

Suburban Anthropologist #6: Let's Put Some Love Out Into The World...

   I miss Summer so much...but not just the warm weather. I miss everything about it. Didn't the world seem SO MUCH MORE INNOCENT?!!?! Very hard to explain. I've decided to fill my head with art projects and training even harder than I was prior to my recent vacation. Here are random photos from my phone that make me happy...

    If I'm having a bad day, this will be the picture I look at.  I love how genuinely excited Adam and I are for our fun night at Animal Kingdom. 

   If I'm having a bad day, this will be the picture I look at.  I love how genuinely excited Adam and I are for our fun night at Animal Kingdom. 

 Princess Aurora is my absolute fave.  A couple of years ago her hair got a BIG upgrade...the new version is much more subtle believe it or not. So pretty.  

Princess Aurora is my absolute fave.  A couple of years ago her hair got a BIG upgrade...the new version is much more subtle believe it or not. So pretty.  

 I'm very good at over posing. 

I'm very good at over posing. 

 I left my heart at the Polynesian.  

I left my heart at the Polynesian.  

 You guys!!!! I ran my first race ever! Yes, it was just a 5k...HOWEVER it was ON MY BIRTHDAY ON A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. So yes...totally blessed. 

You guys!!!! I ran my first race ever! Yes, it was just a 5k...HOWEVER it was ON MY BIRTHDAY ON A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. So yes...totally blessed. 

 You guys all know that I get super depressed after vacation...so to ease my pain, and help transition to real life, I've kept this little pink shell from Castaway Cay on my work station. 

You guys all know that I get super depressed after vacation...so to ease my pain, and help transition to real life, I've kept this little pink shell from Castaway Cay on my work station. 

   Now that its really starting to get cold, and I get more and more internal, I am going to focus on art and music. BUT I am also training to run another 5k in January...on the same beautiful island. Word. 

Some Recent-ish Work...

   I've been a busy boy...not just at work, but in my personal life too.  I'm not going to complain, I just got back from an epic vacation.  Rest assured that my soul has been revived just in time for the busy holiday season, and I am ready to make everyone beautiful.  Without much description here are some fun things I've done in the last couple of months...

 Just a messy braid when I was bored between clients...but whatever. 

Just a messy braid when I was bored between clients...but whatever. 

 I looooooooooove this green on my girl Amanda.  Nothing fancy, just straight Pravana green. 

I looooooooooove this green on my girl Amanda.  Nothing fancy, just straight Pravana green. 

 Jennifer has one of my favorite heads of hair, and I feel the need to take a picture EVERY SINGLE TIME WE PAINT IT. Love. 

Jennifer has one of my favorite heads of hair, and I feel the need to take a picture EVERY SINGLE TIME WE PAINT IT. Love. 

 Speaking of favorites...I am in love with Theresa's hair.  It's so rare that I get to paint short curly hair...but I loooooove doing it. 

Speaking of favorites...I am in love with Theresa's hair.  It's so rare that I get to paint short curly hair...but I loooooove doing it. 

   Hopefully I will be taking a lot more photos of my work, seeing that its getting cold out and I wont be running around as much. (who am I kidding?)  Have a wonderful fall everyone! :) 

Suburban Anthropologist #5: Summer is ending...

   You guys. I've had the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.  And though we still have a week and a half left of the official season, it really does feel like fall.  Kids are in school. Pumpkin spice is kind. And this morning, I woke up to chilly weather.  Sheesh...that was fast. 

   I have really tried to take advantage of the wonderful warm weather that we had this summer, and went on a lot of adventures since my last Suburban Anthropologist post. 

 I really like this photo from a NYC bar crawl that I went on with friends.  My friend Turkey Leg Jeff was nice enough to take this. :) 

I really like this photo from a NYC bar crawl that I went on with friends.  My friend Turkey Leg Jeff was nice enough to take this. :) 

 Early this year Adam and I got season passes to Hersheypark.  I made the trip down to the park eight times this summer, and I had an absolute blast.  I'm so sad the seasons almost over. :/

Early this year Adam and I got season passes to Hersheypark.  I made the trip down to the park eight times this summer, and I had an absolute blast.  I'm so sad the seasons almost over. :/

 Continuing in my "study" of beer, I recently visited Weyerbacher brewery in PA.  I didn't love the space, but the beer was beyond amazing. 

Continuing in my "study" of beer, I recently visited Weyerbacher brewery in PA.  I didn't love the space, but the beer was beyond amazing. 

 We look forward to Scandinavia Fest every summer.  I thought this tapestry resembled my tattoos! 

We look forward to Scandinavia Fest every summer.  I thought this tapestry resembled my tattoos! 

 Perhaps the greatest feeling in the world...getting your hair done.  Thank you Alyssa at Bangz for hooking my roots up.  I needed it BAAAAAAAA. 

Perhaps the greatest feeling in the world...getting your hair done.  Thank you Alyssa at Bangz for hooking my roots up.  I needed it BAAAAAAAA. 

   Now get out there and enjoy the waning days of summer!  If you don't take advantage of it now, you have NO RIGHT complaining about the long winter. ;)

Suburban Anthropologist #4: Summer Time Happiness

   Sorry for lack of blogs. I have zero excuses other than being lazy.  Let's delve into my phone and see what I've been up to this summer. (yes, I'm scared.) 

 I was able to visit my family in June for a long weekend.  

I was able to visit my family in June for a long weekend.  

 And then they came to see me in July...of all the pictures on my phone this is my absolute favorite. My sister napping in our backyard.

And then they came to see me in July...of all the pictures on my phone this is my absolute favorite. My sister napping in our backyard.

 I've been spending tons of time in the garden this year.  This is my favorite corner. :)

I've been spending tons of time in the garden this year.  This is my favorite corner. :)

 My sister had never dyed her hair before.  She finally let me paint it, and I'm obsessed with how it came out. 

My sister had never dyed her hair before.  She finally let me paint it, and I'm obsessed with how it came out. 

I promise to not wait so long between updates, especially that the summer will be wrapping up and I'll be spending more time indoors.  Love. 

Let's Talk About Trends That Have Proverbial Legs...

   One thing that remains constant in the beauty and fashion world is change. Yes, the old oxymoron holds true, and often leads women to a weird place when it comes to their hair.  Why should I make a big change, when it will be out of style before I even walk out of the salon?  

   Let me explain.  All trends, especially in the hair world, are cycilcal...coming and going without warning.  The problem here is knowing how long trends will stay around.  The easiest way to gauge a styles brevity is to look at how ridiculous and unwearable it it.  A great example is a the current trend of "gunmetal hair."  This is a trend that incorporates all sorts of dark fashion colors, giving the hair a metallic sheen.  It looks great when the client leaves the salon, but fades very fast, and upkeep is a nightmare.  The look is very cool...but if I had to guess, I'd say the lifespan of this trend is very short. 

   On the flip side of that is balayage/hair painting.  The reason this trend has had such long legs is the fact that there is virtually no upkeep.  What once started out of necessity (for families to save money during the economic downturn last decade...) has morphed into one of the most popular salon services.  And guess what? This one isn't going away.  Balayage is endlessly customizable and can be as subtle or bright as a client wants. (sometimes over the course of a few visits, obviously)  The most beautiful thing? Those dark roots that used to be a fashion faux pas are not only acceptable, but an integral part of this look.  Unlike micro trends (like gunmetal hair...) which require tons of maintenance, balayage does not.  Hence, will be around for quite some time. 

    Here is a great example of how low maintenance balayage can be. The last time Jalisa had her hair "painted" was November...but since dark roots are part of the look, her hair looks just as fresh today. 

   Here is a great example of how low maintenance balayage can be. The last time Jalisa had her hair "painted" was November...but since dark roots are part of the look, her hair looks just as fresh today. 

   So that is, in a nutshell, how to gauge how long a trend will last.  Next time you're considering whether or not to change your style, for fear of it going off trend, take into consideration both upkeep and how "out there" it is.  The best way to do this is to set up a consultation with a hair stylist who stays on top of current hair trends.  They will be able to guide you toward a style that suits you, whether is super trendy or tried and true. 

Let's All Go Blonde, Shall We?

   Just wanted to share quickly a fun project from this past Tuesday...in which our goal was to go AS BLONDE AS POSSIBLE in one day.  Often times clients have unrealistic expectations when it comes to going lighter in one shot, but Esin wasn't one of those clients.  She knew that (theoretically) that it might take a few sessions. However, this was the perfect scenario and we were able to lift to the blonde fantasy of our dreams. 

   Esin had a solid level five natural hair color, with no previous color on it. Working with virgin hair is obviously a huge bonus, but at a level five there is tons of red in the hair and I wasn't convinced we could break through it in one three hour session. 

   We started by decolorizing her hair starting an inch from her scalp.  I knew we were going to be painting a dark root on later, so the application here could be on the messier side, honestly.  I took eight sections and wrapped each section in cellophane.  This was my first time using cellophane as opposed to foil and I loved how well it holds heat. Major win. 

   Luckily Esin's hair lifted both fast and pretty even...but stalled at a level eight and a half.  At the sink I toned the whole thing with Illumina 8/69, which made it the most buttery dark blonde.  After blow drying her hair we painted a dark root...feathering it down to give the appearance of overall hair painting...with Illumina 5/81 and 4/.  Focusing on the crown, sides, and mohawk sections I then balayaged with Wella Freelights.  Since Esin's hair was still in great condition I let this process until the balayage was a nice level ten, and toned these using Wella Color Touch 10/6 and 9/16.  

   I couldn't be happier with the result.  Sure, she was at my salon for like five hours, but it was totally worth it. 

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Suburban Anthropologist #3: Haircut, Beer, and Plenty Of Selfies.

   Welcome to the third edition of my Suburban Anthropology series, where I troll through the pictures on my phone, and cherry pick some of my favorites from the last couple of weeks. So exciting, right?!? (thats sarcasm.)  Let's see what I've been up to...

    Adam and I went to a family wedding...sure it was black tie, but we had fun with it. Its hard to tell, but my cummerbund is houndstooth and yes, we both wore sneakers. :) 

   Adam and I went to a family wedding...sure it was black tie, but we had fun with it. Its hard to tell, but my cummerbund is houndstooth and yes, we both wore sneakers. :) 

    The day after the wedding I shaved off most of my hair.  Here I am modeling the buttons we had made to pass out at Disney World to fans of our stupid podcast.  I'm obsessed with this bear in our kitchen, which I got at Target. Yup...she's adorable. 

   The day after the wedding I shaved off most of my hair.  Here I am modeling the buttons we had made to pass out at Disney World to fans of our stupid podcast.  I'm obsessed with this bear in our kitchen, which I got at Target. Yup...she's adorable. 

    No week is complete unless we spend some quality time with Jamie and Keith. Here Jamie is wearing my porkpie and I'm wearing a "fashion yamaka."  No, I'm not remotely Jewish...but I wish I was so I could wear this all the time. 

   No week is complete unless we spend some quality time with Jamie and Keith. Here Jamie is wearing my porkpie and I'm wearing a "fashion yamaka."  No, I'm not remotely Jewish...but I wish I was so I could wear this all the time. 

    I decided that I need to start a band with Keith and this will be the album cover. I mean, it really has to happen. 

   I decided that I need to start a band with Keith and this will be the album cover. I mean, it really has to happen. 

    It has been super rainy in the north east...sure it sucks, but the plants need it, and I love plants. Let's just deal with it and wait with bated breath for REAL spring.  I've had this raincoat since high school, I bought it for $5 at a thrift store.  The rain boots are Marc Jacobs, and basically my favorite thing in the world. 

   It has been super rainy in the north east...sure it sucks, but the plants need it, and I love plants. Let's just deal with it and wait with bated breath for REAL spring.  I've had this raincoat since high school, I bought it for $5 at a thrift store.  The rain boots are Marc Jacobs, and basically my favorite thing in the world. 

    I always take pictures of my beer, in order to check in on Untappd...but I really loooooove this beer, and love the picture even more. Yes, its a real bat...it was collected dead on a cave floor. 

   I always take pictures of my beer, in order to check in on Untappd...but I really loooooove this beer, and love the picture even more. Yes, its a real bat...it was collected dead on a cave floor. 

    Wednesday I worked hair at a fashion show in Glen Ridge with a few coworkers, and I thought this shot was cool.

   Wednesday I worked hair at a fashion show in Glen Ridge with a few coworkers, and I thought this shot was cool.

    I'm so paranoid working with red hair color, one little drop and your clothes are ruined. Just another work related hazard in the life of a hipster hairdresser. 

   I'm so paranoid working with red hair color, one little drop and your clothes are ruined. Just another work related hazard in the life of a hipster hairdresser. 

    Amber, one of my best girlfriends, came in to Bangz on Friday and YAY SHE WANTED A FUN COLOR!!!! I'm beyond obsessed with this dusty rose gold. I love this kid so much. 

   Amber, one of my best girlfriends, came in to Bangz on Friday and YAY SHE WANTED A FUN COLOR!!!! I'm beyond obsessed with this dusty rose gold. I love this kid so much. 

   Thanks for following along on this random boring adventure through the pictures on my phone!  Make sure you don't miss a single boring moment in the life of a hipster hairdresser, by following along on Instagram! (more hair...less selfies.)

Blonde, Red, And Back Again: A Survival Story.

   There are very few instances where I feel like talking solely about a specific transformation. Usually I focus on a broad range of cuts and color, often grouping them into categories.  However, I was so proud of this transformation from last Saturday that I wanted to dedicate a little slice of the internet toward it.  

   Back in December was the first time coloring Kristyn's hair.  She had a very golden blonde and was looking to go a vibrant bright red.  This had me pretty apprehensive.  Don't get me wrong, I will do whatever a client asks me (as long as its safe for them and their hair), but when a blonde wants to go red...thats kind of scary.  You see, blondes will ALWAYS GO BACK TO BLONDE.  Despite knowing this fact, we went ahead with that plan...and I loved the result. 

   Needless to say, when I saw Kristyn's name in my appointment book last Saturday, I already knew why. She was ready to go back to blonde.  I knew I had a long day ahead of me, but I was super excited for the challenge, as I consider blonding my specialty.  Before i get into the process, here is the final color.

   Because I had a limited time for the initial application, and we wanted the color as bright as possible, I combined both balayage and traditional foiled highlights.  I painted the entire underneath and sides, leaving VERY LITTLE hair out, a lot of people wouldnt have left any hair out at all.  However, we didnt want a total absence of warmth, and the darker pieces create a dimensional shadow effect that I really love.  

   For maximum brightness on the top I did back to back foiled highlights with a VERY fine weave. (just in case your'e wondering, which you probably aren't, I never slice foils...I'm just not a fan.)  This created a bright veil over the more dimensional underneath.  For balayage I used Wella Freelights with 40 volume developer, and the foils I used Wella Blondor with 20 volume. 

   After processing to a solid level 9, I bumped Kristyn's base with Illumina 10/1 and 13 volume developer for about five minutes, just to bring it all together, and for added brightness around her face. This is my go to base break for natural level 7, as long as the hair is on the finer side.  We finished by glazing Kristyn's hair with equal parts 10/6, 9/16, and three inch line of 8/3 in Wella Color Touch.  This is a fool proof toner for buttery blondes...the only factor you need to customize is the amount of 8/3 in your formula, but don't let it scare you! The 10/6 and 9/16 really keep that gold in check. 

   Thanks for listening to me ramble about hair! I was super happy with Kristyn's hair, and am looking forward to seeing her again in a few months to go even brighter. 

Suburban Anthropologist #2: My Sister Is In Town

   The last few weeks have been very busy.  Lots of fun projects are taking over my life, in the best of ways.  As I prepare for all the hard outdoor labor that owning a house entails, I've been trying to wrap things up inside.  

    My Peter Pan mural is ALMOST done.  I just love how this picture makes my hair look pink...but it was just the lighting unfortunately. :/

   My Peter Pan mural is ALMOST done.  I just love how this picture makes my hair look pink...but it was just the lighting unfortunately. :/

    Speaking of awesome baby related stuff...Crosley sent me and Adam this amazing limited edition record player to review!!  We love it so much. 

   Speaking of awesome baby related stuff...Crosley sent me and Adam this amazing limited edition record player to review!!  We love it so much. 

    You know when you're playing on your phone, and accidentally take a picture?  Well, that it the picture above.  But I liked it, and kept it.  I'm sad that boot weather is almost over. :/

   You know when you're playing on your phone, and accidentally take a picture?  Well, that it the picture above.  But I liked it, and kept it.  I'm sad that boot weather is almost over. :/

    My sister is my best friend. Even though she lives over 1,000 miles away, we manage to see eachother quite a bit.  She is here RIGHT NOW...and this usually involves us eating tons of good food.  She insists on visiting  Ani Ramen in Montclair  every time she visits. 

   My sister is my best friend. Even though she lives over 1,000 miles away, we manage to see eachother quite a bit.  She is here RIGHT NOW...and this usually involves us eating tons of good food.  She insists on visiting Ani Ramen in Montclair every time she visits. 

    My awesome niece is also here...and she let me play with her hair a bit.  Today we're going to dye it teal. Yay!

   My awesome niece is also here...and she let me play with her hair a bit.  Today we're going to dye it teal. Yay!

    Its rare that I get a good picture of both me AND Adam...but I really like this one a lot.  

   Its rare that I get a good picture of both me AND Adam...but I really like this one a lot.  

    Trying to relax at home...but I cant let my sister go around with frizzy hair.  

   Trying to relax at home...but I cant let my sister go around with frizzy hair.  

You Cant Be Too Blonde...

   Remember a couple of weeks ago, as spring was starting to creep in, and EVERYONE in my chair was asking for a change in their hair?  Well, that streak continues. However, as the warm weather is setting in clients are feeling the urge to go lighter.  Hell, I will NEVER tell someone not to go blonde. My name is Andrew, and I'm addicted to blonding people. 

   Here are some of my favorite blondes from the past week...including a HUGE color correction. 

    Believe it or not, we use color for Cat's highlights, as opposed to bleach.  Wella Special Blonde 12/0 and 12/11 is my  go to  formula for pale highlights. Natural color MUST BE a level 7 or higher, and pretty fine.  

   Believe it or not, we use color for Cat's highlights, as opposed to bleach.  Wella Special Blonde 12/0 and 12/11 is my go to formula for pale highlights. Natural color MUST BE a level 7 or higher, and pretty fine.  

    As much as I love hairpainting, a lot of times you're never going to get as light as you want.  In Ria's case spring was the perfect time to go back to foils.  A lot of extra brightness at the root. 

   As much as I love hairpainting, a lot of times you're never going to get as light as you want.  In Ria's case spring was the perfect time to go back to foils.  A lot of extra brightness at the root. 

    And here is a fun project from yesterday.  The before picture is the shoddy work from another salon...who actually charged for this color.  Don't attempt ombre/balayage/hairpainting unless you know what you're doing.  To fix, I incorporated foiled lowlights that matched her base, in this case Illumina 4/ . I like Illumina for this because her ends were so warm, and Illumina tends to be on the  cool  side.  On the upper half of her head I continued lowlighting, but between foils I feathered up lightener to blend.  I finished by toning everything with Illumina 8/69 and 7/...equal parts, with pastel developer.  

   And here is a fun project from yesterday.  The before picture is the shoddy work from another salon...who actually charged for this color.  Don't attempt ombre/balayage/hairpainting unless you know what you're doing.  To fix, I incorporated foiled lowlights that matched her base, in this case Illumina 4/ . I like Illumina for this because her ends were so warm, and Illumina tends to be on the cool side.  On the upper half of her head I continued lowlighting, but between foils I feathered up lightener to blend.  I finished by toning everything with Illumina 8/69 and 7/...equal parts, with pastel developer.  

    Not a huge change for Laurie...but I really love the tone here.  After painting her hair, including painted lowlights (same formula as her single process...) we glazed with equal parts 10/6, 9/16, and 8/3.  I know that 8/3 is scary to some people, but it comes out so buttery and soft. 

   Not a huge change for Laurie...but I really love the tone here.  After painting her hair, including painted lowlights (same formula as her single process...) we glazed with equal parts 10/6, 9/16, and 8/3.  I know that 8/3 is scary to some people, but it comes out so buttery and soft. 

   So there you go.  Your weekly dose of blonding...and this doesn't include the PROJECT OF A LIFETIME that I had yesterday. (yes, even bigger that the color correction above.) This begs the question, can you ever be too blonde? No. No you cant. 

   

Suburban Anthropologist

   I had a pretty boring week. I'm not saying that like its a bad thing.  I was busy as usual at the salon...but wasn't thrown any curveballs this week.  No color corrections. Nobody cut their own bangs and wanted them "fixed."  Nobody wanted to go from fire engine red to platinum blonde.  In that regard I had a pretty boring, otherwise known as relaxing, week.  I was able to continue my life as a suburban anthropologist. This is where I go through a weeks worth of random photos and see what they tell me about life...

   It's pretty rare that I actually take the time and get my double process done at Bangz...I usually do it myself at home. When the opportunity presents itself I take it.  Thanks Julianna for taking time out of  your day.  This is perhaps the most unflattering picture of all time...

   On Thursday night   Cowans Public had their one year anniversary party...including many rare beers tapped just for the occasion. Anyone who knows me at all would realize that this was basically curated towards me.  Unfortunately they weren't offering flights during the event, and I was only able to try a couple beers. Womp womp.  Cowans is a lovely bar, and I'm glad to have them so close. 

   On the home front, Adam and I continue to prepare for the arrival of baby.  Before anyone asks: No...we don't know when baby is coming.  And No...we don't know if it will be a boy or girl.  In the mean time, to help in my anxious waiting, I'm preparing the nursery.  This includes Peter Pan themed murals.  The picture above is just the first stage in a map of Neverland.  I'll keep you updated as I work on it. 

   I wanted to include the last two photos because they make me happy.  Joia, the makeup director at Bangz, is basically my therapist, and I love her so much. :) 

The Week In Hipster Hairdressing...

   A client sits down in my chair. We exchange pleasantries. We smile...then sigh...then simultaneously say, "I really wish it was spring."  

   This is basically how every initial interaction has been going these days. It hasn't been a particularly cold winter in North Jersey, but its been weird.  And honestly even a slight chill is enough to make me grumpy.  All I want to do is cuddle at home.  HOWEVER, this is also my favorite time of year in the salon, as EVERYONE who comes in wants a big change. Literally everyone. 

   Lets look at some fun changes that I worked on in the last week or so...

 From bright coppery red, to a dark blood red...plus 7 inches off length into a severe swing bob. 

From bright coppery red, to a dark blood red...plus 7 inches off length into a severe swing bob. 

 Sick of her super ashy blonde, we went rose-gold for Fran, using Wella Relights. 

Sick of her super ashy blonde, we went rose-gold for Fran, using Wella Relights. 

 I'm guilty of pressuring Elena a little bit here...I really wanted to play with fantasy colors. 

I'm guilty of pressuring Elena a little bit here...I really wanted to play with fantasy colors. 

 Chris's color is ALL NATURAL...but we had fun with her cut. Layering WAY MORE than normal. 

Chris's color is ALL NATURAL...but we had fun with her cut. Layering WAY MORE than normal. 

 Taking several inches off in length, "squaring" out the back, and preserving the perimeter around the face really makes Jennifer's hair look much fuller. So cute on her. 

Taking several inches off in length, "squaring" out the back, and preserving the perimeter around the face really makes Jennifer's hair look much fuller. So cute on her. 

   Anyway.  I just felt like talking about change.  Before we know it Spring will be here officially.  We can all go back to complaining about how hot it is and how we cant wait for fall...and inevitably we will all be changing out hair again.  

   

Hey, Sometimes I Use Fantasy Color...

    I spend the majority of my time behind the chair making people blonde.  Seriously, a good 70% of my clients are always trying to go "just a little bit lighter..." However, I do get to dabble in the dark arts sometimes, and play with fantasy colors.  This week I happened to get two really fun clients who wanted something more suited to them. 

   Kat's color was a loooooong fun project.  You will notice in the before picture that her roots are very light, which means her entire mid-shaft was dyed dark brown. Yikes. After decolorizing everything, her final color was a combo of Pravana green, blue, yellow, and teal. 


   Renee's color was much easier, because she was already pre-lightened, and just needed a fun new tone.  I'm not a huge fan of bright bubble gum pink, so we opted for something a little "dustier" and more on the rose gold spectrum. This is mostly Pravana pink and yellow, with a little magenta and wild orchid.  This color totally suits her. 

When I'm Away From Hair For A Week...

   Guess what?!?! I managed to get out of the frigid northeast for a week! In fact, I took a lovely cruise on the Disney Fantasy down to Mexico and the Caribbean.  Besides noticing the abundance of VERY chunky blonde highlights on red hair (hey, I'm not judging, its just an observation...) I didn't do anything hair related, which is a good thing.  Sometimes I need to reset my frame of mind.  Any trip long enough to make me MISS doing hair is a good one.  Anyway, thats where I was. Floating along  and not doing hair. 


Some Hipster Hairdresser Work This Week...

   I don't often show the process of how things work...and to most stylists the process of hair painting is old hat by now.  However, I'm asked on a weekly basis "how it works" by clients, friends, and other hairstylists.  So here is the ugly truth...

   Hair painting has come a long way in the last few years, but the process isn't the prettiest thing in the world.  But the outcome doesn't lie...

   I got to dabble with fantasy color a little bit this week too.  Though its not my specialty, I still really enjoy the challenge of these colors.  The lighting in the photo below is a little misleading.  The purple is actually much more on the lavender side.  Can we agree that this kid is totally amazing? 

   I'm usually very apprehensive about blondes going darker.  As a blonde I understand that the impulse to change your color is common...but you should ALWAYS take a few days to think about it.  Here is one instance where I was TOTALLY ON BOARD...

   This week wasn't all fun color projects.  I had a few really fun cuts as well.  One of my favorite young ladies, Lucia, came in for a DRASTICALLY shorter cut than we've done in the past.  I think we can all agree how perfect she is with this cut.  The kid is a living, breathing, pixie. 

   The age of the long bob is still in full swing.  Unlike most trends, I actually really love this one.  It is flattering on most women, of all ages.  Where the reigning champ of haircuts, the long layer isn't all that customizable, the long bob is endlessly so.  Here is a favorite from this week. 

   Lets end on something ridiculous.  On Tuesday I wore a sweater that gave all of my clients antlers, which I love obviously.  It made me giggle all day. 


A Boring Week In The Life Of A Hipster Hairdresser

   I don't really know what I'm doing here.  I'm not really sure what this blog is supposed to be, honestly.  Just as my other (much more popular...but extremely esoteric) blog has evolved over the last five years, I assume the same will happen here.  And while I want to focus solely on hair, I am particularly bad at documenting my work.  So, here we are.  I went through my phone to see what I dubbed worth documenting in the past week. 

   Even though its been unseasonably warm in the north east, I've still been getting really cozy at home.  My Christmas decorations really lend a warm fuzzy feeling in all my random photos. And, YES, I do take pictures of my beers to document them on Untappd. 

   Its the end of the year, and in lieu of letting my insurance go to waste I got a  new pair of sunglasses.  These are the same wayfarers that I get every other year...but matte.  I'm pretty obsessed with them, especially because I'm cruising to Mexico next month.  Yippie for glasses. 

   Neglecting both of our busy schedules, I actually got to hang out with my twin Rylee. We were both assistants together at the salon I work at, prior to her leaving a few years ago.  I basically want to be her when I grow up. 

   Finally, here is some hair painting I did this week.  Alyssa has always had traditional foiling before, but was looking for something a little more natural, with less maintenance.  I know some stylist might frown upon the idea of their clients coming in less often, but I really want whats best for my clients, even if it means making a little less money overall.  And truth be told, you can still touch up hair painting as often as traditional foils.  Anyway, I think it really fits her. 

  I told you, my life is pretty boring.  But if you feel the need to follow along anyway, go ahead! 

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Basically I'm Painting Roots Every Day...

   To the average person on the street the dark root trend might be a little perplexing.  In fact, when I mention to my "single process girls" that I have people coming in on a daily basis asking me to GIVE them dark roots the reaction is almost always ridiculous laughter.  I mean, what are these young girls doing?  

    This is a situation where we transitioned my client from the burden of single process (before) by painting her root further down, and feathering it a little bit.  It does take quite a bit longer than applying a single process.  We used Illumina 5/ with a little 5/81 as her base...and toned the ends with Color Touch 9/16. 

   This is a situation where we transitioned my client from the burden of single process (before) by painting her root further down, and feathering it a little bit.  It does take quite a bit longer than applying a single process.  We used Illumina 5/ with a little 5/81 as her base...and toned the ends with Color Touch 9/16. 

    Lets explain a few things. First of all...it's not only young girls jumping on this trend.  The farther we move away from traditional foiling towards painting/balayage the more accepted the look has become.  With that fashion forward women of all ages have been asking for this look, not wanting to get left behind when it comes with their appearance.  These are my kind of women. They're excited to try something new, and I love working with them. 

    Here my client hadn't done her color in over a year...so a super high maintenance, like foiling, isn't a great idea.  By painting her hair, leaving the root area dark, her color will grow out flawlessly.  Maybe needing a toner every few months or so. 

   Here my client hadn't done her color in over a year...so a super high maintenance, like foiling, isn't a great idea.  By painting her hair, leaving the root area dark, her color will grow out flawlessly.  Maybe needing a toner every few months or so. 

   Also, this trend isn't all that far out there.  If you track recent color trends this is just an evolution from the extreme ombre of yesteryear.  As hair painting became softer and softer it slowly climbed up the head as well.  We're also more inclined to leave dark pieces between painted section.  This provides a seamless transition from that dark root, while maintaining dimension of the bottom of the hair.  

   Dark roots are not for everyone.  I've found that women who like to be BLONDE...like really blonde...will not like roots in any capacity.  In fact, true blondes should probably stick to traditional foiled highlights.  The whole point of painting/balayage is to be soft, sun kissed, and natural, not super blonde.  I also don't think dark roots look particularly good on short hair.  Anything above your chin, and it really just looks like a grown out single process.

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