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Fall 2017 Haircolor Trends

To me “trends” don’t really exist. Basically what happens every year is the following:

Summer= Brighter Lighter    Fall=Richer Warmer

Winter= Darker Cooler                 Spring= Soft & Subtle Lighter

As a colorist what is most entertaining to me is the trending terminology behind color services. For instance “Babylights” has been a hot term over the past year or so. Babylights is simply another word for a very fine weave of hair done in a foil. This technique is super basic, adds shimmer, and is beautiful on everyone.


With all the confusion with what I would call “Fancy words” for hair color treatments, your best bet is leaving it up to the pro. They will always guide you in the right direction for the season and your hair type. That is if you have a great one like myself 😉 By the way it’s pronounced  BA-LAY-AGE not Biolage, which is a brand of haircare products. You’re welcome.


On the left Color Melting        On the right Dimensional Balayage

Personally, I like to keep booking options simple for my clients. I simply offer “All Over Color” or “Dimensional Color”. For those getting one single color all over, it’s simple to add a few hand painted pieces during the processing time if need be. For Highlights and beyond, Dimensional color is a great description for the unlimited possibilities.


Since those hot-trending words will always be around, here’s what to ask for in the chair this season.

COLOR MELTING: Will give you a similar result to an “Ombre” but the depth of the color doesn’t go as far down the strand as the original look. I recommend keeping a connection of light around the face so the color placement melts out in a diagonal back fashion as opposed to a harsh horizontal line.


ROOT SMUDGING: A great way for bright blondes to add a little bit of depth while still maintaining their beloved bright hue. Smudging the root creates a soft grow out and gives you that Victoria’s Secret feel.

DIMENSIONAL BALAYAGE: Not only will your stylist paint bright ribbons of color, but will also melt darker lowlights in between the light. This is my favorite. It’s vibrant rich and has great potential for a high contrast look that is still very natural.


Transitioning to Fall is simple. Replenish what Summer zapped from your hair. Have your stylist create a healthy, shiny, rich, hydrated, and seamless hair color that flatters your paler skin-tone and works great with your Fall wardrobe!

*If you’re in St Louis and need a new colorist, I would love to take care of you. I am ALWAYS accepting new clients. People reschedule, cancel, move to a different state, etc so there’s always a chance for you to get in at some point. To book with me click here 🙂

What is Dimensional Haircolor?

Ever feel confused when booking a service at the salon? These days there are so many different names for the same techniques. Babylights, balayage, highlights, lowlights, color melting, all over color, and the list can go on and on.

Let’s simplify this for you. You have two choices when it comes to color. You either want dimension or you don’t. All over color is one solid color all over the head and Dimensional color means just that, adding dimension throughout the entire look. I highly recommend booking a consultation before booking a color appointment, especially if it’s your first time with the colorist. Most colorists offer complimentary consultations. This allows them time to look through your hair and see if there needs to be any corrections made before creating the color of your dreams. I feel safe saying about 80% of new clients who come in for color and show me their “balayage pinterest board”, need a corrective service before their color dream is even possible. Haircolor is complicated people! You can’t just slap something on and expect it to not only look exactly how you envisioned, but also magically styled in long flowing waves when in reality your hair is shoulder length and you can wrap a hair band around your ponytail 20 times.So please. I beg you. Book a complimentary consultation 🙂 Your colorist will help you find the most flattering placement for you and your hair type.

Now let’s talk about the different levels of dimension. It basically ranges from subtle/ low contrast to bold/ high contrast. Leave the actual technique up to your stylist to achieve the look your going for. Just because you think you want balayage doesn’t mean that’s actually what it takes to get there.

Here are a few pictures of my clients to help you understand the difference..

Low/ Subtle Dimension this was a mixture of balayage, base color, and foiling with a glaze aka tonerIMG_5234

Low/ subtle dimension this was a balayage application on virgin hair (hair that hasn’t been colored before)IMG_5143

High Contrast Dimension this was highlights and lowlights in foils followed by a glaze/tonerIMG_3650

High Contrast Dimension this color took two sessions to achieve. 1st session was an all over balayage with glaze aka toner. 2nd session was a mixture of foils and balayage application over the same pieces we did previously followed by a glaze/toner.IMG_3657

Do you feel like you have a better understanding now? Leave your questions in the comments below! I would be more than happy to answer any questions for you 🙂 If you are in the St. Louis area and want to book with me visit my website http://www.KristenLinares.com

Golden Globes 2016 Beauty Forecast

    This is one of my favorite red carpet events, due to the fact that it is super classy. This year a few looks were very obvious in terms of beauty, hair color, and color palettes for wardrobe.

LOOK ONE: Babylights

    As you can see JLo seems to have frozen herself in time protecting herself from any form of the aging process. Her hair color is flawless. It simply shimmers and compliments her skin tone perfectly. Babylights, are very fine highlights that can be accompanied by balayage creating an extremely believable result. In terms of hair color tonality in 2016, it is safe to say you will see many women staying close to their natural hair color yet enhancing it with the babylights method for soft dimension.


LOOK TWO: Bold Color with a touch of shimmer

    Much like we’ve seen with hair, clothing in 2016 will have structure yet softness, compliment the undertones of our skin color, and have a bit of sparkle.


LOOK THREE: Tone on Tone

    Everything from the makeup, hair, and  wardrobe has a taste of the overall color choice. For example, Amy Adams’ beautiful Rose Gold hair shares the overall tone of her look. Her nude lip has just the right amount of peach that draws from her hair and dress to complete this tone on tone look.


LOOK FOUR: Textured Hairstyles

    The great thing about this ponytail is the fact that from the front her look is very sleek and sophisticated, but when she turns around there’s this awesome textured braid that’s perfectly imperfect. Ha! Just saying that reminds me of a mullet, business in the front-party in the back. Unlike the mullet, hairstyles like this will have your friends talking about you in a positive way.


LOOK FIVE: Glowing

Everything from head to toe on Cate is just beautiful. Her hair is super shiny and healthy, her skin is perfect, and her dress brings out the beautiful soft pinks in her skin. In 2016, “Glowing” will be a look that we can all achieve by combining the four previous looks we’ve discussed. This year drink plenty of water, exercise, take care of your hair and skin by keeping beauty appointments, and most importantly be happy!