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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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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6 Must have Hair Accessories for 2016

Here are six must have hair accessories for 2016! Many women will be growing out their ever so popular lobs and bobs this year. Get through the awkward length stages with these beautiful hair charms, all under $25.00!

Charmed Suede Hair Tie Set by Free People $14

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Metallic Blush Ponytail cuff by J. Crew $14

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Braided Metal Headband by J. Crew $24.50

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Skinny Metallic Copper headband by J. Crew $16.50

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Metallic Gold Hair Clip by J. Crew $10

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Vintage Gold Ponytail Cuff by Madewell $12.50

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HOW TO: Get an awesome haircut

As a beauty expert it is expected that you look the part. It is stressful at times and that’s why I leave my hair to other professionals. I DO NOT DIY when it comes to my largest accessory..my hair. Before my trip to New York Fashion Week I had my color done with perfectionist, Nina Lanasa at Thirteenth and Washington. She does a beautiful job creating a look that will evolve and grow out seamlessly. Knowing I would be making the trip to NYC I knew I def wanted to pay my friends at CUTLER a visit. So I did what any haircut craving woman in her right mind would do. I booked an appointment in advance!

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Tyson Kennedy is not only a cool dude¬†but also one badass mother cutter. He works for CUTLER salon in Soho and also is responsible for the creation of FATBOY perfect putty. Tyson is the epitome of “looking the part”. With his perfectly tailored suits, smart looking glasses, and cool hair you just know your going to look awesome.

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SO YOU WANT TO KNOW “HOW TO GET AN AWESOME HAIRCUT”?

STEP ONE: BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

When I say book an appointment I mean call the salon or book online. DO NOT text or call your stylist on their personal phone. Think about it. If every one of their clients did that it would be highly agitating. Emails before your appointment are OK however there will be plenty of time to consult before your scheduled service. Save the back and forth changes of new cut ideas for your best friend.

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STEP TWO: KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE & WHAT YOU DON’T

For instance when I sat in Tyson’s chair I said, ” I like having long hair however I want you to cut what looks dead. If it needs to be a bob that’s cool just not a pixie please. I want healthy hair. It always grows. Also, I wear my hair messy. I like a tousled beachy look that isn’t too much fuss.” Tyson decided a long bob would be appropriate and I should maintain the length until my bangs grow out fully. He then used a straight blade razor to add texture, volume, and establish my new length. When you have no opinion whatsoever it is hard to know what may make you happy.

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STEP TWO: ARRIVE ON TIME

The easiest way to get an OK cut is to show up late resulting in a quick consult and maybe not even enough time to style. ¬†With a fresh do it’s extremely important to learn how to recreate the style. Tyson instructed me to twist dry my hair and mess it up with FATBOY putty once dry. SUPER EASY! 10 to 15 minutes early is perfect. Relax a little read a magazine this is YOU time. I don’t know about you but the shampoo experience is always my favorite part. I would never want to be rushed through that!

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Backstage NYFW with Nathan Rosenkranz

I met Nathan Rosenkranz at the first salon I assisted at in Bethlehem, PA. Back then Nate was a great stylist behind the chair. Fast forward 8ish years he is now a Freelance artist in NYC working for brands such as Alterna and styling celebs like James Franco. It takes a lot of hard work and networking to get where he is today so it was very cool to hang and see him in action. When I reached out to Nate a few weeks ago I was hoping to interview him backstage at some of the shows he was leading. Instead, he asked if I would like to work on his styling team! Even better!

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I arrived to Lincoln center around 7:30am and found Nate and his team waiting outside the Salon tents. Everyone on his team was super nice! I could tell that it was going to be a no stress environment. In the past I have worked NYFW with another brand who will remain nameless and they were not so pleasant. I love everything about the beauty industry and love people who love it too so when someone is rude its a total buzz kill. THANK YOU NATE for leading such a polite team!

Around 8am we were given our passes and allowed into the tents to set up our workspace.

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Once we were all set up Nate explained the step by step of the look we would be creating for¬†DEOLA’S Spring 2015 collection.

 

Deola Hair step by step @ NYFW Spring 2015

 

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The final outcome was gorgeous! DEOLA is absolutely amazing. As a lead stylist it is important to work with the designer and decide what hair will compliment the garments. Nate nailed it! The hair was not only beautiful but also wearable. This is a classic style that would look great on any woman!
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