Babylights and Balayage

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Babylights for Curly Hair Breeze Salon Reno
Babylights for Curly Hair

If you happened to see Taylor Swift on this month’s issue of Elle magazine and Jennifer Lopez on Bazaar, you may have realized something very simple: natural colors are huge right now. After going through every mermaid color known to man and outerspace over the past five years, haircolor has come back home.

April, 2019

When you think about today’s trends and how they relate to your look, the question to ask yourself is, “Who is my audience?” As much as your inner Khaleesi/alien goddess wants to express fantasy hair, it may not be an appealing look for those who are most important to you: your fans. It can, and often is, a distraction and an endless trip to the beauty salon for a retouch. Tedious and expensive, fashion colors have begun to calm down in the mainstream.

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Balayage adds light and shimmer.

Instead, we find ourselves back at custom highlighting, balayage and babylights. Designed to create shimmer and lift, these salon services are low-maintenance and enhancing. Your beauty shines and your advantage grows, bringing you more overall freedom, happiness and time away from needed salon visits.

Balayage is smudging lightener after the root line. Breeze Salon Reno
Balayage is smudged lightener after the root line

What’s the difference between babylights and contouring? Both are balayage, which means “sweeping” in French. The technique is a painting on of lightener or color, in a gentle sweeping effect, rather than the classic application of roots to ends highlights or lowlights. With balayage, the color is blended up to an area of the hair and muted so that the line of demarcation is invisible. There is no need to retouch balayage when the hair grows-it is an as needed service.

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Babylights around the face create illmination.

Babylights are very thin balayage-almost a tiny shimmer of lightener. This is used to brighten your look without showing any highlighting lines. Contouring, though, is bulky. It means taking huge chunks around your face and creating either light or depth with darkening or lightening. In J-Lo’s case, the contouring is blonde and is used to highlight around her medium skin color, creating a splash of brightness.

Blonde Contouring
Jennifer Lopez has Blonde Contouring around her face.

Should you color at home? Although home-coloring has it’s place, highlights will usually go wrong if you try do DIY it. Besides, unless you have greys at your root line and need monthly touchups, balayage is designed for the once or twice-a-year client. Let a professional you believe in take care our your lightening services and you will love your hair every day.

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada

Published Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri

Spring Beauty Trends

It’s time to break out of your wintertime bun and scarf routine and put on something colorful-spring is here! Whether your hair is short or long and you use makeup or are makeup-free, by setting up some beauty goals for your appearance, you can be sure to enjoy your look with blooming inspiration.

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For starters, consider the type of lifestyle you want in the next 3-6 months. Will you be indoors or outdoors, sweaty or dry, professional or carefree? When you plan your next hair or makeup redo, think about how versatile it needs to be.

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Broken waves are IN. This look, be it for business or pleasure, is widespread across celebrity and fashion lines in 2019. If you have short hair, tousle with a sea salt spray. For longer locks, create open ended curls or twists going in opposite directions, then shake it out. These days, you never can tell how old your shampoo and style is and we like it that way. It means you get to go on with living your life and feeling enhanced all day long.

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Coral and Lilac are favorite colors this season. With Living Coral winning the Pantone Color of the Year crown, expect to see lots of selection when shopping for clothing and accessories. Lilac is a new hair trend and it is HOT. For brunettes with cool to neutral skin tones, try chocolate-lilac. For warmer complexions, go for the coral.

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

 

Low-maintenance is key in this year’s beauty regimen with increasingly more women giving up makeup on the daily and focusing instead on fitness. If you like to wear a little color on your face, the Kardashian brow has evolved into a softer, pinstroke brow in the same shape as before. Think Instagram in an antique filter.

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

Whatever your plan for spring, your hairdresser and makeup artist friends can help you decifer the information out there. Just because it works for the girl in the video may not mean successful techniques for everyone. For best results, ask for a customized hair and makeup plan at your local beauty salon.

 

 

Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno

Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Owner of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.ย