The search for the best hair color isn’t always an easy one. Blondes want a more natural look, while still staying light. Brunettes want perfect, caramel color tones that don’t look too bright or brassy. It’s not an easy feat by any means.
A new coloring technique, however, is allowing stylists to create softer, sun-kissed hair, with a more natural grow-out process. Created by KL Christoffersen of Cheeky Strut Salon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hair painting allows the stylist to highlight the hair in a customized, multi-dimensional way. It’s similar to the painting method of balayage, only it involves reclining the client’s chair so their head can lean on a table to paint on the highlights.
Nancy Weber, owner of Lumine Salon, has been certified by the creator of this technique and is bringing fluid hair painting to her clients in Waldo.
“The results are different than other hair color techniques because the client’s hair is fanned out,” Weber says. “It gives us the ability to thoroughly look at every strand to see how the color is lifting and melting from the top to the bottom. This allows us to make adjustments as the hair is lifting so if a client wants lighter ends, we can boost it before it is finished processing.”
Because stylists are painting the hair strand by strand, this technique is customizable for every client. The end result can range from caramel dark blonde on a brunette to very blonde all over. Hair painting is ideal for a client who wants a very natural, seamless grow-out with lighter ends than roots. Think sun-kissed, childlike highlights.
An added bonus: Hair painted locks make for easy upkeep. A client could come in once or twice a year (as long as they are not touching up grey hairs) for this service and maintain their color by doing a gloss application in between. Hair painting eliminates the use of foils and is a faster process, only taking 2 to 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Weber and her team love this new technique because it gives them control over exactly how they want to melt the hair color. It allows them to work their artistic hair-painting magic, all while their clients relax with their feet up under a cozy blanket with a glass of wine.
Fluid hair painting at Lumine Salon starts at $150 for a level-one stylist and goes up to $250 for senior stylists.