Apologies…this post is a bit ‘heavy’ on pictures of me…! Not my normal style at all, but wanted to try and do the whole before/after thing – plus get a decent shot, rather than the old ‘in mirror reflection’ iPhone shot…
Anyway, what this is all about is my recent visit to the absolutely stunning Rossano Ferretti Hairspa, in Mayfair, close to Regents Street and a stones throw from ‘Vogue House’, the home of Conde Nast publications in the UK (and in my head, the UK version of the Devil Wears Prada).
I was in this lovely salon to re-visit the lovely Jack Howard – who I first saw Jack back in Feb 2011 for my first ‘Balayage’ experience, when he was based at another salon. Something about the slick and stylish Rossano Feretti salon seems far more his style than the previous venue – it really is the most luxurious salon I’ve been in (there’s a guy on the door who’s role is to greet you and show your way in).
Jack’s signature technique is ‘Balayage’ – a free hand painting version of applying colour to hair. Resulting in a gorgeously natural alternative to traditional highlights. This isn’t a technique that’s only for blondes by the way – it’s a way of adding a natural looking dimension to any hair colour.
This was absolutely ideal for the look I wanted – I wanted to go for an overall lighter/brighter blonde effect. But I still wanted dimension and contrast. The finished effect for me can be best seen when I tie by hair back and I can see the lighter sections on the darker sections underneath my hair – I love this effect, it’s made my hair feel so much less ‘blah’ than I was feeling pre-balayage.
After..slightly dazed looking, but you get the idea of the shade a bit better than in previous ‘afters’
I had taken a few pictures of images of (mostly celebs) with blonde hair shades that I liked for one reason or another… these really varied but one of my favourites was a shot of one of the Olsens (Ashley I think) with a gorgeous buttery blonde shade – and I feel that this is the colour that Jack has really picked up on and created for me and I’m so happy with it. It’s a cooler tone, which I’ve always been told doesn’t suit me – but the contrasting warmer tones balance it out and I feel it’s actually really flattering.
I have to also got to give a mention to the wonderful Bruno who cut and styled my hair after Jack worked his magic – he did a wonderful job and left me feeling great (good enough to stand next to Kim Kardashian no less!)
For more information on Jack Howard and Balayage please take a look at his website.