Today I feel like a NEW woman! I cut off a huge chunk of my hair and boosted up the color with fun, blonde, polished highlights. I absolutely loveeeee it! I’m a creature of habit and once I find something I love, I tend to stick with it. My hairdresser Pascal, has been cutting my hair for over five years. I have followed him to every salon in the city because I won’t let anyone else touch my hair ( again, creature of habit). He is unbelievable and knows exactly how to style my curly/wavy hair.
He recently started working at a new salon, Roman K Salon, on Fifth Avenue. This is where he introduced me to the very talented colorist, Courtney Joy. Courtney and I really hit it off the first time we met at the salon. She’s fun, bubbly, and she always knows what’s ‘in’. I walked into the salon this morning and asked the duo for a FUN, NEW change. They went right to work and did JUST that..!As Courtney worked on my balyage ( more to come on what that means) we chatted and gossiped about what’s been recently going on in our lives. With a nice glass of Pinot, magazines and good company I hardly noticed all the work that was going on to get my hair as perfect as it turned out. Courtney and Pascal are such a wealth of knowledge and they have endless beauty techniques. I always find myself asking both of them a lot of questions so I thought it would be fun to do a mini Pascal & Courtney interview. They were kind enough to let me share their answers up on the blog – see below!
1. What current trends are you seeing?
Pascal: Everybody is going shorter. We are taking off extensions because people want something natural but sexy. Clients want something fresh, wavy, beachy, bohemian and polished.
Courtney: Ombre is on its way out. I’m seeing more of a sun kissed highlight rather than the over processed bleached ends. Now it’s more graduated and the highlights are being brought higher up on the hair yet still not a traditional highlight. Clients are asking me to keep the ends lighter and have it faded from a dark to light starting higher up.
2. If someone were low maintenance, what sort of color/cut should they get?
Pascal: There is no such thing as a low maintenance haircut. Getting a good cut should be part of your beauty routine. You ( anyone) should go to a hair salon every seven weeks. Everyone should look polished and should invest in a good cut. Taking good care of your hair really goes a long way and it should be second nature, like washing your face!
Courtney: You should not get any permanent hair color. A demi permanent, a gloss, just a few highlights (not directly to the root), is a perfect way to add some dimension to the hair without committing to the color permanently. But it’ important to note that not everybody is able to have a low maintenance color; grey hair is a good example and if you wanted to go from being naturally dark to super blonde that’s another example.
3. What are the best products to use for someone to maintain their color?
Courtney: I recommend for cooler blondes or cooler brunettes Shimmer Lights Shampoo from Clairol and the Shu Uemura Cool Blonde Purple conditioner. For warmer tones I recommend the Shu Uemura Golden Conditioner and always a Sulfate free Shampoo.
4. What’s the deal with gloss?
Courtney: Gloss does many things depending how it’s being used and how it’s formulated. It can simply add shine, tone, condition, and in some cases adjust the natural color of the hair. I definitely recommend it, it seals the color & it keeps the longevity of the tone. There are different glosses out there – some for red heads, brunets, blonds etc.
5. What’s the difference between foil highlights and balyage technique?
Courtney: Foil highlighting is more of an old school technique whereas balyage is considered hair painting. It’s a French technique and allows for more creative freedom & custom placement. With foil highlights you are creating a pattern through the hair whereas with balyage you can create a skinnier root of highlight and a chunkier end allowing it to be more natural in the root area and poppy on the ends. The head is round and foil is square so you’ll never get the foil to the root. It doesn’t follow the shape of the hair whereas balyage I can get into the little parts of the hair.
6. What’s your secret weapon? What’s the one product you couldn’t go without?
Pascal: Kerastase has really good products to use before blow drying or straightening hair. I always use a protective serum of some kind to ensure the hair doesn’t burn or dry up.
Follow Courtney on instagram @blondegonetitanium and Pascal @pascalgny to check out more of their talented work!
Now I am off to enjoy the new me and hit the NYC snowy town on this Saturday night!