Create Classic Hollywood Waves With Curling Tongs

Hollywood Waves using curling tongs

Hollywood Waves Step-By-Step Guide

  1. After blow-drying your hair smooth, spray the hair with a curl hold spray, dry the product in and create a parting to either side.
  2. Starting at the side of the head where the parting is, take a 2 inch wide section and twist and wrap the hair over the barrel of the tong (ghd Classic curl tong was used for the above look) and away from the face – hold for 5 seconds.
  3. Release the hair and allow the curl to cool in your hand. Spray lightly with hair spray and gently lower and unwind the curl.
  4. Repeat this process, working back and around the head until you reach the front on the opposite side where the curl with now be going forward towards the face.
  5. Once you have finished move to the fuller side of the parting and continue the twist curls towards the face until you reach the top of the parting.
  6. Allow the last curls to fully cool and spray the whole head with hair spray again.
  7. Brush your hair back diagonally to crown and push the hair to create the wave effect.
  8. Use a brush or comb to define and structure the curl at the end of the hair.
  9. Finish with a little more hair spray to hold the look. You could also use a shine spray to create a glossier, more polished look.

Balayage & Ombre – Colour Choice, Maintenance and Styling Tips

What Is Balayage?

Ombre Fade Colour

Have you thought about getting a colour for the first time or refreshing your current look? Balayage is as popular as ever and in the last few years has started to include a number of variations. Translated, the French word Balayage means to “Sweep”. In hairdressing it is generally used to mean highlighting hair in which the bleach and/or colour is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect which is multi-tonal.

Ombre is a term often used to mean Balayage, however it’s a different looks.  Ombre is a more gradual blend from one colour into another. This lacks the multi-tonal appearance of Balayage, which can include natural looking ribbons of colour.

Balayage can be done using a variety of freehand techniques (hands and brush), paddle boards, foils or a combination each. With Balayage the hair is darker at the root and blends down into lighter ends. Some of your natural hair is also weaved out to add contrast and multiple tones towards the mid-lengths and ends of your hair.

Balayage: Work with your Natural Hair colour

Try and work with your natural colour at the root area. Whilst your colourist can change the root colour of your Balayage – this will not wear well and re-growth will leave a un-natural flow that won’t look great. It will also need more maintaining than if you work with your natural base. Of course if you need to cover up white/grey hair, then opt for a root colour that matches your natural.

Silvers, Greys and Metallics Balayage can hard to achieve

Be realistic with your colour goals. Silvers, Greys and Metallics are in vogue at the moment and feature heavily on social media platforms. Unless the hair is very light blonde or has been pre-lighted to very light shade it is unlikely you will get this look. Many of the pictures shared by stylists on social media require multiple bleaching processes. Silvers and greys also require regular toning and are therefore expensive to maintain.

Silvery and Grey Hair Colours

The Perfect Balayage can take time

Discuss a long term plan with your colourist – covering your next three salon visits. You end goal could be achievable, but maybe not in one salon visit. However you can gradually get to a desired shade, lighter each time. This is healthier for your hair than undergoing 2 or 3 lightening sessions in quick succession. Your hair will thank you for it.

Complimentary Colours and Tones

Pick a colour that suits your skin tone. If you are darker skinned then ash blondes might not compliment you. Consider for warmer colours such as caramels, golden blondes and butterscotch blondes.

Colour Contouring Your Balayage

Ask your colourist about colour contouring which can draw attention to certain areas of the hair by adding lighter or darker tones.  Contouring is a more bespoke colour service, designed around everyone’s unique facial structure, head shape and skin tone.

Hair Colour Contouring

Styling Your Balayage

The vast majority of Balayage pictures you see in magazine and social media platforms are waved, curled or tonged, the reason? It looks so much better, adds depth, contrast and breaks the colour up. Bear in mind if you tend to wear your hair poker straight you might not be showing off your colour at its best.

Styling and curling Balayage hair

This doesn’t mean you need to be a expert with a tong or wand, yet be able to create some movement and waves will make the world of difference. Ask your stylist to show you a basic curling technique so you can re-create the look at home.


Hair Colour and Style Trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018

The must have colour hair trends for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 are the warm tones like golden blonde, browns and vibrant coppery reds for a standout look.  Cooler browns such as cappuccino, espresso, mocha and chocolate will still remain popular towards the end of the year and Balayage and painting techniques are going nowhere.

Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 Hair Colour Trends

The glowing colours of autumn inspire many to change their hair to warmer colours to compliment the change in seasons. Other popular warm colours for A/W include caramels, honey blondes, butterscotch blondes and dirty blonde, as well as reddish-brown, copper and crimson.
This can work best with a strobbing colouring technique where a  darker, medium, and light colour are used to create movement in the hair while respecting the natural texture
Other Autumn  hues which are on-trend include rose-gold and rose-blonde which can be applied as toners to summer sun bleached hair.

Hairstyle Trends To Try With Autumn/Winter

Flat Waves/Modern Straight: this seasons most sought after hair style. A quick and easy look to recreate which can make a statement – Just use your straightener to add a smooth bend to sections of the hair. You can use a spray wax or constructing spray to texturise the look a little more.

ghd Modern Straight

Big Romantic Curls: You can give those tired summer beach waves their own holiday with this classic variant of the barrel curl. This style has next day benefits too. If you don’t want to get rid of your curls, sweep them back into a hair band for a day two variation.
Bangs AKA Fringes: Another big standout from the catwalks was the fringe. Whether you have long hair, a bob,  smooth straight or wavy hair, it doesn’t really matter as the right fringe can suit that style. You can adapt any of these styles to include a small fringe to frame your features. Fringes can be full, rounded, blunt, choppy or thinned to create something perfect for your face shape and hair style. The fringe isn’t the whole look, it’s barely 10% of the cut. However, it can dramatically change the overall look.