For hair aficionados like us, nothing says summer like having sunkissed hair. As soon as the heat kicks in, this popular hair color is often the most requested by clients.
Here are the different ways you can achieve natural-looking sunkissed hair without ever going out in the sun!
Sunkissed Hairpainting Styles & Techniques
If you’re going for an all-over brighter look, this technique is the best approach. Highlights are sections of hair that are painted a few levels lighter than the base color, brightening it up. This technique helps add softness and dimension to the hair color by mimicking areas where the sun naturally hits the hair.
Babylights are microfine highlights that add a subtle contrast to the hair’s base color. Designed to imitate a child’s natural sunkissed hair, Babylights are not easily detectable to untrained professionals as it is often applied from roots to ends to make it seem the client is born with it. Using foils is necessary to create that superfine blend and separation.
Ombre is a style that shows a stark contrast between the base color and the ends. It often requires a darker base hair color which gradually fades into lighter ends. To create this effect, a lightener like Original & Mineral Paint Powder Clay Lightener is painted from mids to ends, then backcombed to marry them together and form a seamless blend. The process ends with a toner to remove any unwanted yellow tones.
Considered the sister of Ombre, Sombre creates a more subtle contrast than the latter. To achieve this hairstyle trend, take the darker hue at the regrowth and faintly weave it through the mids and ends to create a less dramatic contrast and soft graduation from roots to ends.
Sombre is a low-maintenance, sunkissed look that can work for just about any hair color.
Balayage is a freehand technique which means “to sweep” in French. It is done by sectioning the hair usually in small triangle sections or bricklay patterns and sweeping the lightener on the surface, making sure to paint areas where the sun naturally touches.
But the key to balayage is tension. This technique requires a flat surface to paint on for creating that super soft, smooth blend. Hence why many prefer to use a board when doing balayage.
Teasylights is another style that closely resembles an Ombre. Like Ombre, the hair is lightened from the mids to ends but leaving a few sections unpainted. This style is perfect for clients who are looking to break up their dark hair color and give it a sunkissed glow.
Also known as Tortoiseshell, this hair color combines balayage and sombre, but instead of lifting sections to blonde – Ecaille uses lush colors like caramel and chestnuts to mimic a tortoiseshell. This technique will come in handy when a natural client wants to give her hair some dimension and tonality.
When blonde meets brunette. Bronde combines the beachy glow of blondes and the warmth of brunettes. This hair color will look amazing on dark hair clients who are not quite ready for the blonde commitment but want a lighter look.
Which of these styles and techniques have you tried behind the chair? Sound off in the comments!
Chignon is a French word that means ‘bun’. This classic updo is generally done by creating a bun at the back of the head, but there are several ways of doing this wedding hair favorite. We teamed up with Becky Huffman of Wildflower Hair Studio to demonstrate how you can create this popular bridal ‘do using our O&M Spring Wedding Kit.
How to Create a Bridal Chignon
1. Prep the hair with O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz to give the hair some volume and texture. This non-toxic thickening spray is perfect for setting a nice foundation for building the chignon, especially for fine and medium-density hair.
PRO TIP: Always be mindful of the hair texture when prepping the hair to ensure the longevity of the chignon.
2. Part the hair according to what your client desires with a tail comb. Then separate the hair in front starting from the end of the part down to the ear, and clip away.
3. Next, take a small section at the crown and carefully backcomb the hair, then take another section right behind it, joining it with the previous section.
Repeat the backcombing and spritz some O&M Original Queenie in between to create some height and softness through the crown.
4. Gently smooth the surface with the O&M Detangler Brush, making sure not to take away the height and cushion you’ve created.
5. Spray the top layer with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Spray to smooth and control flyaways, as well give the hair some hold and a gorgeous luster.
6. Once that’s done, gather the rest of the hair to create a nice and tight low ponytail.
PRO TIP: We recommend using two elastics for the ponytail. This ensures that the ponytail stays in place in case the other elastic breaks.
7. Take small sections of the ponytail, gently clipping up the rest.
8. Then, backcomb each section halfway down to create shape. Spray O&M Original Queenie in between sections.
PRO TIP: The O&M Original Queenie is a firm hold spray that doesn’t leave any undesirable flakes on the hair. Some stylists use a sock bun or donut bun, and lay the ponytail over it to create the shape. But if you don’t have any of those, don’t worry – because O&M Original Queenie is perfect for giving the volume needed to create a chignon.
9. Smooth out the flyways, then gather the bottom of the ponytail, tying it with two elastics. 10. Flip the ponytail and secure the ends using a few bobby pins. Spritz the hair with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Spray once again to tame some flyaway pieces and add shine.
11. To make sure there are no gaps in the bun, use the tail of of your comb to go in and fix any splits and gaps.
12. Next, take the hair in front of the ear and spray a little bit of Original Queenie in the direction of the hair. Comb and pull that panel across the top of your chignon, then pin. Repeat on the other side.
13. Hide the remaining tails by tucking them underneath the bun with a bobby pin.
14. Add some floral or sparkles and voila! Your bride is ready to walk the aisle.
Re-create this elegant chignon using these products from O&M!
With the natural hair movement making huge strides in helping women embrace their curls, clients will be looking to you for ideas on how to style their curls, especially this Spring.
Whether your client has corkscrew curls or loose waves, these spring hairstyles will definitely make them love their tresses more! Check them out below.
Spring Hairstyles for Curly Hair
Bring out your client’s inner lioness by letting it all out. It’s not only incredibly sexy, but it’s also so easy to maintain. First, wash the hair with Oway Curly Hair Bath and Mask to hydrate the hair. Towel dry and apply Oway Curly Potion, scrunching the hair while doing so to get the curls going. Then, dry hair with a diffuser or blow dry. Continue scrunching the hair to create volume, making sure to flip the hair in different directions to lift strands.
Sweep your ponytail towards your hairline, leaving a few strands left like a bang. Next, smooth the base with Oway Frozen Glaze to keep stray hair from falling. Then, secure pony with an elastic, scrunchie, or a thin headband, depending on the thickness of your hair.
PRO TIP: Leave it on overnight and wake up to defined, frizz-free curls.
Apply some Oway Curly Potion from the root down, then dry hair with diffuser. If the curls feel soft, spritz some O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray. Clip away a section of the front of the hair or the bangs. Then take another section, starting from the hair behind the ears and pulling it up near the crown. Twist it, then pin. Next, create a pony with the remaining hair below the occipital bone. Then roll it into a loose bun, securing it with pins. Finally, take the front section, pulling it back and twisting it to create a bun. Pin it and spray again with O&M Surf Bomb.
Known as the ultimate lazy girl hair style, the Messy Bun is so easy to do. Run some Oway Curly Potion through the hair. Then comb it back towards the crown, leaving a few hairs for a more laidback look. Secure with an elastic. Divide the ponytail into four sections, twisting each section and pinning it to the base to hide the elastic. Lightly pull the bun apart for a more natural look. Finish with Oway Sea Salt Spray.
Take a section of hair from behind the ear. Then, braid each side, securing each with an elastic that resembles the color of the hair. Once done, pin one of the braids to the opposite side, and twist the other one around the pinned braid. Finish with Oway Smoothing Cream to calm any strays.
Side-swept curls add elegance to any look. What’s more, it only takes a couple of minutes to do! Simply apply some Oway Curly Potion on the hair and create a side part. Then blow-dry that section, making sure the side parting is neat and clean.
Perfect for clients with a symmetrical face, this look is perhaps one of the easiest hairdo for curly hair. All you need to do is to flip wet hair over and apply Oway Curly Potion, scrunching the hair to encourage curl pattern. Then, flip the mane back and see how the curls naturally fall on the head. Using a rat tail comb, part the hair down the middle. Finish with Oway Glamshine Cloud for some added shine.
The process is quite similar with the Center Part hair style, except when actually parting the hair. Simply find the tap arch of the eyebrow, then part the hair with a rat tail comb until you reach the crown. Spritz some Oway Glamshine Cloud to keep the part clean of flyaways.
Also called the half-up/half-down bun, the ‘Hun’ is an easy, fashionable way to get the hair off the face especially during Spring and Summer. All you have to do is to pull the top half into a pony tail and secure it with an elastic or headband. Twist the ponytail around the base and pin to keep it in place. If you want more of a messy look, pull the bun out slightly. Then mist with O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz for slightly more volume and texture.
This year’s New York and Paris Fashion Week gave us a sneak peek of the hair trends heading our way and they’re not what you expect. This 2017, it’s all about embracing your natural hair and bringing old trends back, with a modern twist of course. Here are the 5 top hair styles you’ll be seeing a lot in the coming months.
The 1920s gave birth to the baby bangs, but Bettie Page and Audrey Hepburn rocked the fringe in the 50s so well – making it one of the most iconic hairstyles of all time. This year, it’s making a comeback but this time, it’s much sharper, shorter, and textured.
Layered locks are out – sharp cuts are in. 2017 is all about edgy styles and nothing can be edgier than straight, blunt haircuts. However, this trend is best for people with finer, thinner strands because the cut will help add weight and structure to the hair. This is also a great option for people with fried hair from over-styling as it chops off the damaged ends.
No other haircut captures the seventies youth culture more than the shag. Back then, it was heavily layered at the top with hair kept away from the face. This year’s updated version of the shag is longer and wispier with more layers from crown to ends, giving the wearer a perfectly disheveled hair.
Yep, the lob (or long bob) trend is not going anywhere. The mid-length style made a splash last year and it has become a favorite among many celebrities thanks to its low-maintenance yet trendy appeal.
With the lob, it’s easy to switch up your look. It’s perfect for every face shape and hair texture as well, so styling is always a breeze – whether you want it sleek and straight or wavy and tousled.
Au Naturel Curls
Let your natural curls out because 2017 is their year! In fact, many people with silky straight hair are getting perms because let’s admit it: curls are incredibly sexy.
The past month, almost every show from New York and Paris Fashion Week showcased naturally curly models sashaying the runways of Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, YSL, Balmain, and Christian Dior, to name a few. A testament that even big-name brands recognize the power of ringlets and afros.