Both stylists are sough-after for their vibrant, elegant work and they both use different techniques to achieve stunning results. For class, the duo shared tips for sectioning so that color blends properly and talked about considerations you need to make for different hair types. We also discussed ways to politely nudge guests into keeping their heads in-place, providing the necessary tension for applying color.
Using the brushes they swear by, Jess and Danni demonstrated their methods for painting shapes and feathering to add depth. Jess likes to diffuse the color by applying it against the textured side of a planchette, whereas Danni prefers paint directly onto the hair.
Watching two balayage experts work some magic with different techniques provided valuable insight as well as a reminder that stylists are artists. Working from a shared knowledge base, we develop our own perspectives, and folding in new approaches can greatly enhance the experiences we provide for our guests.
Incidentally, balayage is a French word meaning "scanning" or "sweeping." Along with being a popular hair coloring technique, it's also a mathematical method devised by Henri Poincaré for, you know, reconstructing a harmonic function in a domain from its values on the boundary of said domain.
Mathematic asides aside, this was an amazing class. Trying out new techniques on mannequin heads, our team was able to develop a new skills and a new appreciation for the brilliant work that goes on in our salon on a daily basis.