When clients are referred to me for my know how with working with blonde, they are also coming to see me because I offer an honest assessment on wether or not they should be going blonde in the first place, what shade would suit them best, and what route is best to take.
Isabel is a great example of my ability with blonde. She has extremely long hair (which I love) and wanted to make sure not only that we could achieve the blonde she wanted, but also wanted reasonably healthy hair. Being a dancer and actress, her hair is important to her. After a short consultation I decided her hair could handle the process. I did a complete head of foil highlights and also balayage. The 2 different techniques used in conjunction gave Isabel her desired shade of blonde while still giving the hair some dimension and avoiding the "flat" blonde color that is so common. Contrary to popular belief Balayage in Toronto is not a new technique, and in fact, I was taught and mastered this technique over 18 years ago whilst studying under Sassoon trained stylists. Unfortunately in Toronto there is a widespread belief that Balayage is something new and superior. It is definitely an excellent technique but has its limits and needs to be used accordingly. As with anything else discretion is key.
When choosing your blonde specialist you need to address what products are being used, what the maintenance will be like, and if your hair can even handle being that beautiful shade of California Blonde which is all the rage. Choose Wisely!