WorkShopFebruary 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
MAD ABOUT HUE
Kim Vo reaches into his romantic bag of tricks to help you make every client look beautiful on Valentine's Day.
Surely you've heard this line before: "I have a big date tonight with my new boyfriend/old high-school flame/husband/guy I met on the Internet, and I need to look absolutely gorgeous. What can you do for me?" It's likely you'll be hearing it a lot more as the hours wind down toward Valentine's Day. As one of the most romantic days of the year, it's a time when most women want to pull out all the stops and take beauty to new heights.
That's all fine, but watch out. Wanting to look fabulous is certainly understandable, but making a dramatic change before a big event isn't always the best idea. After all, the guy who's wooing your client on Valentine's Day—whether he's been around for two days or 20 years—was attracted to her original appearance, so a refinement of that style might be a better bet for her. Of course, the exception is the woman who really wants to shake things up and take a risk, so feel free to go wild with her and give her magenta hair if that's what she requests.
For everyone else, however, I suggest adhering to the maxim "less is more." The color trend for spring is subtle and understated, and has been dictated by the new "deconstructed" cuts sported by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes.
Some of these styles are wildly asymmetrical; others are more balanced. Some have side-swept bangs; others have a fringe that falls straight to the brow. Some are chin-length; others are shorter still. What they all have in common is that they are the latest version of the classic bob.
These jagged, edgy styles make a definite statement on their own, so today's shades of haircolor are designed to not compete with them. The solution—and the very latest look—is called "deconstructed color," and it's much more subdued than yesterday's look-at-me highlights.
Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham are sporting au courant deconstructed cuts that are dictating the trend for subtle, understated haircolor.
To achieve the look, highlight using foils, separating tiny sections of hair so the lightened portions will be no wider than a strand of spaghetti. Using the same lightening product, paint some of the ends of the hair that are not wrapped in foil. The result is a diffused look that adds movement and dimension without being in-your-face obvious. You gain the illusion of uniform color from roots to ends—but with an unparalleled vibrancy that looks bright and healthy. So when your client shows up wanting something on the cutting edge of color and style, you can give her a great new look without turning her into someone else. And, odds are, her man will thank you for it. —E-mail Kim Vo at email@example.com.