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06 July 2022
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The holiday express: Express hair colour services | Salon Services

Discover our top express colour services and the bestselling products that will help you see more clients and boost profits this summer.

Two of the main reasons clients delay getting their hair coloured are time and money, and this is why adding express services to your salon menu at a lower price point is key. Did you know that you can maintain your customer loyalty while performing quick and efficient techniques that offer the high quality they expect without using surplus product? We’ve picked three of the most popular profit-boosting express services along with the bestselling ranges to perform them, and you’ll even find the products you can retail alongside these techniques for maintaining your client’s colour.

Babylights Balayage

Balayage clients: Babylights Balayage

The balayage gives client’s hair natural dimension with a premium finish, but it’s a technique that can require a lot of time and patience. Babylights are a great alternative for clients limited on time because it uses a fine weave which is strategically placed by the colourist often mimicking the effect of sun kissed hair for a subtle shimmer. Another way you can cut appointment times is by separating your sections with cotton wool under the roots instead of foils. While foils can speed up development time as they generate heat, they can take time to rip and fold and do not allow you to see where you have already placed the colour. Cotton wool is a quick and efficient way to create hair separation and allow you to see where you have already placed your colour.

To perform your client’s express balayage babylights, we recommend the Wella Professionals Blondor Freelights range. Its creamy mixture easily spreads on the hair and stays in place during development, adding up to seven levels of lift.

Balayage Babylights Step-by-Step

Step One

Mix the Wella Blondor Freelights Bleach and chosen Freelights Developer at a 1:1.5 ratio.

Step Two

Separate each section of your client’s balayage with cotton wool balls under the roots and backcomb the hair.

Step Three

Apply the Freelights mixture on small strands around the face and hairline. For the mid-lengths and ends, apply with a brush upwards towards the roots. Leave to develop for maximum 50 minutes before rinsing out.

Step Four

Tone your client’s babylights with your chosen Shinefinity Glaze shade and mix with the Brush and Bowl Activator at a 1:1 ratio. Apply onto the balayage and leave to develop for 20 minutes before washing out thoroughly.

Glazing Balayage

New to colour clients: Glazing

Some clients may not want the commitment of a new hair colour and instead want a simple refresh. A glazing treatment with Wella Shinefinity Glaze will add a radiant gloss to virgin and colour-treated hair with no lifting or damage. Coming in 32 shades separated into four unique families, its formula develops in a maximum of twenty minutes and is suitable for covering the first signs of greys, post-blonding services and colour correction.

Shinefinity Glaze is easy to work with during a busy schedule, and one of their most popular services that guarantees maximum profits is their ten-minute Speed Glaze. Perfect for refreshing hair colour on clients who are low on time, follow our guide below to perform this simple service.

Shinefinity Speed Glaze Step-by-Step

Step One

Mix 00/00 Crystal Glaze Booster with the Shinefinity Bottle Applicator at a 1:1 ratio.

Step Two

Apply the mixture all over shampooed and towel-dried hair and leave to develop for ten minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and shampoo with Elements Renewing Shampoo and your favourite conditioner and proceed to blow-dry and style hair.

Root melt Balayage

Highlight clients: Root melt

Regrowth can create a contrast between highlights and the natural shade more obvious, and some clients would prefer to let their natural colour show slightly for a lower maintenance look. The speediest way to seamlessly blend shades is by applying colour on the roots, with the most popular techniques being:

• Root tap: A small amount of client’s natural shade is applied on the root to create a natural transition into the highlights. Perfect for clients who want to keep their highlights looking natural and like the overall lighter look.
• Root smudge: Chosen root shade is applied one or two inches down to softly blend into highlights. Perfect for clients who want low maintenance and longer wait times between appointments.
• Root melt: A deep-rooted look that adds depth and dimension to highlighted hair starting one inch past the highlights. Perfect for clients who want a high-contrasted blonde or brunette melt.

Our choice for performing these techniques is the Redken Shades EQ demi-permanent collection. When mixed, it creates an easy to apply gel formula that develops in just twenty minutes and adds a sheer gloss to hair.

Redken Shades EQ Root Melt Step-by-Step

Step One

Mix your chosen Shades EQ shade and the Redken Shades EQ Processing Solution at a 1:1 ratio.

Step Two

Apply the mixture on the roots on either damp or dry hair with a brush reaching your client’s desired length. Leave to develop for 20 minutes.

Step Three

Rinse out the mixture and wash hair with the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner. Proceed to blow-dry and style hair.

Shop the essentials for your express services

What should I retail to balayage and colour clients?

Wella Color Fresh Mask

The Wella Color Fresh Mask is a zero-damage colour depositing mask that will help clients maintain their express balayage in just ten minutes. Coming in both natural and fashion shades, its vegan formula is infused with argan oil to maintain the hair’s condition and moisture.

What should I retail to balayage and colour clients?

Wella Invigo Color Brilliance

The Wella Invigo Color Brilliance range maintains and protects colour treated hair with their powerful Color Brilliance BlendTM. Featuring a formula rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins, each product cleanses the hair’s surface and locks in colour vibrancy for up to seven weeks.

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