All About That Blonde Hair

Today, Suzanne is back to talk about a topic that has exploded all over instagram and other social media outlets.


We have a more condensed video talking about blonding on our you tube channel, and it’s floating around facebook so you can always check that out, but we’re going to be a little more in depth here.

What are services that would be considered lightening hair?  What are most popular right now?

Highlights - which will always be in for clients who want to have an overall blonder look… when hilights are done correctly each time a client comes in for a touch up the stylist should be picking up the previously lightened pieces and simply touching up the new growth. Not overlapping previous hilights, which can cause damage or breakage,  and not lightening new pieces each time which would eventually cause the entire head to look solid blond. When this happens the dimension from having the lighter and darker contrast is lost. Stylist will sometimes add lowlights to try to fix this problem, when in reality it should never have happened in the first place had they been taking the time to simply touch up the new growth on the original hilights. *there are always exceptions… such as a client wanting to switch up the way hilights look or needing to add dimension because the natural hair color is quite light or even starting to gray.

Babylights - Which are basically just little tiny hilights. When this is the method used to lighten your hair you will have 2-3 times more foils in your hair then a traditional Hilight service which will increase the cost of the service because it is more work. And honestly, babylights look amazing when first done but can pose a problem when it comes time for a touch up. Because the babylights are so small it’s really hard to find and pick them out so they can be touched up correctly. Because of this a lot of stylists are overlapping previously lightened pieces causing a lot of damage and breakage.  

Ombre/Balayage -  Ombre  - which simply means “shaded” - is the effect of gradually blending one color into another. The method used to create the ombre effect is usually a type of balayage. French Balayage is when color is painted directly onto sections of the hair, usually without foils. At Hair-Do we use what is more commonly referred to as American Balayage which incorporates foils into the service. The hair is still hand painted in a unique pattern customized to each clients desired look, but we use foils to encapsulate the lightner which allows us to achieve a lighter result.


What is the effect of this and how is it different from foiling?

Who are good candidates for hairpainting and is it just a different technique for the experience or is there value to painting?


We hear so many people want the blonde look in some form or fashion, but worry about the upkeep or forget that they need to care for the new hair, why is such a high level of upkeep needed with blonde services?

Once hair has been through a lightening service it is considered to be in a “compromised” state. Left alone in that compromised state you risk compromising it more by blow drying, curling, swimming, brushing, etc. We use Olaplex in all our lightening services which helps minimize potential damage or dryness, and while olaplex is amazing it cannot perform miracles. You need to take care of your hair. Because your hair is going to be dryer you’ll need more nourishing products, you’ll also need to get regular trims to avoid split ends. You do not want your hair to split because that creates weak spots which then become breakage. You’ll probably also want a toner at sometime to keep the color looking amazing. Ombre’s and balayages can go a long time between touch ups, but if you want us to be able to touch up your hair you need to make sure it’s in good enough condition for us to re color. We highly recommend coming in for an Olaplex treatment, a haircut and a toner in between services to keep your hair in tip top shape.

What can people do if they are noticing their hair being extra dry, broken, cotton candy-ish!?

Olaplex can help strengthen your hair internally by reforming the bonds that get broken when doing a lightening service, they have a take home treatment that can be done weekly which is amazing. I would also recommend leave in products that help protect your hair from the day to day wear and tear we put our hair through. (Save the Day) We also have a great treatment called KERATRIPLEX  which lasts up to 6 weeks and adds a layer of strength and protection. The results of this treatment are immediate, which is really nice when your ends a really angry.

How does blonding effect thin hair versus thicker hair?

I’ve heard clients be upset that a toner was used

Why are toners used and does that mean the stylist did something wrong?

We’ve seen many people come into our salon after a mishap with their stylist with an orange/brassy look - why does that happen?

Be careful on instagram about this icey movement...many people get there, but

  1. It’s expensive and not easily achieved

  2. We have noticed these bloggers pictures, where the photo is filtered to look lighter, but just jumping on their instagram has shown it’s not as light as the picture.

  3. It takes great care on your part to upkeep the color, tones only last about 4 weeks.

What’s important to know about extending the color/tone?

What a Team-Based Salon means and why it matters

If you’ve been to the salon you have probably heard someone there talking about how we are a team based salon. Well, that sounds cool and fancy but you’re probably wondering what it means. Especially what it means for you, the client. Being a team based salon means a few different things, first and foremost as the the term suggests, we are a team. Working together as a team creates a different atmosphere from many other salons. Working together as a team means that when one stylist needs help, our other stylists are there to help. That may mean you have two people putting on your touch up or talking to you during your consultation, so when it happens, own it-because you know that's how celebrities roll. So consider us your entourage, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel like a celebrity from time to time.

Another rad aspect of being a team based salon is that it equals more flexibility for you- the client. The stylists at our salon trust each other and they will even suggest other stylists for you to see if they are busy. Guests can feel free to try as many stylists as they want without any repercussions; you never have to worry about feeling guilty for seeing another stylist-we promise!

All of our stylists are extremely talented and versatile, but they are not all the exact same. Just like every person bakes a cake differently, every stylist has their own unique flair. So try as many pieces of cake as you want because they are all delicious and you will probably find that you like several different pieces. We will always strive to line you up with a stylist that matches your skill requirements and personality, if you feel there is a mismatch, we have other skilled stylists to fit your needs!

Basically, being a team based salon relieves the pressure many people have felt in other salons.  Our stylists are not paid a commission of sales and services, so when they are suggesting products or services based on your hair goals, it is not for their immediate personal financial gain but for the benefit of your hair. You can also rest assured that our stylists are not on an island.  They have access to many tools and a team that is ready to help make sure trust is established and decisions that are made will be in the best interest of your hair. There are many times there will be 2-3 people helping on a consultation, color application, shampoo, blow dry, toning, etc. That’s a benefit not only for you the client but the stylists we employ feel that the security and help makes their job easier!  

From a stylists perspective, a team based salon can be a great place to be.  We are not saying it’s for everyone and that it’s the only way, but we believe in being a team that works together to make the salon great, make each other great and bring a high level of professional service to clients.

A team based salon brings stability in the schedule of the stylists but in their paychecks.  They can plan on their pay each month and when people cancel last minute or no show they are still paid for that time.  That mentality though is NOT an invitation to do those things. They are big no-no’s, no matter the stylist, their time should be respected, plan ahead and value the stylists time!  But many times, when cancellations or no shows happen, the front desk works quickly to fill that spot so the stylist can focus on other aspects of their job, which transitions us to another benefit of a team based salon…

The front desk or customer service team.  A front desk assists the stylists in scheduling clients, setting a pending list (which is a great way to have the option of coming in earlier when something opens up and we highly suggest utilizing the pending - or waiting- list).  The front desk also reminds clients of their appointments and makes changes to the schedule if the stylist is sick.

The salon as a whole provides all the color, styling products, and some tools and marketing for the stylists at no cost to them.

These benefits help the stylists enjoy their time with their families and lives away from the salon.  They have the security of knowing other people are working for them to make their career a successful one without having to do all that work (which can be extremely taxing on a stylists time) because think about it a stylist that works 8-10 hours a day doing hair, then goes home, texts/calls clients asking for appointments and reminding them, then needs to post pictures of their work regularly; and if they are on top of their game, interacting with other pictures on instagram to grow themselves and add value to the hair community in some is a great deal of pressure and a major reason stylists stop doing hair after 5 years or just do it as a hobby not as a career.  Our stylists are aiming for a career and alleviating that burden is our pleasure and the stylists at Hair-Do appreciate it!

The last couple benefits they enjoy is support by having a team around them as we have pointed out already in this post and continuous hands-on education.  If they are having a rough day, there is a group of people that band together to help ease that burden. The education is required at the salon, and this is not your typical education, where it’s only a couple times a year, or just watching videos or watching someone do hair.  The best way to learn a skill and improve is by getting your hands dirty and putting in the hard work. The education is required, comes at no expense to the stylists and is provided at the minimum once a month. Suzanne is the main point of education, and she is meticulous in helping people better themselves, but we have hand on education from Bumble and Bumble, Schwarzkopf, Paul Mitchell, and any visiting stylists throughout each year.  That is the basics of their education, but you will always see stylists helping each other out on a daily basis. Continuous education/training/practice is crucial to a stylist. If athletes, actors, nurses, artists needs to continuously practice and make tweaks, so it is with stylists. The minute stylists think they have arrived and stop investing the time and money, they fall behind and skills dip. We have stylists that are hungry to be better, remain humble and work hard at being better and helping others be better.

Thank you for sticking through this post!  We are grateful for your attention we can only hope if you are looking for a new salon you will give us a try.  If you have been to hair-do and it has been a long time, we hope you will give us another shot to earn your trust and show you how we have changed in our mindset and skill.  We would love to hear in the comments experiences good or not-so-good at hair-do, and you can even include those sentiments if you go to another salon and we will be more than happy to help you navigate those questions or concerns!  Thank you Thank you!

~Written by Brandi Webb and Paulsen J. Healey