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Highlights, streaks, that natural blonde look


mike vallance

 Highlights, streaks, that natural blonde look 


Blondes have more fun! or is it having a natural blonde look can be hard work. Blonde women and now days some men have a love affair with being looking Blonde Healthy, Natural, Sexy. Trying to recapture that healthy sun bleached look done well it can look amazing done badly. Hum!

In these challenging economic times some clients resort to home hair colour always looks so amazing in the Commercial. the reality is that one has to decide on so many factors when choosing a hair colour and blondes can be very challenging 9 Times out of 10 you will not get the desired lift shade or tone from over the counter colour and if you you the shade fades into either a nice shade of yellow or brassy mess. In so many cases Highlights and other techniques  start off a boost to enhance a natural look but over time it’s very easy to get to that point of needing this done every 6 weeks.


Lets be honest here this issue is caused by both client and stylist the client wants to be that little bit Blonder a pick me up. The stylist thinks hey fine at the end of the day it’s another colour job bigger bill higher commission trust me i have been their I don’t write this from some place of Judgment  just fact and experience. I am going to post a few different shots in the blog and talk about them For me being successful is of course being busy having good client retention and getting recommendations new clients. Over the years i have learned that being honest with clients setting targets goals works really well it earns respect.

It is my firm Belief that good highlights can last 3 months sometimes longer is this bad for business? well consider this a good job that last longer gets you new recommended clients keeps you busy and yet you are not over colouring its working with the client its working with the base colour think of the head and hair as your canvas remember your the artist.

This is a 4 month re growth.needs some help but still looks sort of ok!

The Journey: This client when i first started working with her was colouring her hair with Highlights every six weeks when first done looked nice but roots started showing within weeks the highlights were done with just Bleach/ decolourizer yes makes Blonde but the hair was very over processed due to over lap of the colouring had no shine and the condition was poor. she also wanted to grow her hair but found she could not! The not growing is caused by breakage as fast as it grows it breaks off through brushing combing ect. We talked through all the issue i explained options and a goal of going longer in between services made sense why had it never been suggested before we started on this new journey together our Goal Long healthy natural looking Blonde hair for my part i asked for a 1 year commitment to see this through.  here are the results.

For those interested in the colors used! Natural level 6A 20 volume Bleach roots only no overlap, 8N with 20 Volume roots only [I know the 8n has a Blue Violet under tone so using it on a natural level six will expose orange in the hair but the Blue Violet will Neutralize it to a beige Blonde!] Finally a level 6 Beige red roots to ends but with Demi deposit no lift when going tone on tone or darker lift is not required.

This formulation does have a very low level of peroxide to activate the colour with out lift.[in this instance a low Ammonia based colour 0.4%.The Short hair shot is the same model -client a few years ago so with patients anything is possible.

This big Blonde look as you can see is the same hair as above volume was left over having put the hair up with back combing and hair spray. No hot irons. rollers. or styling tools! so anything is possible just play!

Blonde so many looks so much choice but keeping it managedable is the balance:

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Summing Up:

A very useful Tool for us to have but should be respected and understood, I advocate the best path is the one with the least chemistry possible.

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The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

My web site is Back2myroots: B2MR feel free to check in

You can also find me here on LinkedIn on Twitter MikeB2MR and Facebook Back2myroots B2MR

Stylist having an online profile.

I’m very excited and flattered to have been offered an opportunity to post an article on the web site Click here to read 


As a stylist young or seasoned why not build a profile try this platform if you post images of younger models, with current commercial hairstyles then it will attract a younger audience looking for those kind of hairstyles in your area.To strive to be better to make a real difference!Intelligent salon software provides a state of the art comprehensive salon marketing and management solution, complete with the knowledge, expertise and coaching required to take your salon to the next level.

Mirrored Vision   By Martin green

Mirrored Vision


Finding customers keeping Clients 

What can I say in writing the Mirrored vision. Martin Green has has taken a risk to produce something that the industry really needs a shot in the arm Innovative, radical, inspirational, challenging.
It certainly poses some really interesting idea’s and concepts it also crosses the boundaries of what might be seen and perceived as normal processes within our industry and in the salon.

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A new connection for me and new association Gary Sunderland amazing creative talent refreshing product line take a look at his web site

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I also think that we need to always look at the Why. Ask the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

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Mike B2MR


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