If you were to put all of the possible (natural) hair colors side by side in a gradient from lightest to darkest, those shades falling between blonde and brunette/brown would be considered “bronde.” Bronde balayage, therefore, simply refers to the specific techniques used to take a client’s hair to that desired shade.
Bronde balayage is often leveraged to introduce multidimensionality to hair that can be difficult to achieve with highlights or traditional foils. The result is typically warm and rich (thanks to the brunette!) but also sun-kissed and beachy (thanks to the blonde!). Because the resulting color maintains multiple different hues and tones, there’s an added bonus: It can complement a range of skin tones effectively.
What is the technique?
Beach Bronde is a bronde balayage technique that we developed specifically for our Travel Society Ambassadors. It leverages both highlights, lowlights, and teasy lights to help a client achieve a beautiful, natural, lived-in look, and can be especially effective in correcting an overly highlighted (read: overly blonde) canvas. It is particularly well-suited for when a client wants a softer, subtler, more natural blonde.
Looking for advice to help you achieve the perfect beach bronde for your clients and guests? Below, we’ve gathered together five tips that will help you knock your next bronde balayage out of the park.
5 Tips to Creating the Perfect Beach Bronde Look for Your Client
1. Know the goal for your client.
Whether you are performing a more thorough and extensive service (like balayage or foilyage) or you are performing supplementary services (like color melting or root smudging) the first step should always be the same: Start by conducting a hair consultation with your guest so that you understand what they hope to achieve.
If you don’t start with a consultation, and simply dive into the treatment itself, you open yourself up to a greater risk of failure. The hair consultation gives you the opportunity to understand the point you are starting from, and to chart a path forward to reach your client’s goals. And in cases where a client has unrealistic expectations, the consultation gives you the opportunity to manage these expectations—a crucial part of the job.
2. Formulating is HUGE.
One of the greatest draws of bronde is that fact that it incorporates both warm and cool tones throughout, enabling it to work with a variety of skin tones and giving the hair a more reflective look.
Your formula should have an equal balance of cool and warm tones to it, or it simply won’t look the way that your client wants it to look. In the worst case, the hair might come across as flat—the exact opposite effect from what you are trying to accomplish.
3. Master placement.
Our Beach Bronde technique is definitely an advanced type of placement. It has to be. In order to achieve the level of depth and complexity that the look entails, we’ve had to completely rethink the process. With Beach Bronde, the focus is on adding lowlights by painting the surface of the hair with depth instead of light.
As with any advanced form of balayage, practice makes perfect. By practicing your sectioning and placement and application and really mastering it, you’ll develop a kind of muscle memory that will just come naturally when you go to perform this technique on a client.
4. Don’t forget to gloss.
Glossing adds back some of that shine and luster that your client’s hair might lose over the course of their treatment. It’s a relatively simple step that will take your bronde balayage to the next level, helping prevent the hair from looking dull and lifeless. It can even help to emphasize some of the subtle hues and tones that you’ve worked so hard to create.
5. Educate your client on aftercare.
Once the treatment is complete, or while everything is processing, it’s important that you take at least a bit of time to educate your client on proper aftercare. By this, we mean: Explaining to your client when it will be okay to wash the hair for the first time after the treatment, how often hair should be washed thereafter, and the effects that different styling processes and products might have on how long the look lasts.
Typically, we recommend that our clients wait 48 hours before shampooing their hair for the first time at home. This will give the hair cuticle more time to close, which will help the pigment stay where you want it: In the hair! We also always recommend specific products that we know will help maintain the look.
You should also take this time to explain the next steps to your guest. When should she expect to need to come back for a touch-up or full service? If possible, get this in the books now.
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