the difference between foiling, balayage, ombre and the latest trend, flamboyage

We sat down with ex-basketball player turned hairdresser, Mike Evans to get the lowdown on hair trends including the latest, flamboyage.  Mike’s NBA dream was cut short after donating a kidney to his father. With a career change imminent, he wasted no time; he wrote down a list of things that he was good at and loved to do. Hairdressing topped the list. That was 22 years ago and he has never looked back. What he loves most about hairdressing is how women feel when they leave his salon looking beautiful and feeling good.

What are the latest hair trends?

Style wise, the natural, wavy, beachy look or the so-called, just got out of bed look is still a trend. Color wise, women are more daring and having a lot more fun with vibrant colors, like reds, burgundies, blues and greens. Technique wise, flamboyage.

What’s flamboyage?

It’s a new, modern, low-maintenance hair color technique from France where the colorist sticks strands of hair to clear adhesive paper. The colorist has a lot of control because you can watch the color process through the transparent strip. It looks best on solid hair color.

So what’s the difference between foiling, balayage, ombre and flamboyage?

Foiling is the most traditional and precise way to create highlights. Carefully selected strands of hair are placed on foil and the product is painted on. It’s great for women who want their hair highlighted from root to end and don’t mind keeping it up regularly because foiling is high-maintenance.

Balayage means to ‘sweep on.’ Instead of using foils, you paint the color in a sweeping motion where ever you want. You can go chunky or paint a few strands. It’s great for clients who want a natural look with more contrast in their hair.  It requires less upkeep than foiling, but talk to your stylist first because very few people know how to do it correctly.

Ombre is a look that creates a beautiful color transition from dark to light from the midshaft down. The trick is to do it without demarcation.

Flamboyage looks like a combination of balayage and ombre. The color generally starts above the midshaft and runs through the ends. You can go natural or dramatic with both ombre and flamboyage and both those techniques require less upkeep than foiling and balayage.

How can we keep our hair healthy and shiny?

Get your ends trimmed regularly. Buy your shampoo and conditioner from a reputable hair salon and don’t over-process your hair.

Nationwide, very few salons offer flamboyage. In Dallas, Mike is the first hair stylist offering the service. For our Dallas readers and visitors, he is offering flamboyage for $50 through the end of the year. You can contact Mike Evans at 214.240.3927 to schedule an appointment.

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