With a huge amount of collective knowledge and expertise in hair colour, we have a seen the evolution of hair colouring techniques over the years. From ombre to balayage, highlights to babylights – the list goes on and continues to grow with every style season. And whilst these new techniques have allowed us hairdressers to take our creativity to new heights, they have also compartmentalised the craft of hairdressing into billable services. The result? The sense of individuality or a personal touch added to styles becomes lost… in the worst cases, people feel they have ‘Copycat hair’ which doesn’t necessarily give them the end result they were looking for.
This is why at vital Hair Salon, we stay away from using these definitions and we’d love you to understand why so that you can have a meaningful conversation with your stylist next time you visit.
What do we mean by freehand techniques?
For us, ‘freehand techniques’ allow us to cast the creative colour net a lot wider. This is an all-encompassing term for all of the creative colour techniques we have seen so far and those that come to light in the future. This way, we do not have to just deliver you one technique but we can mix and match them to give you a truly bespoke look. Shell our Art Director explains in a little more detail, “balayage and techniques like it have now become commonplace, but why just settle for commonplace when you can have a tailored look?”.
Many other salons will offer each technique as a separate service, meaning you may have to invest more than you intended to fully achieve the look you desire. With the list of techniques always evolving, this will arguably mean an endless list of services that hairdressers will offer and will have to become trained in.
Our stylists keep on top of trends and look to try out new techniques as they develop – experimenting with mixing them rather than just being trained in one specific technique. It is this level of understanding which you can not get from an ‘ombre home kit’ or ‘highlighter comb-through’ – yet another reason why we’re changing the way we talk about colour.
Colour me Unique
Nick, our founder was the driver of this change. In line with his values – those which he built Vital upon- Nick wanted to move towards using ‘freehand techniques’ to reflect the way we see and treat our guests.
You are an individual and therefore you need hair colour, styling and care which reflects that – making you feel like your most beautiful self. This also extends to the techniques used on your hair – it is a blank canvas which our colour techs will look to repaint however this may take a combination of techniques and multiple sessions to achieve. Your colour might also need to be adapted based on the cut you’re looking to have – for example, balayage on very short hair may not be best advised but we could look to add hints of graduating lightening elsewhere.
Useful tools to help your next colour conversation at vital.
Whilst we are moving towards using ‘freehand techniques’ to describe our colouring, you can of course still use definers such as balayage to help explain the sort of look you’re looking for. “We want to expand and explore your hair colour through conversation rather than just speaking about one technique. We want to educate guests on the techniques being used on their hair rather than just giving them a one-dimensional look on account of just using one”. The colour bar concept allows us to explore these ideals.