THE BEAUTY OF BALAYAGE

Well I think by now we all know what balayage is! That graduation of hair colour from dark tones to light, created only by the most talented hair colour specialists!

We are moving away from the old foiling techniques and into a more modern way of hair colouring! The meaning balayage comes from a French word ‘to sweep’ and that is exactly what you get, soft beautiful tones and a whole lot of sweeping colour 😉

There are many reasons why this has become a hot trend in the salon these days!

First and foremost would be the seamless way the colour grows out (because no-one likes a solid regrowth) with dark roots becoming a trend, what this means is now EVERYONE CAN AND WILL GO BLONDE!

Balayage has gained much popularity because even our clients with the darkest of hair can rock those golden locks. Why? Because the darkest area of colour is at the regrowth; complimenting your skin tone.

Hair colour that sits closest to your skin is what will be the dominating tone, so by keeping that colour natural we are able to lighten the ends without washing out your skin tone and losing colour to your skin.

Take for an example if you have naturally dark hair and your hair colourist lightens your hair all the way to the regrowth, (usually known as a scalp bleach) this will usually wash out your skin tone making you look less vibrant however, leave the regrowth natural and then you have many options for change.

The 6 categories of colour

  1. Deep – natural dark hair with dark features
  2. Light – blonde hair with light eyes
  3. Warm – our redheads and warmer tones
  4. Cool – cooler skin tones
  5. Bright – vibrant colours
  6. Subtle – Natural tones

In the past it was important to know which category you fell into, now with the hair colouring balayage technique it doesn’t really matter, we are now able to step outside the square of this basic colour theory. Take for example this picture of my client Michelle, she is half Filipino with natural jet-black hair. (she would fall into the deep category) Her roots are still natural fading into a soft light golden blonde. I just LOVE this colour melt!

 

One of the most common cases of colour washing someone out is when a redhead goes light blonde. This rarely works because of the warm tones in their skin. I’ll use Nicole Kidman as an example here as her choice in colour has always puzzled me. She is a redhead that’s chosen to go blonde, it will always make her look less vibrant than her beautiful natural copper tones, why? because of her skin tone, if you added some depth to her regrowth area she would look completely different. (How I would love to get my hands on her hair) 😉

 

One more balayage technique that is quite the opposite of this darker root fade is freehand hair painting all the way to the regrowth area. This is a technique I just love because you can keep your blonde clients nice and light all over with all the benefits of soft freehand balayage tones, minus the stripes you would get from hair foiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So basically that’s the beauty of balayage!

If we are talking about the technique however that’s a different story all together!

Clients that have booked in with me know why the prices are high. I don’t think you truly understand until you see what is involved. The process of hand painting colour is an intricate one. Section by section the colour is hand painted (yes just like a sweep) making sure you apply enough colour to each section to ensure you get a perfect result. This takes time, hours in fact and it is done with both diligence and pride. Working with colour is a race against the clock, and achieving the best results takes patience’s and perfection! A little OCD doesn’t hurt either 😉

Anyone that’s had a bad balayage will agree, it pays to go to a professional. My best advise is if you can’t afford balayage opt for a different colour service as these techniques are never done cheap if they are done right.

Book Now with me for a consult if you are in need of a balayage colour specialist!

 

 

Hair Trends Set To Dominate The Spring Racing Carnival

Headpieces and hair accessories have now become the epitome of cool according to latest fashion trends!

There has never been a more popular way to amp up your hairstyle from pearly headbands to velvet bows; these hair trends have been a fashion liberation that has spread like wildfire. This is the era of free fashion where people are taking less notice of the dos and the don’ts.

This latest trend has landed just in time for the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival and the great news is while all racing days come with a specific dress code… there is always one thing that is left to the imagination… HAIR!!!

The finishing touches of every race day attire.

I love working with these gorgeous decorative designs! There is nothing more glamorous than a race day outfit that screams elegance and class.

Take advantage of the few appointments I have left available for this special occasion!

Giddy-up 🙂

 

 

Lets talk about Photography!

 

Photography!

It’s a passion of mine! I love it because it tells a story.

A good photographer will anticipate and capture a moment.

Candid or on-set there is nothing more beautiful than an elite team of creatives that come together for the sole purpose of expressing their talents and their inspirations. This then translates into beautiful timeless photographic images that showcase what we are made of.

I am so humbled by my recent work; I have been lucky to work with some of the industries most talented people.

Rewind back however to 2011 and here is a shot of our model Becky standing on a rock; I just love it! Maybe I love it more because I was there and saw the moment take place, this photograph was taken one second before the wave took Becky under.

These are the moments we can’t anticipate, we can only capture them if we are lucky.

There are no second chances. Becky and our team were shooting in the back beaches of Rye in the middle of winter. (Yes it was cold)

The water was still and shallow enough that Becky could hitch up her dress and walk over to the rock.

Within moments this freak wave came and took Becky under. This photo was all we had before she was completely saturated.

It’s Magic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://instagram.com/kerrigravinasalon

See some #BTS shots from our latest beauty shoot!

Styled by Poppy Creative, she has encapsulated a playful theme that is fun and colourful!

Our Photographer was the amazing Maddy Roux, this woman has superpowers! I adore working with her!

MUA’s were Dana Vaughan and Suzy Sela, so much talent with these 2 ladies!

Videographer was Tom McMaster, his work is just magical 😉

Featuring our Devine models Maya Madsen, Jemima knott, Peyton Edwards and Aleisha Scanlon.

This is just a sneak peek the professional shots are still to come!

For a list of credits see http://instagram.com/kerrigravinasalon

Enjoy… 🙂

Kerri Gravina Aveda Concept Salon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eponymous salon of artistic director Kerri Gravina, has opened her Aveda concept salon in the iconic Manchester Unity building, in a beautifully styled salon with classic historic ArtDeco charm.

With over 20 years of in-salon expertise, Kerri Gravina is one of Melbourne’s highly skilled go-to professionals for a cut that’s effortless to style and fashion forward. Offering a unique salon experience and delivering her personally tailored services, and undivided attention to detail, Kerri sees the beauty and potential in each and every client, making you feel sexy with a refreshed look that is relevant to your lifestyle.

Having previously educated salon partners for Australia’s leading colour brand Wella Professionals, her expertise is in hair colouring and delivering classic styles with an edge.

We dare you not to fall asleep during her heavenly scalp massage.

Services Offered:
Hair Styling Cutting & Colouring, Scalp Massage

Products Used:
Aveda and Loreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tecna Organic Keratin Treatment

HAVE YOU GOT THE K_FACTOR…

K-Factor by Tecna Hair Care!

A new technology in hair repair treatments formulated to eliminate frizz for up to 4 months.
Did you know…?

Healthy hair should contain 70-80% keratin

Burning the hair with straightening irons will damage the hair cuticle, which represents the hair protective layer. This results in an appearance of dull frizzy hair.

Systems of deterioration…

  • Hair breakage
  • Dryness
  • Thinning

Visible effects…

  • Dry and frizzy hair
  • Styling shape doesn’t last
  • Dull in appearance

The K-factor works internally on fighting the deterioration effect that may be caused by external agents, both chemical and thermal!

Tecna is made up of 2 main ingredients….

  •      Keratin
  •      Shea butter

What is keratin?

Keratin is the main element contained in our hair. It is a protein composed of long amino acid chains in which different vitamins and trace elements are interposed. These are responsible for the thickness and quality of hair.

What is Shea butter?

Karite is a tall tree with the botanical name “Butyrospermum parkii’ also known as “Shea Butter”. It has always been used in Africa for food, cosmetics and medicine. Indigenous people call it “tree of youth” and use it as a cosmetic for skin and hair.

Rich I vitamins A, B, E and F it is used in modern dermatology and cosmetology due to its elasticizing, moisturizing, autooxidising and repairing properties.

Tecna is 100% formaldehyde free!

 

Recent publication in Surreal Magazine

 

MODERNRETRO

Latest work published in the current issue of surreal magazine!

The Surreal Magazine is a promotional magazine based in Ansbach Germany predominantly centered on beauty and fashion.

Surreal Magazine has a goal to promote not only well-known photographers and models, but the ones just starting out are also published.

The concept behind Surreal’s creation was to bring such talented individuals together in one forum where they can collaborate and initiate some of their best creative works.

 

 

 

 

 

Surreal magazine recognizes

  • Photography
  • Fashion
  • Modelling
  • Hairstyling
  • Avant-garde
  • Beauty
  • Editorials
  • Outstanding artists of all types.

List of credits…

Our creative force, on camera is Courtney Daily

MUA the lovely Clarrissa Williams

Devine Model Bonnie Falstrom

And Hair by Me

 

 

HOW TO STYLE CURLS

This is the million-dollar question…

I think if more ladies could master the art of the curl, there would be less and less curly girlies going straight.

Me I’m a curly girly through and through, I just hate to go straight it simply doesn’t suit me.

Curls are so romantic! They have the power to soften your most prominent features with a playful disposition that for me personality go hand in hand with my profile as a hair salon owner.

I am speaking from a creative field however I hear in the corporate world curls are a totally different story.

I can’t even imagine having to straighten my locks so men take me more seriously in a male dominated environment (of course this is just what my corporate clients tell me, I am not speaking directly from experience) Time after time clients visit my salon to have their hair blow-dried straight in preparation for that important meeting. These women feel that curls are messy and not as professional (insert sad face emoji)

In my salon IT”S ALL ABOUT THE CURLS! And as more curly girlies flock to my salon wanting that premium care on their luscious locks, equally important to this is how to achieve that soft and gorgeous curl at home, you know the one that screams modern and sexy 😉

Curls are confidence! And for those of you brave enough to wear them, I have attached a tutorial from my youtube channel featuring me getting my curl on 🙂

And this is how we do it…

Step 1… I use a combination of Aveda products

1) Dry remedy oil (this is pure moisture in a bottle)

2) Be Curly curl enhancing lotion (this is to enhance my curl and improve my hairs natural elasticity)

And the final step is confixor (this is a gel YES A GEL) we are going right back to the 1040’s here…

Back then it was all about setting!

You will see in the beginning of my video that my hair looks kind of hard and stiff, that’s because it is. It is well saturated with product then air-dried with a diffuser to make my hair set quite firm

Then AND ONLY WHEN the hair is bone-dry do you brush.

(Failing to wait for this can have catastrophic effects)

Don’t risk it!

For optimum results I like to wait an hour in between just to be sure ALL the moisture is out.

Take a hair-up brush (or anything with beautiful soft bristles) and away you GO…

Last but not least good luck!

For hair-styling classes or help finding these great products contact me on 0451468863

 

 

 

 

OLAPLEX… IS IT REALLY WORTH ALL THE HYPE?

OLAPLEX… IS IT REALLY WORTH ALL THE HYPE?

Well it’s no secret that Olaplex has been a game changer!

Every other brand has tried to copy it, and I mean every.

On the market today we have…

Cureplex – By Highlift

Wellaplex – By Wella

Blonde-pro – By Loreal

Brazilian bond builder – By BBB

Fibreplex – By Schwarzkopt

Bondpro – By Goldwell

Just to name a few!

Now if you research Olaplex replica products on-line you will read that all companies claim to have a similar product offering all the same features and benefits with their own unique point of difference.

So why are they all doing it?

Because Olaplex is the BOMB!

I like to think of it as my insurance policy when it comes to hair colouring.

With the new wave of colour transformations in high demand and balayage at its peak, Olaplex means everyone can now go blonde!

Olaplex makes it possible to now push the boundaries and get you that blonde pastel tone colour in just ONE sitting.

Genius? I think so 🙂

 

Olaplex Treatment

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLOWDRY!

 

Every trend has its saturation point. In the world of hair there have been many trends that have progressed from runway to mainstream reality, but nothing was more relevant than the nonchalant look of zero effort hair.

Show after show we are served up a display of models that reflect a look of these effortless locks and natural textures.

Modern and cool these looks had an appearance of having done little to no work at all. (even if that wasn’t the case)

It was only a matter of time till we saw the demand return for the blowdry!

The bed head movement has changed its course.

Healthy blowdryed hair that is well kept and shines is the NOW.

Like our skin we want to have a healthy glow in our hair

IT”S ALL ABOUT THE SHINE!

We now have a glossy bordering on blowout finish to our clients service that is back in high demand.

The look of this seasons hair is still not overly contrived, It’s a look that has volume and movement, the sheen on the hair gives off an appearance that the hair is well looked after.

The blowdry is your newest accessory!

STYLE TIPS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

  • Remember that when your hair is wet the cuticle is open (this is when your hair is the most fragile) Comb thru gently and no vigorous rubbing when drying with the towel.
  • When blowdrying your hair, blast and stretch out the roots of the hair, be extra gentle when blowdrying the ends. This technique is paramount to avoiding damage to the ends of the hair, The oldest parts of the hair are the most sensitive.
  • Product is used to support the blowdry and to help it hold, don’t use anything sticky or stiffening

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SOFTNESS OF THE HAIR!