Color Trend: SOMBRE


My Favorite Color Trend: SOMBRE

I have been utilizing the benefits of this technique in the Ouidad New York Flagship Salon for a while now, and it is the perfect solution for clients that want their hair to be lighter or highlighted, yet do not want the commitment of having to do touch-ups often. It works great for both Brunettes or Blondes. A “Sombre” highlight will last a minimum of 4-6 months without any salon maintenance! It can be done using either the Balayage or Foil technique.


Keeping Your Color Fresh with Color Sense

Keeping your curls vibrant and shiny isn’t easy, especially in the summertime. Color fading is one of the top concerns voiced by clients at our New York Flagship Salon during beach season and our new Color Sense line speaks directly to that!

The shampoo, conditioner and Shine Boosting Color Extender  all feature Ouidad’s exclusive Color Lock Complex which uses the power of antioxidants and plant based filter to lock in your color and preserve it through frequent shampoos and styling. Think of it as your hair’s personal body guard fighting off the damaging effects of free radical invaders and UV infiltrators. City Curls should be using this all year round!

Here are some tips I share with my clients on how to keep their color looking fresh and vibrant beyond their salon visit:

1. Integrating the new Color Sense line into your weekly routine – we all tend to shampoo frequently in the summer, thus causing faster color fade. The shampoo and conditioner are PH balanced, nourishing and contains UV filters which will help prevent sun fading all day long. My favorite is the Shine Boosting Color Extender. All you have to do is use it once a week for 10 minutes to lock the hair cuticle down and prevent color molecules from escaping during shampoos.  Results are similar to a clear in salon gloss.

2. Even armed with a great shampoo, try to avoid washing the hair every day and stick to at least every 2-3 days. For the very active curly girls, try our Curl Co-Wash for in between conditioning cleanses.

3. If you are going to the beach and will be in the sun for an extended period of time, cover those curls!  Nothing is more chic at the beach or pool then a giant straw sun hat and your favorite sunglasses!   For our wavy to curly; mist hair with our Wave Create Sea Spray and apply leave-in Styling Primer such as Whipped Curls. Place hair in messy bun and at the end of the day  you will have sexy beach hair.

4. In the summer heat, keep your body and curls hydrated – dry chemically processed curls will fade quickly. The Meltdown Extreme-Repair Mask  from the Curl Recovery line great for healing any stressed curls and will create a healthier canvas for a beautiful color. This can be used up to 15 minutes, three times a week- All depending on the needs of your curls.

5. Be careful of chlorine! Clients that spend a lot of time at the pool should definitely be taking extra steps before jumping in. I recommend using the Shine Boosting Color Extender treatment the night before.  After your day at the pool don’t forget to cleanse and condition with the Color Sense line.  Mineral deposits will be banished down the drain leaving your hair will with chlorine free hair and a sealed cuticle. For Blondes this routine is key in preventing the mean chlorine greens!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

-Ian Dorey Scott, Ouidad Creative Color Director


Embracing Your Natural Texture with Balayage


With women embracing their natural texture, I see a return to 1960’s and 70’s with hair color and styling.

Think middle parts with beachy waves cascading with sun kisses highlights.

Brigitte Bardot blonde meets hippie chic and Cleopatra Jones with warm tones graced across her curls.

 Balayage and three dimensional color placement can enhance all of these styles and textures beautifully.

The Balayage technique is perfect for all hair textures. It allows for creativity and adds movement to create a natural finish. This is the healthier hair technique when highlighting.

Curly textures can add three dimensional pops of color to enhance eye color and facial structure.

I have many clients who are still trending towards bright and violet hues in their blonde, brunette or red hair which is always fun to explore.

It is all about using the correct color and placement technique in the salon and finding the correct home care to preserve the color and integrity of the hair.

-Ian, Ouidad Creative Color Director