Inspired by the current pastel color trend, I wanted something that was a high fashion tone but able to be seen as elegant at the same time. This technique showcases a diffusion at the root, riding the appearance of just a typical root touch up. With the color variations and contrast, it gives depth and movement to the hair with no hard lines, giving beautiful continuity throughout the look. These tones can work on the runway or toned down for a fun boho look.
The color also offers contrast and visual interest to up styles and braids, as shown by Jenny below. Taking an edgy look and combining it with a romantic up style, perfect for that edgy bride who says you cant rock pink hair on your wedding day! Lets get started and we hope you enjoy the beautiful Cotton Candy Up Style!
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BY JAY WESLEY OLSON
First things first, having a proper set up is key when doing a Balayage technique. I recommend keeping a couple dry brushes around if needed.
Begin by sectioning the head into four quadrants and framing all sections with a global diffusion retouch.
Working horizontally from top to bottom, you will start to create contrast with the point of the brush.
By pulling the color down and feathering out the hair with the point of the brush, you create diffusion in a typical root touch up.
Using your fingers, smudge down the lines made by the brush in order to create a stronger diffusion.
Repeat the same steps moving horizontally through the sides. Be visual with your color placement and lines of diffusion.
Here is a top view of the global retouch with diffusion.
Using a scissoring technique, fuse the diffusion points (Base Formula & Mids/Ends Formula).
Here is an example of formula one and formula two fusing together with the diffusion points.
Using your fingers smudge the root color in order to create depth where desired.
Here is the finished look of all four sections after formula one is fused with formula two.
A finished look of formula one creating depth underneath and a diffused contrast at the root.
The lines of diffusion create movement and dimension throughout the root area.
Achieving a bold yet diffused look.
Finishing with an elegant attention getting fashion tone, without being too much
If you have questions or comments about how to recreate this color, leave your comments in the box at the bottom of this page. I also encourage you to reach out to me at @jaywesleyolson on Instagram for any other questions that you have.
Next, let's turn this over to Jenny Strebe as she'll show you how to transition this gorgeous color into a soft romantic up style that you are going to absolutely FALL IN LOVE with!
Begin by sectioning out your hair from above the occipital bone to the top of the ears on both sides and clip away the top sections for later.
Create a low pony inside of your section securing it into place using an elastic.
Pinch and pull the hair above the elastic band to create volume and fullness.
Twist sections of the hair inside the ponytail and finger tease each section for an erratic texture and fullness.
Pin each twisted section in the updo individually, working in a circular motion.
Create a triangle section on top, and now we are going to work with the side sections of the hair.
Tease lightly at the roots using your Sam Villa Tail Comb for extra volume.
Take horizontal sections and curl each section using a lightweight hairspray.
Twist and finger tease each horizontal section back and pin to secure.
Next we will continue to pin and place the hair into the low bun we previously created. The key here is to visually place each section, meaning there is no right or wrong place to secure the sections. Continue to incorporate hair with twisting the hair back into your low bun.
Drop the top section out and tease at the base.
Curl the triangle section and do the same thing as earlier, twisting the hair back into the low curly bun.
Now work into the front sections; you will want to curl the front sections going away from the face.
Visually pull your sections back and pin into place by using bobby pins.
If you love this Cotton Candy Up Style, I encourage you to replicate this look and feel free to tag me on Instagram @theconfessionsofahairstylist so I can see your work.
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