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Getting to know my new camera

September 19, 2008

As you recall, I have mentioned my frustration about my pictures looking “prettier” than reality.  It is a shame, really.  I feel a bit like I have been false advertising!  None the less, in an effort to produce a truer color rendering, I have purchased a newer, fancier (but still simple) camera (Canon Powershot SX 110 IS approx. $250.)

I am already loving the big LCD screen.  It makes viewing much better compared to my small travel-sized Canon.

The biggest difference seems to be that the camera lets inmore light and so is less dependent on the flash (which is what seems to be “enriching” the colors.

Here are some examples from yesterday.

with flash

with flash

without flash

without flash

The true rendition of the color is somewhere in between, so I will continue to play with the settings until I get a result that pleases me.

In the mean time, here are some before and after shots for you.

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I am going to need to be more aware of the mirror.

This next client has to be “normal” at work, but likes a little more attitude in her after work life.

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Last week’s interesting hair

September 18, 2008

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Hair by Jonathan

Jonathan is having fun playing with the Blue Elumen this week.  I think every one is going to get a piece.

While he was playing in the crayon box, I was doing a practice session for a bride.  We colored her hair a shade she calls “reindeer brown” because it matches a stuffed animal her child got for Christmas.  I usually equate colors with food, so where she sees “reindeer,” I see coffee.  Color is a very personal experience, no?


As I do more photography in the salon, I have decided to upgrade to a little better camera.  Nothing crazy, just a little higher quality point and shoot.  (I don’t pretend to be a good enough photographer to spend $700 on a DSLR.)  The one thing I feel my tiny travel friendly camera (what I have been using for all the photos you have seen over the past year) is that it makes colors “prettier” than they are.  It makes it hard to do accurate “before” pictures.  The new camera has a way to set colors to Vivid or Neutral.  I have set it to Neutral and will be taking it to the salon for the first time today.  Wish me luck!

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Pigments for sale on market stall, Goa, India.Image via Wikipedia

Sometimes when we talk to laypersons (non hairdressers) we discover that they have no idea that changing from one color to another requires more thought and effort than simply dumping on the desired new shade.  Or our clients tell us stories of strangers who will ask them “What color is on your hair?” so that they can go and purchase a box of that shade.  If only it were that simple.

We do our best to educate the outside world on the intricacies of our craft. Haircolor is an art and a science.  There is chemistry impacting the physical fibre that is the hair and a skilled colorist can anticipate what is going to happen as well as correct unfavorable outcomes.  That is why you pay us instead of doing it in your bathroom.

Say hello to our dear friend Kris Blondin. (You know that it is our general policy not to identify clients on the blog, but Kris has a visible online presence and is never publicity shy.) You may remember her from one of our ” Last week’s interesting hair” posts.

When we last saw Kris, her hair was much darker. (Not to mention longer!)

Beehive for Zoobilee

Beehive for Zoobilee

To take Kris from her deep brown based color we first had to decolorize the hair.  That means removing some of the artificial pigment and lightening the natural pigment (chemical lighteners break up the hair’s melanin and diffuse it so that light travels through and our eyes sees it as lighter.)

Once we had made the hair light enough that the new color would be able to be seen, we applied our desired shades in an alrtful pattern.

Placement of Elumen shades in foil

Placement of Elumen shades in foil

Haircolors are naturally deeper and cooler at the scalp, so our color at the base is equal parts dark brown and pure red (Elumen NB@4 and RR@all.)  On the lengths of the hair, one side is pink (Elumen PK@all) and one side is yellow (Elumen YY@all)  Wher the colors meet, an additional shade is created.

  1. Pink
  2. Pink mixes with brown and red
  3. Brown and red
  4. yellow
  5. yellow mixes with brown and red
  6. pink mixes with yellow

Each foil has a slightly different pattern.  the yellow may be just at the tips, or may be a chevron shape into the pink, etc.  When it is all done, here is the fabulous end result.  We will keep Kris this shade for 3-6 months.  For maintenance, we will apply the brown red at her re-growth each month.  When she tires of this shade, we will go through the process again to create something new and exciting.

Hair by Aura
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Updo by Jonathan

Updo by Jonathan

hair and makeup by Jonathan

hair and makeup by Jonathan

laying the foundation for a beehive

laying the foundation for a beehive

Hair by Aura

Hair by Aura

Makeup by Jonathan

Makeup by Jonathan

pink and blonde bangs

pink and blonde bangs

And now you know whay I usually show pictures of Elumen colors on dark hair.  It barely shows up for the camera on light hair!  This client is a natural blonde and the pieces were not prelightened.

hair by Aura

hair by Aura

This client’s hair is naturally blonde, highlighted on the top and previously darkened underneath.  We applied equal parts pink and red.  As you can see, the pink won.

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hotter by the minute

You may recognize this client (although I do try to get just people’s hair and not their faces for blog publication!) from a previous post.

When we first met her, she was recovering from an abruptly ended relationship and was ready to be re-invented.  We cut some hair and introduced her to Elumen and she hasn’t looked back since.

I have been pondering her transformation as a chicken and egg quandary.  Has she become confident and self assured because of her great hair, or was she always that way and that’s why she wants great hair?

If people continually comment on how great your hair is, I would think it would have to help with the self-esteem.

Either way, she’s fabulous and life is good.