Richmond Hill hairstylist SIMON CLARK gives La Femme readers ideas on how to colour hair for summer, starting with the cap method
SOME say blondes have more fun, apparently proved by a doctoral thesis, "gentlemen prefer blondes and blondes are a dyeing breed”, but all I know is that with summer coming more of you will be rushing to the supermarket, chemist or (I hope) your hairdresser to add some summer highlights to your hair.
Thus this week and in the next two columns let’s spend some time discussing the three most popular ways of highlighting, being the cap, foils and balayage. Starting with the cap, which was probably first invented as a medieval torture device, though there is the odd client who actually enjoys the experience.
While it is probably the technique that is least likely to result in a disaster at home and the only one I think you could possibly do yourself, it is not one I would choose on a regular basis, with the possible exception of getting lots of blonde into short hair.
Note to home users: using a cap on very short hair also tends to result in spots rather than highlights, so unless you want to end up looking like the Greater Spotted Housewife I would suggest acting with care.
Still the process itself is rather easy: take one cap – it is best to make sure you have pierced the holes in advance, as the person whose hair you are pulling through will not thank you for stabbing them in the scalp every time you try to force the crochet needle though a new cap.
Pull evenly sized strands of hair through the holes, and that is not quite as easy as it sounds; apply colour, develop and rinse off. End result: beautiful, even highlights, which is one of the cap’s strong points in that it tends to give very evenly distributed streaks.
If only it were that simple I would be out of a job! The real skill is selecting the right colour mix and development time, which are not subjects for discussion here.
If, however, you are wanting a chunkier result, then perhaps foils would be a better choice – so see you next time for the basics of foiling.