Clients mainly come in asking for foils or balayage and they always have a sexy goal picture in their hand.
Quite often, what you think you want or need is not the answer.
Firstly, the first thing we like to explain is that Foils and balayage are both techniques, not results. Balayage means shading or blending and more often in the hair industry, this can mean what we call "free hand painting."
Foiling is a technique that we use by taking sections in the hair and weaving pieces out (or not) and applying colour and then wrapping in foil. But, confusingly enough, the same can be done with applications of balayage too.
This is why, at The Cutting Room, we go off your goal pictures that you show us, more than the words you use. New clients can be "triggered" by certain names of techniques as they have suffered a terrible experience at the hands of an inexperienced hairdresser.
This is when consultations are important.
You may have booked in for a full head of foils, thinking this is what you want and need but quite often, once we get into the nitty gritty of you, your hair habits, lifestyle and goals, what you need may be something altogether different.
Or it could be a mix of both.
The best idea is don't get too caught up in the names of things and allow your stylist to ask the questions that are necessary to work out what you need.
We will always book packages based on these names as people just like you find it easier to understand when booking online or over the phone.
It's ok. We will get you to your goals, regardless of how we get there.