Surfer blonde locks were very in style for summer, but with fall just around the corner, don’t let your locks fade with the season’s sun. Celebrity colorist Ludavic at Pierre Michel Salon in Manhattan, creates natural sun kissed hair that was previously only available after long days spent at the beach.
Ludavic, who is know for creating the California blonde tresses of celebrities such as Michelle Williams and Sharon Stone, uses the French technique known as balayage. He adds his own unique touch by not only using a brush, but also his hands to give people a natural beach blonde look. Through his technique, Ludavic is gives hair contrast and dimension by making the front blonder where the sun naturally lightens the hair while not making it too blonde in the back.
Ludavic was kind enough to answer a few questions for my Hair On The Brain readers about how to keep your blonde sparkling into fall, how to revitalize damaged hair, and more. We even got him to dish about which celebs have the best blonde locks! Check it out.
Hair on The Brain: Many of us wind up with some natural highlights during the summer months. How can we keep up this color into the fall?
Ludavic: A great way to keep your natural summer highlights is by receiving balayage just on the roots, with no gloss. The color will be just like the summer hair.
HOTB: What is the best way to revitalize your hair after a summer full of damaging sun, surf and chlorine?
Ludavic: The best way to revitalize hair is to use an oil treatment before shampooing, and a deep conditioner for 20 minutes after shampooing. If hair is very dry, use a leave in conditioner spray. Avoid any products with silicone, which dries the hair!
HOTB: Can you explain how balayage differs from traditional highlighting techniques?
Ludavic: The balayage technique is very natural. It is a way of doing highlights with no paper. I strategically place the mixture on to the hair with my hands as well as a brush. The highlight is lighter on the front of the hair surrounding the face and also on the tips, similar to the effect caused by the sun.
HOTB: Is balayage difficult to keep up? Does it require frequent trips to the salon? Since hair color up-keep is something on everyone’s minds these days, thanks to the rocky economy.
Ludavic: The balayage is easy to keep up. You don’t end up with a line of different color hair at the roots, and you don’t do the full head each time so it’s less expensive. It is better for the hair and the wallet!!!
HOTB: What celebrity do you think is currently rocking the best blonde hair?
Ludavic: Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Laetitia Casta, Blake Lively, Sienna Miller
HOTB: What celebrity do you wish would sit down in your chair asking for a total makeover?
Ludavic: Madonna, Bette Midler, Penelope Cruz
Thanks so much for the interview, Ludavic! And thanks to the Pierre Michel Salon, as well.
Pierre Michel Salon
131 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022