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The Lingo

The Lingo

What is one woman’s red is another’s pink – gold versus yellow, copper versus orange – we’re all beautifully unique and with our own translation of tone and texture. A hair colour or style change can prove quite the drastic transformation, so we asked Anaka’s Artistic Director Lou to divulge some steps to ensure a perfect match.


1) How important is it for a client to be descriptive when requesting a fringe or restyle for example – ie, short fringe, strong fringe, textured fringe etc.


It’s really important to know what type of fringe you want – it can change the whole look of your face! In saying this we’re very good at guiding the client based on what suits their face shape, lifestyle and home-hair routine.


2) What is one of the most commonly confused style notes/words/phrases in the salon?


Layers! This age-old technique gives you less weight and more movement in the hair. The common misconception is that layers enhance body through the ends which is not entirely true – while we can use the process to create body throughout the top, too many layers can make the hair appear thinner.


3) What equates to the colour red in one opinion may be totally different to the next – what should a client consider when discussing a colour change with their technician?


Come to the salon with an open mind and be prepared that you may not walk out with that exact colour, that day. At Anaka we care equally for results and the health of hair, so it may take several appointments/applications to get the exact colour you desire. It’s important to plan with your stylist – let us make a yearly plan that involves working toward any changes in a realistic manner.


4) How important are visual references (magazine tear outs) when clients wish to clearly communicate a style or colour?


So important! I always ask my clients to do their homework before they arrive – this way we share the same vision and work towards what is achievable on the day. For example, ash and gold are two tones often translated differently – what is one woman’s gold is another’s yellow – so having the same reference point helps in delivering the perfect colour.


5) While first and foremost it’s the stylist’s job to listen to the client’s wants and needs, how important is it for the client to listen to the stylist when it comes to advice on what tones and textures will or won’t suit their face shape or skin tone?


It’s very important to work together and come to an agreement on timeline and approach when it comes to any drastic style or colour change. Everything is doable but if something truly just won’t suit, we’re experts in coming up with solutions that will deliver a similar look and feel.


*Photography by Abbey Swinn