The Color: Biolights

April 21, 2013
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By Glen Goldbaum

Up close and personal from behind the chair with Glen

Hello! I hope everyone had a fantastic month and I would like to thank all of you who read my previous column. I received such an amazing amount of feedback and questions, and was given the chance to meet some more awesome people. And most of all, I love to be able to educate and help people with their hair needs. So, many thanks!

Microsoft Word - Document1The timing of this column could not get any better for the spring season is upon us and it’s time to see your stylist. Updating your hair color is the perfect way to shed the winter blues. As you change out your clothes for the season, you also need to refresh your color. It is the same concept. Done well, color has the ability to change the way you feel and bring out your skin tone.

Although I specialize in cutting, I love color! It can make or break a haircut. Color just happens to be a specialty in my salon. We have been producing great hair color for some years now.

The trends for the last few years have been balayage and ombre and they are still going strong. Balayage is a service that we have been providing our clients since we opened. It is the art of painting on color for a beautiful, natural look without noticeable, obvious root. The term originated in France during the 1970s and means to “sweep” color onto a canvas or – for our purposes – hair.

Ombre, which also comes from a French term meaning to “shade,” is a gradation of color from either light to dark or dark to light. For the spring, my stylists have been adding a dusty rose and pastel tones to blonde ends. Also, my favorite is the blonde-on-blonde, which uses pale summer blondes to create a natural “I just came off the beach” look.

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I am proud to be the first salon in New Jersey to bring in a new technique and staple in the industry, Biolights. My friend and colleague, Rick Wellman, who has created this amazing process, brought this alternative to traditional highlights. The beauty of this technique is that it does not create a hard line of regrowth like you would see with traditional highlights. The Biolights technique combines the artistic freedom of balayage and the detail of traditional foiling giving the benefits of both. It is made of 100 percent biodegradable material, which allows for a quick and efficient application while buffering the lightening process rather than accelerating it with the usual foil.

Biolights also makes it easy to create ombre or get right to the root without swelling or bleeding as the product stays exactly where you put it. The risk of overprocessing is also reduced as the material allows for the aggressive catalysts, such as ammonia, to dissipate during the lightening process rather than accelerate in foil. My clients are enjoying the comfortable experience and showing off their beautifully blended results.

From Hollywood to Red Bank, everyone can now look and feel like a celebrity! Some of the celebs that are rocking Biolights – and who are clients of Rick’s – are Brooke Shields, Mariska Hargitay, Molly Sims, Tina Fey, America Ferrera, Maria Menounos and Petra Nemcova .

As we say in my salon, “Don’t be boring. It’s only hair!”

Until next time…

Glen Goldbaum is the owner of Glen Goldbaum 72 at 72 Bridge Ave., and Glen Goldbaum’s Lambs & Wolves Den of Beauty, 66D Bridge Ave, both in Red Bank.


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