Now that I am in my mid-twenties, this has marked the most experimental that I have ever been with my hair. I’ve gotten a blunt cut, ombré, bangs and a long bob! All at different times of course. This season, I fell under the spell of the balayage and I really wanted to try it out. I have been growing out my hair for the upcoming wedding season, so I thought a balayage would help me achieve a fun new look without sacrificing my length.
For this new hair adventure, I went to the new ARS Parlour, the third salon under the Andre Richard Salon empire in Midtown Village. ARS Parlour is located above the 12th Street Gym in an adorable space that can have about 4-5 clients in at a time. I had the true pleasure of having Rachid, a Master Stylist at ARS Parlour color my hair. Rachid specializes in the balayage technique and studied in Paris, France. (Oui Oui!) Whatever pre-coloring jitters I had, Rachid made sure that I was comfortable before he got to painting on my new honey highlights.
Honestly, I am still amazed that the partial baylayage only took 45 minutes! As you can see in my first photo, Rachid used a painting technique to add the dye to sections of my hair. Afterwords, I sat with my hair in the cap for about 20 minutes, got my hair washed and voila. Balayage highlights!
To go along with my new look, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andre Richard, owner of the Andre Richard Salon about his growing businesses in Philadelphia.
JTC: I personally love the Andre Richards social media strategy, specifically Instagram! Can you tell me about your strategy and how it showcases the salon’s talented staff?
AR: We love the engagement on instagram. Each stylists showcases their work in a collage and we post and tag them.
JTC: The Andre Richard Salon has been open since 2007 and now you are opening ARS Parlor (Congrats!). How does ARS Parlour differ from ARS Lab and Andre Richard Salon? How should customers choose which salon to go to?
AR: ARS Parlour features master stylists and in a more upscale relaxed environment. The main salon is more trendy and tends to have a younger demographic.
JTC: What are you excited to see in Philadelphia’s retail boom and how do you expect it to impact your businesses?
AR: The retail boom is amazing! I moved to the city in 1992 and it is now a different city. The boom is attracting a more stylish feel and I think people are more excited about looking good.
JTC: What are products you recommend to customers who are having their hair colored or bleached for the first time?
AR: I recommend products that are hydrating. Although we use the best hair color/lightener products they are still chemicals and can be drying for the hair. Pureology is an amazing hair care line.
JTC: We all know that bleach can cause hair to dry out over time, how often should a customer deep condition their hair? Does frequency depend on the type of hair coloring process a customer undergoes?
AR: Frequency can vary based on the situation. Deep conditioning should be done at least once a week.
JTC: Balayage highlights are all the rage for 2015! Can you tell us what the major differences are between this trend and the previous hair trend the ombré?
AR: Balayage is much more blended than ombré. It also tends to grow out in a more natural way.
A big thanks again to Andre Richard and Rachid from ARS Parlour! Check them out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I promise, they will take care of you