Seventeen, Hollywood Life, E! – JULY 2013

July 17, 2013 – Joico Celebrity Colorist, George Papanikolas gives his tips for going ombré. “For the first time,  it’s best to leave the dye-job to the professionals! Here’s what to tell your colorist for the perfect summer ombré:

  1. First do balayage (hand painted) highlights to the root area, and around the face. These tend to look softer and more natural than traditional foil highlights! Lift those pieces to a honey color.
  2. Backcomb a few large pieces and highlight just the ends. Backcombing the hair before you color diffuses the highlights so they don’t look like they’ve been dipped in bleach!
  3. Chunky pieces are a great way for brunettes to get an instant pop of lightness! The key to making the chunky highlights look modern is by being more fine at the root, gradually getting thicker and heavier towards the mid-shaft and ends in a seamless graduation of color.
  4. Often when brunettes try to go lighter, it can look brassy, and doesn’t always complement darker skin. By keeping more depth in the root area you get flattering tones for darker complexions like Shay’s! Plus, you don’t have to retouch as often with ombré as with regular blonde highlights.
  5. Bleach of any kind can really stress out your hair, so Joico’s K-PAK Revitaluxe is a must when going lighter!

Hollywood Life – Joico colorist, George Papanikolas, colored Shay’s hair at the Andy LeCompte Salon in Los Angeles with honey-colored balayage highlights. As opposed to traditional highlights, which use foils, balayage highlights are hand-painted on by a colorist. Since no foils are used, there are no harsh lines or demarcations of color throughout the hair, which gives it a very natural, Gisele vibe. George says after painting on Shay’s face framing highlights, he then went and “back-comb[ed] a few large pieces and highlight[ed] the ends to get the ‘ombre’ effect with the lighter ends.

E! – George Papanikolas, a much sought-after celebrity colorist with clients in Los Angeles and New York, offers us some tips for getting Shay’s look: “Shay Mitchell is sporting more of a beach-inspired, Hawaiian goddess kind of hair color,” he said. Papanikolas’ process helps the hair absorb color without becoming brassy or bleached-out. “Back-combing the hair before you [color] diffuses the highlights so that they don’t look like they’ve been dipped in bleach,” he said. “The chunky pieces are a great way for brunettes to get an instant pop of lightness.”">