A desire for change? If we dared the copper sweep? Its warm reflections bring relief to the cut and revive the color of the hair. On light or dark basis, this is the new hit to boost your looks without taking too many risks. How to switch to copper highlights? We take stock with Gianni Coppa, hairdresser-founder of the salon R Factory Paris.
A true halo of light for the hair, copper balayage has recently become the new hair chic. This discreet coloring technique that blends perfectly with the natural base floods the hair with warm highlights. A shine shoot for both hair and complexion!
Balayage is a coloring technique that consists of lightening the hair: "The goal of copper sweeping is to provide a nuanced effect in shades, on bases more or less dark or more or less light. In the coppery undertones, we do not have a uniform effect but rather an effect full of nuances which allows having less demarcation to the regrowth "explains Gianni Coppa.
Is copper balayage suitable for all hair colors? The answer is yes"! On brown hair, blonde hair, or brown hair, it is quite possible to achieve this balayage with warm highlights. "This type of scan can be carried out on any type of more or less clear base. The desired result will have to be adapted to the desires and especially to the face of the client" recalls the expert.
The classic coloring transforms the hair color uniformly, "a coloring is applied in its entirety, at the regrowth we have a frank and clear demarcation", notes the hairdresser, while the balayage punctuates the hair with lighter strands, areas of light that create depth and provide a perfectly blended natural result. "Balayage is worked partially (between 20% and 90% of the hair). This allows for a much less marked effect on regrowth."
There is not a copper balayage but a multitude with very different finishes: "the honey copper balayage has a very solar effect, enhanced by a more orange side, the red copper balayage is an intense copper for the more adventurous, we also find coppery red balayage like that of Fauve Hautot. Finally, for the less adventurous, there are also coppery browns like autumn leaves "explains the founder of the R Factory Paris show.
All hair types can use copper balayage. What plays is more the skin tone. To choose a copper balayage with suitable shades, you have to take into account the color of your skin. "The darker the skin, the more lightening is required (but more in copper browns), while fair skin tones can afford a more intense copper."
Like all coloring techniques, the copper sweep sensitizes the hair fiber. It is therefore important to bring a suitable care routine as recommended by Gianni Coppa: "A copper balayage goes hand in hand with routines for colored hair. We will avoid sulfates and we will prefer conditioners for fine hair and masks for more hair. thick. Copper is a fragile pigment, I recommend applying a patina that will re-import shine and reflections (which tend to fade with shampooing). You can only perform this service in the salon every day. 3 to 8 weeks. You can also use pigmenting masks which will bring back the shade of your balayage."