Hair Painting for the Woman who Loves the Beach

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Today I want to share the story of a young, beautiful, mixed race girl who grew up in Florida, now living in NYC and enjoying life in the city. Since she moved here, her sense of style has evolved.

When she walked into the salon, I could see how beautiful she was and her gorgeous hair. She has Korean and German heritage, with rich color and a great skin tone. The one thing she misses from Florida is the year-round beach life: “My hair would always get lighter with the year-round sun and salt”. We agreed that a lighter highlight would elevate her hair, maybe the lightest she ever had!



To play up her hair’s individuality, I painted it in a way that it can be worn in its natural state (air dried) with a middle part, either side, ponytail, or messy updo. In other words, it does not have to be a perfect blowdry to look great.

Photographer- Photo by Cassie


This is the thing I love about NYC. Women come in from all over the world to become part of something and they unexpectedly transform to a NYC woman.

For an appointment please call Orlo Salon; 212-242-3266

Making a Warm Blond Cool Again

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In the past, my client was used to having her hair highlighted with foils. Because her natural base color is not very dark, I thought this would the perfect opportunity to balayage her highlights.  I asked what blond tones she preferred when having her hair colored. We both agreed that more cool tones would be ideal since she already had so much gold in her hair and it was not particularly complimentary to her skin tone.

As a basic rule, if a woman has a lot of red in her skin tone, we add cooler tones to her blond, and visa versa. As I painted, I kept in mind that I wanted to utilize her natural base color, rather than over-highlighting her hair, leaving her looking too blond and having to run back to the salon in 6 weeks.

Because of her texture, color and the fact that she loves to wear her straight, I decided to shampoo with the Orlando Pita Play Pearl Foaming Shampoo to help calm her hair giving it control and shine.

To condition I used the Silk Slip Smoothing Conditioner, which further hydrates and smoothes the hair. This line works incredibly well on the thickest frizzy hair so, depending on the client, use sparingly.

And to end her time at the sink, I rolled in the big guy- the Satin Pillow Overnight Hair Mask. Talk about the hair melting in my hands! By the time I leave the sink, it’s a changed head of hair.

To blow dry, all I needed was one product which is generally not the norm. But because the hair was so well treated with the previous products, my job was made a lot easier. The Well Behaved Anti-Frizz Cream Serum is like magic. It smells amazing, the hair absorbs it easily and it works well.

In the end, her hair felt great and the client was happy.

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Warm Balayage at Orl’o Salon

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My beautiful client had four requests: keep the length; keep the long layers; keep the movement; and don’t make her hair feel sparse on the ends. Because her hair is fine-medium, I decided on a technique to create longer layers while keeping thickness at the ends. For color, she requested some warmth and a little brightness, we did balayage and a color gloss to ad shine and bring the whole tone together.

Photographer- Photo By Cassie

At the sink, I started with the Orlando Pita Play Full Foam Volumizing Shampoo, which I love. It’s light weight and has proteins that the hair really needs. It also has no sulphates, which is even better for fine, color-treated hair.

Now for the conditioning treatment…

Big Revival Bodifying  Hair Mask. THISSSSS!!! Is what we call hair crack…  I literally have clients with fine hair buying this three or four jars at a time- especially women with color-treated hair.


For styling, I used Orlando Pita Play Body Breakthrough. It’s ideal for her very long, fine hair. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and provides body that lasts.

I really believe a woman’s strongest asset is her individuality, so I always pay attention to the client’s natural beauty and try to compliment it.

Any questions, please feel free to ask! For an appointment please call Orl’o salon : 212-242-3266.

Have a great hair day!

Antonio Francisco Gonzales