The Colorist

MAY-JUN 2016

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10 The Colorist | MAY/JUNE 2016 | communication is king PHOTOGRAPHY (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT): COURTESY OF L'ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL; COURTESY OF SPOKE & WEAL Lotus Abrams EDITOR IN CHIEF I recently visited Spoke & Weal's San Francisco location for a haircut and color, and was impressed by how cohesive the fi nal look came out. It was no happy accident, however. Co-owners Jon Reyman and Christine T ompson stress that collaboration and communication among team members is the key to successful services. T is practice is particularly important given that at Spoke & Weal, color services typically happen before cuts, which are usually performed on clean, dry hair. "T e big pitfall could be a colorist placing color that is afterward removed by a stylist," says T ompson, who serves as the salon's director of color. "I want my work to optimize my guests' features and desires. If I color progressively from the root to the end before a cut and the lower third of the hair is then removed during the haircut, then my guest would not receive the full eff ect." To avoid this situation, T ompson says that the consultation is the best time to make a plan. Ideally, she says, haircutters and colorists should do consultations together, but if that's not possible, colorists should be prepared to do a full consultation on their own. "It's essential to get a clear picture if any major changes are happening," T ompson says. "We have to ask the right questions about styling, length, and weight or density so that we can determine where to place color, and if a precut would be helpful." For example, if the client plans on going signifi cantly shorter, she says, the stylist can quickly remove some length before beginning the color service. "T e ultimate goal is that the cut and color are married, that they look cohesive and fl uid—'two become one,'" T ompson says. "Asking questions, digging in, and ensuring I'm informed allows me to maximize my time and the eff ects of my work." upf ont From top: Spoke & Weal San Francisco; Jon Reyman and Christine Thompson

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