Name & Age:
Leighanne Shelton, 31
Colorist, Balayage Specialist
It's with no surprise that Leighanne, who hails from New York City’s landmark John Frieda Salon, has turned many traditional foil highlight clients on to the more natural looking Balayage highlight and Ombre application. Starting her education at Antoine du Chez Hairdressing Academy in 2007, Leighanne had a natural talent for color formulations and started gravitating towards color services. She sought out new techniques for color application by taking advanced color training classes at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon and the Marie Robinson Salon. During her time working in New York Leighanne trained with the renouned Nancy Braun at Loreal’s Professional Institute and with Renee Patronik, named by the New York Times as the best colorist for brunettes.
What are some of your favorite fall hair trends?
“Bronde” hair. A mix of blonde and brown is ideal transitioning into the fall so you can have the best of both worlds! Here in Dallas we always have to keep a little blonde...
Tell us about Balayage, and why it's SO popular.
Balayage is a French technique of highlighting where you hand paint the highlights as opposed to placing them in foils. The outcome tends to be a softer, more diffused and dimensional highlight with an easier grow out period. I believe the technique is more personalized as you can strategically place the highlights in a way that accentuates the clients cut, style, and texture. It isn’t cookie cutter which makes it popular for so many different people and demographics.
Name some of your favorite hair-care brands to use on clients and yourself?
I love the Oi line from Davines. It is oil based and leaves the hair feeling so silky!
My go-to product is the oi milk which is an all around winner. It includes thermal protection, leave in conditioner, detangler, and shine. It works for everyone.
Why is Dallas-Ft.Worth so beautiful?
The women here like to see and be seen. They take pride in their appearance and rightly so. They want to uphold the stereotype that the most beautiful women come from Texas and aren’t ashamed to admit it.
Any last words for our DFW Beauties?
“I am not afraid, I was born to do this”-Joan of Arc