Hair Apparent

Cut and color tips, courtesy HNL’s hair experts

Balayage, ombré or orchid undertones? before you book your next dye job, get schooled on what’s en vogue per Honolulu hair pros. Alan Vuong (Salon Blanc owner/stylist), Joe Randazzo (J Salon stylist/owner), Jovan Artiko (J Salon colorist/stylist) and Stace Yamaguchi (Rêve Salon master stylist/ owner) talk tips, tools and top looks.


Honey Blonde: Spring brings showers of Marilyns with a buzz-worthy twist. “Lots and lots of blondes. Not icy blondes, but warmer tones,” Randazzo says. Vuong agrees, “Th is season it’s about chic, honey highlights.”

Natural: Chocolate browns and authentic hues are also on the horizon.

“Trends are definitely going a lot softer; now, you see more blending of [color],” Yamaguchi says. “Wholesome blossom,” is how Vuong cites single, true toned shades.

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Balayage: Ombré is out. Balayage—”baby lights” or “soft, glitter highlights,” as Vuong calls them—is in. “It gets mixed up with ombré. Balayage is the technique, and ombré is the look,” Artiko says. Randazzo adds, “Trend-wise, ombré is well on its way out.”


Retouching: Color frequency depends on desired look, which can range every few weeks for fashion colors, to three to six months. “Some colors won’t last,” says Vuong of runway colors (purples and fiery auburns). “They require more maintenance and color getting deposited back into the hair.”

Washing: To keep color, Yamaguchi advises adding a sulfate-free shampoo to your grooming regimen. Over washing, he adds, is a cardinal sin of color care. “Instead of rinsing out any natural oil, you need to alternate every day or every other day … and because of the humidity in HawaiÊ»i, there’s so much fading of color.”

Conditioning: Post-color, “have supportive agents that will maintain the color to support the hair’s quality and materials and provide protein for your hair,” Vuong shares. Deep conditioning treatments should also be done at every color process (twice monthly).


Thankfully, all gurus agree color is moving in a healthier, more conditioning and au naturel direction. Recommended: Called the new coconut oil, Paul Mitchell Marula Oil (Rêve Salon) is a rare, cold-pressed assemblage out of Africa; Kérastase Chroma Captive and Chronologiste (J Salon & Salon Blanc), for the French import’s anti-build-up clause and color shielding; and Japan’s Shu Uemura (J Salon & Salon Blanc), especially Essence Absolut: Randazzo’s “No. 1, can’t-live-without product.”




Shear Genius

Vegas-based stylist Tony Auvinet visits Salon Blanc.

Salon Blanc is bringing big names in hair to Honolulu. In sheer brilliance, the salon’s guest-stylist series launched with a certain je ne sais coif. Tony Auvinet, a master hairstylist hailing from the South of France, visited HawaiÊ»i earlier this year, and is one of many celeb coiffeurs busting out scissors at Blanc.

The former right hand of L’Oréal Ambassador Guy Kremer in London, Tony sharpened his shears at hair shows around the world.

A “dreamer” with the desire to explore, after two years in the U.K., Tony spent three years traveling between Beijing and Shanghai managing ERIC Paris Salon, taming tresses for Chinese movies, modeling shows and photo shoots.

His international accolades eventually led him to America. The now-Las Vegas native boasts a U.S. résumé of Christophe Salon at the MGM, Kim Vo at The Mirage, and his most recent parlor, Mosaic Salon.


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A true artist, watching Tony execute a balayage color job, which he gracefully applied freehand painting through hair, was like observing a Left Bank painter actualize an oiled landscape on canvas.

“You have to work with the face, the energy.

Everybody’s independent. To be a hairstylist, it’s not only about hair. You’re also a physiologist and psychologist. You have to listen to your customer. You have to feel.”

Cut or color, Tony crafts a vision, shaping in his mind a client’s ideal look. “I don’t care who you are. I treat everyone the same when they’re in my chair,” insists Tony, whose client roster includes celebs like Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Nicole Scherzinger, just to name a few.

Granting him free creative reign is where he most excels (view model’s “before and after” shots from her afternoon with Tony, pictured).

“I made a friend cry at her first [fashion] show in London, because she felt beautiful. I was like, ‘Wow, I love my job!'”

“My pleasure for me is to change people, to make them smile. I like to hear, ‘Wow!'” Tony shares. “I like to make people be confident. I think it’s all about that.”

Tony will return to Hawaiʻi soon, though you can find him at Mosaic Salon in Las Vegas.

Tony Auvinet at Mosaic Salon, Las Vegas, (702) 606-6651; Salon Blanc 294-0621.

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