Biolage, Balagee, Bulioge or Balayage?!

Is it pronounced biolage, balage, bulioge.. it’s balayage! Not to be confused with Matrix’s “more natural” line Biolage, Balayage is french in the language of origin and it means to sweep or to paint. Now Balayage is much different than Ombre, even if you google the word Balayage, thousands of Ombres will pop up. So lets stabilize this first and foremost. Ombre is a look, like saying a pixie cut, an Ombre within haircolor has a fade or gradient to the color itself. Balayage is a technique used to achieve a desired look, like doing a razor cut. So to be technical you can very much achieve an Ombre using a balayage highlighting technique, but you can also achieve an Ombre using foils.

With that said, where does balayage differ from foils? Balayage is usually left in the open air to process versus being in a foil. The hair being isolated in a foil creates more contrast alone, but the metal foil is also a catalyst for heat, so you get an even bigger lift, and more intense contrast. Now we all know there is a fine line bewteen “high contrast” and zebra stripes.. In addition balayage also equates to “surface painting” the hair, versus hair in a foil will be fully saturated with the lightening product and also coming very close to the scalp. In this scenario balayage would create a much softer highlight that has a slight gradient from the scalp to the mid lenghts of the hair, whereas the foil would be a higher contrast and the same brightness from scalp to ends. Some adjectives we like to use when referring to the look balayage creates are: sun kissed, organic, beach hair, dimensional, soft, subtle, like teenage girl highlights from nature. Now I did say usually left in the open air to process, you do see a lot of times that people are using saran wrap. In my opinion this hurts the blending that you’ve already created but hey that’s just my opinion, and that is one of the beauties of our industry there is no “right” when is comes to creating art. I also must express my love for the REDKEN free-hand lightener. This lightener was created just for balayage specifically, so what it does is it actually forms a hard shell over the piece of hair you just painted. This keeps the moisture locked in underneath the shell, on the hair, and the longer lightener can stay moist, the longer it can lift, thus eliminating my need to use saran wrap.

We also call balayage an “emotional” technique meaning that is goes more off of feel than structure. Again this could be compared to razor cutting. In razor cutting there often isn’t a hard line of a guide to follow, you more go by feel and visual analysis of the hair and shape. It requires a much more flowy arm and wrist action to cut with the razor properly, and in addition there are various ways to angle the razors blade to create unique looks and texture. Same goes with balayage, your not following a structured foil pattern to create a look, your going off of feel and visuals to create an organic look. And the application method is much more flowy with a wrist and forearm sweeping motion. That is why at TSPA Ft. Myers we are so passionate about teaching the body mechanics of balayage to our students. From proper alignment, to elevation, to brush saturation and blending we got you covered! And it is from this foundation that we believe you will be able to create any look you desire using balayage and getting away from the 1000 foil marathon dance.

– Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

TSPA Ft Myers: New Owners “Enthusiastic and Excited”

We would like to use this platform to introduce ourselves, the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. I am Richie Wermuth and my “partner in crime” is my mom, Min Wermuth.
Min is originally from South Korea, but we would say home to us is Cocoa Beach, Florida. We certainly consider ourselves “water people,” so making the transition to Ft. Myers was quite a breeze. We are also servants to humanity. A belief that we live by is: that to make a dollar in this world you either have to be serving someone or tricking someone; and we don’t ever want to make a single dollar without serving someone, some way.

My mom’s history runs deep in the beauty/cosmetology industry. With a very traditional and Korean upbringing, it was very important to her parents that she go to college and get a degree. So, to afford and put herself through college, my mom did hair on campus, ultimately paying for her full tuition. She majored in fashion and merchandising at FSU. After graduating, she went to work as a stylist for Moss Brothers and joined the “corporate world.” It didn’t take long for her to realize she could make way more money behind the chair as a hairstylist, while having more free time and a flexible schedule. She also saw an opportunity to be a small business owner; thus Tops Hair Salon was opened in Rockledge, FL in 1985. Min opened her own business and went to work as an owner and a stylist, which she did until the purchasing of The Salon Professional Academy – Ft. Myers. Tops Hair Salon today in 2018 is a well-oiled machine of a salon, which she continues to own while managing TSPA Ft. Myers. I will write more about her salon’s stages of evolution soon, as well as what that growth has looked like.

My history in the industry doesn’t run quite as deep as my mother’s, but it is very vast. Before cosmetology school, I was a student at UCF, community colleges, and even Bible College which brought me to live in Hawaii for a time. That whole journey is another post down the road because it sure was perspective altering. So, after Hawaii I knew that I wanted to become a hair stylist and follow mom’s footsteps into the beauty industry. I attended a sister TSPA in Melbourne, FL. It was an amazing learning experience. I was already working in our salon at the time, but upon graduation I immediately became my mom’s associate. With my TSPA training, I went through the associate program at an accelerated rate, and then became a level 1 stylist. It didn’t take long to become a level 3 stylist following the proper systems and metrics. I also realized my talent was in haircolor, so I continued my education and became Redken Haircolor Certified. After a couple years behind the chair it was time for me to make the step towards working to be an artist for a major brand. I was of course drawn to Redken, the leader in professional hair education. As I was going through the audition and training process to become a Redken Artist, L’Oréal USA (who owns Redken) offered me a corporate position and I accepted. My first title was “Redken Artistic Educator” for the state of Florida. In the Artistic Educator role I traveled four days a week to teach in multiple salons and then had one day a week to work behind the chair in my home salon. The Artistic Educator will work very closely with the Salon Sales Consultants and their District Managers to grow a territory from a sales projection perspective. I give all this info not to boast, but to just begin to paint how vast this industry is when you really dig into it. Just as above, I plan to dive deeper in future blog posts into all the avenues this industry offers and how they work.

Now to present day being the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. We are so excited, grateful and humbled for this opportunity. Like I said, we see ourselves as servants to others and it was always a dream of my mom and I to own a school; but we never really thought it was possible until SPEC (our franchisor) showed us the light. Aside from our passion to teach the craft of hairdressing and the science behind hair coloring, what runs even deeper into our heart is that we truly see this school as a “sanctuary,” if you will; a sanctuary for women (mostly) who are at pivotal moments in their lives (men too, I am one of them gents but we are the minority here). People who need a true career or a fresh start can come to a place where they become part of a team that shares a common belief system and vision. A place where you feel trusted, encouraged, empowered, stretched, and always creative. Not forced into a box created by a system from past generations. A place where they can become professionals in their craft, but also lights amongst the world that will shine so bright for others to see. Signing off for now, if you are considering cosmetology school and this resonated with you, please come in and chat, or schedule a tour. Either way, we would love to see you.

Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

1st Photo: Mother’s Day 2015

2nd Photo: Redken Symposium 2013 with Ty Isobe

Brains Or Beauty? Why not both?

Beauty School Drop-Out

It’s a phrase so common that it was featured in the musical Grease. For generations it has fueled the idea that those who pursue an education in beauty are unskilled, unmotivated, and ultimately unsuccessful.

This stigma is as far from the truth as can be.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Ft. Myers we see our students overcome these stigmas, create amazing looks, and build futures that some would only dream of.

Don’t believe everything you hear! Beauty demands brains, and we can prove it!

Generations of Success

father and son shaking hands in a barber shop

The stigma of the beauty industry has been around for generations. While people were casting assumptions about those who choose to pursue their dreams, those same people were creating something that truly changed their lives.

By building their own businesses and mastering their skills, these pioneers set a groundwork for others to create careers that can lead to a self-sustained life. Plus, as they raised their families, showing them the success they have built, that passion has been passed on to their children. By supporting them to pursue their creative passions, whether to be in hair or another field, this generation of pioneers has helped create a future full of drive.

A Tradition of Work

mother in salon with her kids

It is the difficult things that are worth doing. It’s the struggle that creates the greatest reward.

Chances are you’ve heard these common lessons before, and for good reason. They are true, and proven again and again. No where is that more evident than in the beauty industry.

Although the industry has been branded as being full of loafers with no direction, to become a successful cosmetology takes work. It takes hustle. It takes networking and branding. It takes advertising and the drive to always learn, develop and perfect the skills that are the foundation of your career.

To do that, cosmetologists have shown their passion and work ethic for generations. Slowly, we have changed the idea that the beauty industry is made for “drop-outs” and instead built on the backs of passion-filled souls who will do anything but.

A Wise Investment

father and son in barber shop

The average cost of a full program at an accredited beauty school is $13,715. This may seem like a huge amount of money, and it is, but when compared against the average cost of a four years degree, which edged over the $45,000 mark this year, it’s a number that is much easier to swallow.

The cost difference between these two opportunities is staggering. While both programs will lead you toward a rewarding career, and give you the education you need to master your future, only one can be done in as little as nine months and have you working in your field in less than a year.

While a traditional degree takes four years and can leave you with a monthly payment equal to your mortgage, an education in beauty gets you into your career faster without smothering debt and coursework that takes you away from friends and family.

This fact may have given cause to the negative stigma against the beauty industry, but this financial responsibility helps thousands of student each year get out of debt and move onto their careers with a financial stability that will last them generations.

Do not let the assumptions of the past keep you from your dreams! Embrace beauty and start your journey toward a new career today!

If you are ready to pursue your dreams, let us be your first step. Schedule a tour today and let us show you how the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy, Ft Myers is prepared to help you get there. With a curriculum developed with both business and skill in mind, the talented staff is standing behind you every step of the way.

Contact us today!