Celeb-Inspired Hair-Color Techniques

“Just as there are many techniques in art, there are different techniques a colorist uses when highlighting the hair,” explains celebrity colorist Joel Warren, co-owner of the Warren-Tricomi salons. “I use one or more techniques with every client I color depending on the results they wish to achieve and what I believe best suits her style and her hair.”

The following five techniques are employed by Joel when he highlights the hair of his clients:

1. Sun-Kissed
Think: Jessica Alba
What it is: Ideal for brunettes and natural blondes, this technique replicates the natural way sun exposure lightens the hair. It requires the least amount of upkeep because the highlights are very spread out from foil to foil using a very fine “weave” pattern throughout the head.

2. Basic
Think: Jennifer Aniston
What it is: Most traditional highlighting services incorporate this technique which requires foils placed closely together around the whole head, including the underneath of the hair. This technique can be used on women with any hair color and is often used to apply lowlights as well.

3. Hi-Definition
Think: Elizabeth Hurley
What it is: This technique is used in order to create high contrasts of color that do not blend together. It usually requires quite a bit of upkeep as roots start to show within just a couple of weeks.

4. Avant-Garde
Think: Cyndi Lauper in the '80s
What it is: Large chunks of super contrasting color are placed in one or more sections of the hair. It's very extreme but also very unique and head-turning.

5. Freelance
What it is: Perhaps Joel's favorite technique is Freelance, during which he uses two or more of the above techniques on one client. The techniques are usually determined by the shape of a client's haircut.

ABOUT JOEL WARREN
Celebrity colorist Joel Warren is renowned for his ability to capture personality through hair color. His versatility is his signature as he adapts his techniques and formulas to create a signature look to suit every client.

Joel is constantly trying his hand at new techniques and stretching the limits of his talent. However, he insists that the client will always come first. "Hair color is not about trends – it's about individuality," he notes. "I think it's important to fully understand a client before choosing a color." Joel doesn't dictate color or trends – his success comes from working with clients to achieve the best color possible for them.

He is known for developing personal relationships with his clientele are what separate this modern day color legend from others and are the basis for his stunning, signature work.

A native New Yorker, Joel began styling hair in his early twenties but soon found color to be his true calling. Today, his clients – who include models, celebrities and socialites such as Ivanka Trump, Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Rachel Hunter, Amanda Hearst, Vanessa Haydon and Paulina Porizkova – wholeheartedly agree.

In 1996, Joel joined forces with renowned hair stylist, Edward Tricomi and business guru Roxana Pintilie to form the first Warren-Tricomi Salon, located at 57th Street in New York City. Since then, Joel and Edward have opened three more locations, including one at 45 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, one in Greenwich, Connecticut and one in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles location is the setting for the pair's new reality show, Salon Diaries, which debuted in May 2006 on Bravo.

Joel has also teamed with Edward to create several collections of consumer hair care products including Pure Strength, which features their revolutionary Three-C System (Cleanse, Close and Condition), Cabana Collection (styling products with an organic protective shield), and Style Line (an innovative collection of 16 professional-grade, salon-quality items that puts the power of their collective expertise into the hands of consumers everywhere). All Warren-Tricomi products are available at Bath and Body Works flagship stores, C.O. Bigelow flagships stores or via www.warrentricomi.com.