Hot Tools Canada ambassador Kirsten Klontz gave a well-deserving front-line healthcare worker, Laura, the ultimate hair makeover at The Loft salon in Toronto.
Known for her editorial hairstyling prowess, Klontz shares her tips and tricks with us for creating the look.
Since Laura has been working around the clock since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has had little time for self-care and was in search of some much-needed hair love.
Her only condition? She needed to be able to tie her hair up for work, but otherwise she was quite open to changing things up and was ready to embrace an updated look that was both practical yet refreshing and bright for the season.
“Her hair was looking a bit flat, so I wanted to add some dimension in her hair through colour and cut,” says Klontz.
Making the Cut
Since Laura’s hair is super thick, full and has a wavy texture, Klotnz felt that her client’s hair was taking all the focus away from her face so she felt that a mid-length, long bob would best suit the client. She also updated her colour with a balayage and babylights. Klontz says this technique helped add dimension to the ends, which works with layers and framing to elevate the overall haircut.
Klontz opted for a rose-gold tone as the secondary pigment in the toner she used. She went with a richer base than the client originally had and glossed it with a dusty rose tone through her ends. “I used Goldwell Level 5 and Level 4 on the root – 4BP and 5N because she had a little bit of grey,” she says.
Since Laura had some grey in her hair, Klontz says she had to be extra mindful of her formulations. “I used babylights foiling a lot around her face,” she says. “When that grows out, the reflection from the highlights will help camouflage and mask the grey hairs when they’re coming in. I prefer to use a foil in the root, as opposed to painting, in this circumstance because of the precision foiling gives you, so I could do a babylight in a foil exactly where her greys come out.”
When it came to styling the hair, Klontz achieved the perfect look with the Hot Tools One Step Blowout brush, which is infused with charcoal in the bristles and ideal for perfecting second-day hair. “Charcoal is an extremely porous surface and it absorbs what’s around it, including oil in the hair, making it the perfect alternative for those who don’t like the feeling of dry shampoo or texture sprays,” says Klontz. “It’s got such great tension for wavy hair, if you’re looking to smooth it out and it gives a lot of shine.”
For clients with thicker, coarser hair, Klontz says the brush is ideal for speeding up styling time.
“Everyone with thick hair loves it because of how quick it is. You wrap it in an upwards motion to create volume and add curvature in the hair to get a bouncy blowout with soft ends curving under,” she says. “The bristles are long and get a lot of tension. If you want to stretch out natural curls, it’s incredible! It also has a stronger grip on the hair than you could ever imagine.”
Although Klontz will sometimes use the Hot Tools Blow Dryer with a round brush, she admits that the One Step Blowout is a faster alternative.
To finish off the look, Klontz used Hot Tools’ 1.25″ Black Gold Curling Iron for a soft, tousled wave.
Tip: For finer hair Klontz suggests washing and towel-drying hair before putting in your favourite hair products. She then recommends letting the hair air-dry a bit before going in with the One Step Blowout. She enjoys using it to do a pin-curl set when trying to take her look to the next level. She’ll round-brush the pieces and while they are still warm, pin them on the head to get more bounce.