Get the Look: Havana from L’Oréal Professionel's 2013 Highlights and Balayage Collection

Featured in the May issue of American Salon, L’Oréal Professionnel colorist Andre Luis presents his look, Havana, inspired by Cuba’s capital. It is the first of four looks in the L’Oréal Professionnel 2013 Balayage Voyage, a collection of illuminating hair styles inspired by exotic locations around the world. Check out our blog throughout the month as we reveal the how-tos for all four looks, each created by a different L’Oréal Professionnel colorist.

The Havana look:


1. Create an ear-to-ear radial parting, separating the front from the back.

2. From the ear-to-ear radial parting, create an inverted triangle section over the crown and secure with sectioning clips.

3. Take a profile parting from the tip of the triangle to the nape. Secure a right and left back section.

4. Create two parallel, diagonal lines, from the arch of each eyebrow, extending to the ear-to-ear radial parting  Secure three sections in the front.


FORMULA 1: Majimèches + 40-volume Majicrème Developer

FORMULA 2: Majimèches + 30-volume Majicrème Developer

FORMULA 3: INOA ODS² 8.23/8VG + 20-volume INOA Rich Developer


Subsections are taken along the partings within a section. The subsections used in this technique,along the partings, are 1” wide, and about an 1/8” deep. The spacing, between subsections along the row, is a 1/2”. Spacing between rows is a 1/2”.


1. Begin at the nape. Use diagonal back partings. Use a textured stitch and apply FORMULA 1 tothe first subsection. Complete the subsections along the first parting. Moving upward, apply FORMULA 2 along the second parting and FORMULA 3 to the third. Isolate balayaged areas with Sweet Mèches. Continue this alternating pattern until reaching the inverted triangle section. The stitching transitions into a natural stitch as you approach the top of the section.

2. Use horizontal partings and continue the same alternating pattern within the inverted triangle section with a natural stitch. Use horizontal partings (automatically transitioning into vertical above the parietal ridge), and complete the front right side using the same alternating pattern, with a textured stitch transitioning into a natural stitch.

3. Use horizontal partings, continue in the same manner as the right front section, and complete the front left side. Use diagonal partings within the final section and complete using the alternating pattern, with a natural stitch.


Enjoying this story? Subscribe to the American Salon Newsletter

Get inspirational trends, techniques, tips, education and the latest beauty news delivered right to your inbox! To read on the go, sign up today to get weekly beauty news and updates.

Suggested Articles

Award-winning Black artist and educator Miki Wright explores the question: Do Black lives really matter in the beauty industry?

Keys, who has been a long-time proponent of no-makeup makeup, is partnering with e.l.f Cosmetics to launch a lifestyle beauty brand.

Celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey just launched FYFE Beauty, an app that makes shopping for products and trying new looks easy to do from home.