Wella Class Artist November 10th

Timothy Jerome Walker


Timothy Jerome Walker, an award winning artist and Design Team Member, has had the privilege of being behind the chair as an accomplished hair color specialist, cutting designer and stylist, and platform artist for over 25 years. Timothy and his work have been featured in top trade and fashion magazines and on national television. He has trained nationally and internationally and has achieved a diverse and comprehensive background that includes editorial and celebrity styling, videos and TV commercials, salon work, traveling extensively as a performing artist, and working for global leaders in the beauty industry as a salon and school educator and consultant. In addition, he has worked with research and development alongside chemists, in the testing, evaluating, and development of hair color and hair care products for worldwide markets.  He as a mentor to many, maintains the philosophy that no matter what assignment he is on, he needs to make it about the customer, adapting what he does to the unique attitudes, emotions and forms of expression of who they are.

Ombre and Balayage


We, as hairstylists, know the difference between an ombre and a balayage. But we get asked this question ALL THE TIME! Or we get an appointment request for an “ombre balayage” and we are over here thinking, “Well, which one?!” So once again, we are here to set the record straight and share with you the difference between the two styles.


The word ombre comes from the French word “shadow”. Ombre is the actual style. It is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade.

Generally, ombres work best on brunettes because it is the least subtle of all the techniques, a sombre is what we would see on blondes. That technique is more subtle, hence the word somber.

Ombre is great for the more daring girl, it is definitely more noticeable and typically more maintenance. Ombre is kind of like color blocking, there are no dark pieces left on the bottom to help keep it natural, just a nice transition between the colors.

While the ombre is a beautiful look, it is also something that needs to be done right! A bad ombre can make all the difference and please don’t try to do it on your own ladies! That’s the style called Homebre and no one wants that!


Balayage is the “Technique”

The two are very similar, but there are very obvious distinctions between the two! The word “Balayage” comes from another French word meaning “to sweep”. Now, if you have ever seen someone get a balayage in the salon, this probably makes sense to you. When applying the color for a balayage, you sweep the color through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the natural transition down into the lighter color.

In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre.

Hence Balayage and Ombre


We received an e-mail at our school that we did not send our June hours report. Of course we did so we followed up with a call to the state. It is a scam and they are following up with it. Do not send your info to any request unless you verify that it is the State Board of Cosmetology. Have a great weekend


******Important State Board of Cosmetology News


NOTICE for candidates applying for any of the following licences: Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Natural Hair Braider, Cosmetology Teacher, Esthetics Teacher, Nail Technology Teacher and Natural Hair Braiding Teacher.

Pearson VUE has been notified by the Pennsylvania BOARD OF COSMETOLOGY that they will require all candidates (for Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Nail Technician, Natural Hair Braider, Cosmetology Teacher, Esthetics Teacher, Nail Technology Teacher and Natural Hair Braiding Teacher) to submit an official Criminal History Record Information check with their applications for licensure examinations, reactivation, and reciprocity beginning September 1, 2016.

Applicants will need to supply an official Criminal History Record Information check from the State Police or other state agency for every state in which the candidate has resided during the past five years. The reports must be dated within six (6) months of the date of the application.

Message for Early Theory/Procedural Skills exam candidates
If you meet the minimum requirements for EARLY TESTING (900 hours for Cosmetologist) and submit your application prior to completion of the required hours (to obtain a license), you will be permitted to take the exam. However, you will NOT BE ISSUED A LICENSE until your school has submitted the transcripts VERIFYING that you have completed the required hours for the license (1,250 for Cosmetologist, etc).