You’d think after 8 straight years, we’d be tired of ABS Chicago, but you’d be wrong!
This year saw not only the release of our all new 50 volume High Lift Balayage Developer, Suncrème, but it also marked Sunlights' FIFTH BIRTHDAY!
The chilly weather couldn’t keep us out of sunny spirits, with Candy Shaw spreading the balayage love in a (what else?) packed out Hands-On Balayage class. We weren’t just there to paint the tradeshow floor yellow, though: for the first time ever, Candy brought a live hands-on French Cutting workshop to Chicago! The sold-out class opened up a whole new world of hair cutting to a group of students looking to further their skills as hairdressers.
Among the droves of hairdressers in attendance were a group of very special visitors: a group of SIXTY beauty school students that came all the way from Erie, Pennsylvania to meet the Balay Lama, lead by our very own Sunlights Artisan Educator, Kayla Noonan!
We’re glad to be home after a nonstop weekend packed to the brim with French Cutting and Balayage, but it was certainly one for the record books and a birthday to be remembered! With the support of Balayage Believers all over the world, we’ve been Painting the World Yellow for five years, and can’t wait to see what the next five bring.
See you soon at ABA Toronto, then Image Expo Houston, Sunnies — here’s to many more years of spreading the Balay Gospel!
This past weekend, Sunlights Balayage and the Academy at Jamison Shaw had the pleasure of hosting 20 students for our first ever Candy’s Cut Camp! Students took part in an intensive, 3-day workshop to learn the French Way — the right way!
The weekend began with a get together over dinner with the Balay Lama on Friday night. Can’t learn on an empty stomach, can you? With bellies full, our French Cutting devotees-to-be were ready to learn!
Students spent Saturday deeply engrossed in one-on-one learning with Candy Shaw, getting a detailed looking into her “Americanized” French Cutting method as they shadowed her in her Atlanta salon. Throughout the day, they learned the ins and outs of the technique, and how to use it to create gorgeous, versatile, and consumer-friendly hair cuts in half the time of a British cut.
Sunday, the group took live models and really put their new found knowledge to the test. Nothing tests your skills like the real thing, and this crowd did not disappoint — nothing but beautiful hair cuts and happy guests walked out the door!
Just the Cut Camp would be a busy weekend for anyone, but was that enough for us? Not at all!
On Saturday, we had the honor of hosting ANOTHER cutting class at our education facility taught by none other than protege of Vidal Sassoon and world-renowned haircutter DJ Muldoon! Talk about a full schedule!
In all, it’s hard to ask for a more successful weekend. Such a successful weekend, in fact, that we’re excited to announce ANOTHER Cut Camp this July 27 + 28! If you missed out on the inaugural class, you have another chance but act fast — this class WILL sell out quickly!
Stay tuned for the release of the registration form to secure your place in Candy’s Cut Camp!
This past weekend, Sunlights Balayage had the distinct pleasure of hosting a whopping 37 trainers from all over the world right here in Atlanta, Georgia — including one from the United Kingdom and not one, but TWO from Sweden! It was truly a mind-blowing weekend overflowing with inspiration, fun, friendship, mentorship, and — most of all — SUNSHINE!
The weekend kicked off with a bang, beginning with an entrepreneurship workshop that featured some of our Artisan Team “Legends” — Lacie Wehrle, Abby Warther, Wayne Giles, and Jessica Scott Santo. A tour of Candy’s award-winning 50 chair salon, Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, followed to give the class of 2019 a glimpse into a busy day at the birthplace of Sunlights. Afterward, our newest crop of Artisan Educators was treated to a wonderful night of celebration at the Balay Lama’s own home, including a beautiful piano and cello duet from two of their own — Dianne Sitar of New Hampshire, and Brendan Buoni of Washington!
It wouldn’t be a Sunlights event if it wasn’t packed to the brim with education! The second day featured an intensive, all day, hands-on balayage class in which our newbies learned a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques straight from the Balay Lama to carry with them into the classroom. After a busy day of painting, the group blew off some steam with a surprise trip to Top Golf to putt and play the night away — inflatable yellow suits included.
On the final day of the event, painters were divided into teams to show off their skills on stage, all judged by Candy Shaw and the Artisan Team Legends! After winners were awarded, Candy took a few moments to honor those legends and give the new class back story on their journey with the Sunlights family. Diplomas were presented, educators were gifted their very own handmade Sunlights aprons, and the whole weekend was topped off with what else? A dance party!
Train the Trainer is always a weekend full of laughter, tears, inspiration, new friendships, and life long bonds, and this fourth year was no exception. Please welcome to the family your 37 newest Sunlights Artisan Educators, the Train the Trainer Class of 2019!
Be on the lookout for classes in these brand new territories: Washington, New Hampshire, Maryland, Colorado, Arkansas, and Minnesota! For classes in the UK, please contact Rebel Beauty Brands; for classes in Sweden, please contact Baldacci Haircare.
If you're familiar with balayage, you're familiar with Candy Shaw. With the moniker the "Balay Lama," Shaw has been building her brand for the better part of her life—her father, Jamison Shaw, was a former world champion hairdresser and her mother was a professional makeup artist. Now, with over 35 years of experience, Shaw owns Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, a 5,000-square-foot, 50-chair salon in Atlanta, and sees more than 30 clients a day with the help of multiple assistants.
In the hair color world, Shaw is regarded as a foremost authority on balayage education. She founded The Academy at Jamison Shaw, an advanced training facility teaching balayage highlighting more than 20 years ago, and launched a professional product line called Sunlights Balayage in 2014. Not to mention, she has worked with several A-list clients, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Karina Smirnoff, and received a number of honors including being named North America's Educator of the Year in 2017 by Intercoiffure.
If you're wondering exactly how Shaw built her empire, she'll be sharing her secrets alongside some of the industry's most influential names at this year's International Beauty Show New York during the Leading Ladies segment. The brainchild of Tracey Hughes and Candy Shaw, Leading Ladies is an honest and realistic program that dives deep into what it takes for someone to reach the top in the beauty industry. Emcee Mark Bustos will guide the conversation between Candy Shaw, Kris Sorbie, Najah Aziz, Ruth Roche, and Tracey Hughes, who will share their respective stories about what it takes to succeed.
"Beauty professionals can expect to take a number of things away from the Leading Ladies program," Shaw says. "Friendship, emotion, motivation, confirmation, and inspiration, to name a few. The program's raw and simple format—just five of us sitting on stools with a shared microphone—makes the audience feel as though they are onstage with us, appreciating the struggles and gaining confirmation that their journey is very similar to the panelists," Shaw adds. "Attendees will leave both motivated and inspired by the collective, shared wisdom of the accomplished panel of women."
Sunlights Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, has once and for all ‘blown the lid off’ Toning Shampoos & Conditioners with the highly anticipated 2019 launch of its unique Violet Toning Shampoo — in both ‘take home’ and ‘in salon only’ versions — and Frost Toning Conditioner, a revolutionary new toning conditioner and pH balancing treatment in one.
Lovingly formulated with Sunflower Extract, which naturally conditions and moisturizes hair while protecting its color vibrancy, Violet & Frost are designed to maintain and prolong your clients’ balayage highlights and other color services. Also containing Grapeseed Oil, the new four SKU product line adds shine and smooths frizz without weighing hair down and is an excellent source of vitamin E, which promotes both hair growth and a healthy scalp. As you would expect, the products are both paraben and sulfate free and are color safe.
Sunlights Violet Grapeseed & Sunflower Toning Shampoo comes in two strengths and sizes. A 12 oz. retail take home version for ‘Home-Use’ (suggested retail price to your salon guests is USD $22) and a 32 oz. ‘Professional Use Only’ version, containing a heavier pigment load, for back-bar In-Salon use. Both versions of Sunlights Violet Shampoo neutralize unwanted brassy tones and add brightness and shine to both natural and color treated hair.
Sunlights Violet Grapeseed & Sunflower Toning Conditioner, comes in just one formula for both At-Home and In-Salon use, but also comes in two sizes: 12 oz. and 32 oz. (The MSRP to your salon guests for take home are USD $22 for the 12oz. size and $58 for the 32 oz. size). Sunlights violet based conditioner brightens and moisturizes while restoring the pH balance of both natural and color treated hair.
Founded by stylist, salon owner and educator Candy Shaw, aka The Balay Lama, Sunlights Balayage is best known as both ‘America’s and The Worlds’ Balayage Brand’ since it’s now available in over a dozen countries. Sunlights, a garage start-up which is 100% woman owned and family operated turns five this year. Violet & Frost join Wash & Rinse, Sunlights’ original shampoo & conditioner designed to prolong your clients’ balayage highlights and other color services, as the third and fourth wet line options in Candy’s compact line of ‘hero’ products.
Candy Shaw's Tips & Tricks Tuesday
Episode #105: Candy Shaw Transitions a Dark Base to Balayage!
On this week's episode of Tips & Tricks Tuesday, The Balay Lama herself, Candy Shaw, shows you how to transition a dark base to balayage! Even though Candy is using foils, her ultimate goal is to convert this guest to balayage eventually, so watch this trick to learn the first step in doing so!
Sunlights has landed in the Northeast with a new distributor Sullivan Beauty!
Sunlights Balayage has landed a new distributor in the Northeast, Sullivan Beauty! This past Monday, the husband and wife team of Jamison and Adrienne Codner had the great pleasure of launching Sunlights' newest supplier, Sullivan Beauty! We could not be more pleased with aligning ourselves with another like-minded, third generation family business.
Based out of Hooksett, NH, Sullivan will service MA, ME, VT, CT, RI, and of course NH.
For the launch, Adrienne (@balayme_lefty) taught a The class focused on the core fundamentals of a successful balayage, which are: Consistency, Brush Stroke, and Saturation. After the demo, students lined up at the registers to take home the original balayage kit, THE BALAY BOX and its companion THE BALAY BOX 2.0! One of the students mentioned to Tyler Sullivan, co-owner of Sullivan Beauty, that she "has taken 7 balayage classes, and this one was by far the most informative!" Once the class was wrapped up, the energy shifted over to introducing and launching the brand with the Sullivan sales force. Jamison (@thebalaylamason) spoke to the team about the power of the paintbrush and how to invite stylists to join this revolution in hair color. Needless to say, the team left ready to paint the Northeast yellow 2-hour 'Balayage Brilliance!' look + learn demo to (50) of Sullivan's VIP customers!
Candy Shaw's Tips & Tricks Tuesday
Episode #104: How to Cut a One-Length Bob w/ 1 bis!
On this week's episode of Tips & Tricks Tuesday, Artisan Educator Erika Valentine shows you how to cut a one-length bob on thick hair without adding layers with the 1-bis technique! Create gorgeous, beveled French cuts with ease by adding this simple technique to your arsenal.
Candy Shaw & Sunlights Balayage in Cape Town, South Africa!
For the first time ever Sunlights Balayage and its creator Candy Shaw were invited to teach in Cape Town, South Africa! Candy was invited by Baldacci, their Swedish Distributor, who brought over 50 of their best customers to an Education and Wellness event! Each morning the group of hairdressers started their day with either Yoga or an exercise Boot Camp on the beach! Candy also shared her best business practices of how to run a salon in America. She taught them how she hires, how she trains, and how to become a six-figure hairdresser, all essential practices in running a successful salon! Candy Shaw also spent the afternoon introducing the Sunlights brand, and teaching a Look and Learn Balayage Demo. Candy stated, "my first impression of the Swedish hairdresser was since blondes are quite common, they would all know how to paint balayage!" However, to her surprise, the technique although wildly popular in America is just now catching on in Sweden! The Swedes were so excited to learn from The Balay Lama they are organizing a trip in 2020 to come to her Academy in Atlanta to see first hand how an American Salon and it’s business practices are run! We can't wait to spread the Balay Gospel all through Sweden!
Candy Shaw's Tips & Tricks Tuesday
Episode #102: How to Mink in 1 minute with Candy Shaw!
Are you ready for the fastest breakdown of Candy Shaw's signature minking technique around? On this week's episode of Tips & Tricks Tuesday, the Balay Lama shows you the ins and outs of her famous trick for painting balayage on short hair in only a minute!
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For the second year in a row, The Balay Lama Heads Down Under!
This year Candy Shaw is headlining Hair Expo 2019 after bringing her unstoppable energy and leading skills in balayage to Melbourne last year; Candy Shawwill return to Australia for the second time in Sydney!
As the foremost leader of Balayage education, Candy will be teaching TWO hands-on Balayage Workshops with fresh tips, tricks, tools, and techniques! With balayage continuing to be one of the most in-demand coloring services for salons, hairdressers will learn leading skills in the technique that they can use to grow their business and Paint Their Way to Financial Freedom!
SUNLIGHTS has officially landed in Australia, and you can now find all the best balayage tools all the way across the globe with our new distributor Rogue Beauty. Purchase SUNLIGHTS in Australia here!
See the full article on Candy Shaw at Hair Expo 2019 here!
We absolutely love what we do at Jamison Shaw! We can’t imagine anyone getting into the beauty industry that doesn’t thoroughly enjoy making people feel better about themselves, and seeing a priceless smile on their face at the end of their service! Even outside the salon, we love to make people feel beautiful! We had an amazing opportunity recently to spread our love for a friend who was going on a mission trip to La Vega, Costa Rica.
We were able to donate haircutting kits with scissors, combs and hair care products to treat a special group of ladies to a spa night! La Vega is a very small rural town where a lot of the women and children had never had the opportunity to get pampered and get their hair done. The ladies on the mission trip were able to give massages, paint nails, give jewelry, soaps, and luxurious body products! We love that we've been able to bring happiness outside of the walls of our salon and give the gift of beauty to a well-deserving group of La Vega ladies.
We are so happy to have been able to reach these beautiful ladies and put a smile on their face! It lets us know that we chose the right industry to be in. Check out these amazing photos to see their bright smiles!
Welcome our New Addition to the Sunlights
Wet Line: Violet + Frost!
Have you noticed after getting highlights your hair eventually loses that shine it had when you left the salon? Do you have hard water at home? Or live by the city where air quality is worse? Does your hair turn more gold/yellow after a while?
All of these factors can be assisted by using a violet toning shampoo and conditioner. Violet tones are often used to combat brassy or yellow/red tones by making them cooler. Although violet shampoo can be used on any hair color, the biggest benefit is on blondes. Blonde hair can be easily tainted by hard water, or pollution in the environment that eventually can leave hair a bit dull, and yellow. By using violet toning shampoo and conditioner it can take away dullness, and prolong the life of highlights with weekly use.
These toning shampoos and conditioners aren't just for color treated hair, either. Violet tones can breathe new life and vibrancy into natural blonde hair to give it more dimension and shine than you ever thought possible!
What better place to get your toning shampoo and conditioner than from the authorities on blonde, balayage, and so much more than Sunlights Balayage? That's right - we now have our VERY OWN toning line in Violet + Frost!
Specially formulated by the Balay Lama herself, Candy Shaw, Violet + Frost are designed to neutralize brassy tones, add brightness and shimmer to both virgin and color treated hair, and even restore the pH balance of your hair! Even better, VIOLET Grapeseed and Sunflower Toning Shampoo comes in both a convenient 12oz take-home version for your guests and a 32oz version exclusively meant for professional use (with a much higher dye load to go with it)!
Candy Shaw's Tips & Tricks Tuesday
Episode #100: Secrets to Success by Candy Shaw!
In this very special 100th episode of Tips & Tricks Tuesday, the Balay Lama sits down to share the three important tips to guide anyone to succeed in hairdressing, business, and life. You won't want to miss these words of wisdom!
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