Giancarlo De Berardinis, international salon owner and stylist, brings Italian beauty stateside to his New York, New York salon. With salons in Toronto and Milan, his monthly presence in Italy makes it easy for him to study the market, learn new techniques and tack upcoming trends in order to translate them into seasonable looks here in the U.S.

De Berardinis Method: The Crochet Technique…

“This new cutting technique from Milan incorporates more movement and texture for a truly modern look,” states De Berardinis. Heavy hair is beautifully uplifted by this fresh approach to layering that literally “breaks up” the weight of the hair. The Crochet Technique can be used on any hair type or length. Furthermore, it can be achieved with different variations depending on the thickness and texture of the hair. In order to get rid of the heaviness that so many women complain of, De Berardinis prefers traditional scissors for this cut (rather than thinning sheers), which can often result in fuzziness and drastically thinned-out hair.

Natural Born Color…Two New Techniques

“The future of hair color is all about dimension,” explains Sharon De Berardinis, Color Director. “To maintain dimension, illuminate the face and show texture, you need to use strong colors in the interior of the hair,” advises Sharon. “For instance, on a natural dark blond head of hair, I place lighter blond underneath so that when the hair moves, the lighter colors shine through.”

Since returning from Italy, Sharon has been using new color techniques to achieve the most vibrant and modern color. The Flash Crochet Technique (the exact opposite of the Crochet cutting technique), leaves the hair filled with rich bursts of color. “The hair is divided from the back to the front and then sliced and weaved vertically. The back part is the starting point and then I move forward to the temple and diagonal from the crown forward,” explains Sharon. The end result is a natural as it is modern - the flashes of color create a light reflecting illusion that truly illuminates the face.

The other color technique making its way across the Atlantic is the Shatush Technique. The end result is an incredible lightness with a rate delicacy. “The word ‘shatush’ comes from goat’s beard hair in the Tibetan Mountains to convey the feeling of softness and luxury.

Color expert, Sharon De Berardinis explains how:

“The hair is divided into 1” sections that are teased into “points” – reminiscent of the punk rock era.

Then the color (or bleach) is applied close to the root, but never touching it, and most importantly, only to three sides of the point - the top and two side. The bottom is left natural. “A 2” brush should be used,” explains Sharon. The look is beautifully ethereal.

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