Ann Causey and her Too Shy Studio are a refreshing and talented take on hair color, offered on a lively block in Brooklyn’s Bedstuy neighborhood. I was a recent client of Ann’s and met her on the street level of her walk-up studio one Sunday morning in Brooklyn. I had heard about Ann’s talents from a friend and from online articles raving about her ability to bring life, fun and whimsy to anyone’s strands. I was in need of a change and wanted to bring something interesting and new to my look that differed from the blonde highlights I typically lean towards. Ann worked me into her busy schedule and soon I was in her chair ready to get her opinion on what might work for my face.
Ann is known to offer unique and interesting colors for her clients daring to do something bold and unique. Of course she can do your typical blondes, browns and other colors - she is often sought-out for pops of orange, pink, blue and other unique shades that can be done incredibly right, or wrong, depending on the colorist. I had a particular vision to bring a copper highlight to my medium brown hair to add not only a little lightness, but to also do something a bit out of the norm for me. I think copper is a pretty color and adds a caramel-esque vibe when your base color is nearly chocolate.
Ann is soft spoken at first and naturally introverted, so one can see where her “Too Shy” branding comes from. But, once you begin talking color, she is in her element and ready to get her hands dirty. We agreed on the copper/caramel color for my highlights and she mixed a base to give my gray hair a pop of chocolate to serve as a nice base. She was soon mixing bleach that she hand-applied to the ends and watched vigilantly to be sure it lifted to just the right level to achieve the caramel/copper she was looking for. Once the color set and was rinsed, Ann mixed a custom toner to apply to my freshly highlighted hair. The result was the perfect copper/caramel shade that gave me something new, different, edgy and fun. I loved it.
I spent roughly three hours with Ann and met her adorable puppy that she rescued from Taiwan. She is warm, engaging and truly passionate about what she does - willing to go the extra mile to make her clients happy. I spoke to her about possibly going for rose gold next time, and I’m still considering it. I know she will be the right person to go to for that particular transformation.