If you’re looking to brighten up your look with some highlights, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the increasingly popular balayage highlight technique. In major cities across America (yes, including celebrity hubs like New York City and Los Angeles), balayage highlights have become just as popular, if not even more, than traditional foil highlighting. “Balayage used to be considered a specialty technique, but because it is in such demand, more salons are offering it,” explains Donna Tripodi of NYC’s Eva Scrivo Salon.
Balayage, which is also called “hair painting,” creates the most natural-looking results because the colorist paints on the highlights by hand, and can scatter them throughout your hair in a more truly “sunkissed” and haphazard pattern. “When using foils, you work row by row, which makes the highlight pattern look very linear and grid-like. With balayage, you have more flexibility on where you want to place the highlights so the resulting pattern can look more natural,” says Tripodi.
The “painting” of the hair also creates a more natural-looking color. “With balayage, I start painting the color on at midshaft which is where the sun naturally hits your hair the most. Then, I gently paint up to the roots, which makes the growth at the scalp look more gradual. When you use foils, the entire section is coated evenly with color, then wrapped up in the foil, and the heat from the foil makes that piece uniform in color from roots to tips. Also, because you work in rows, the demarcation at the roots [when it grows out] looks like a straight line,” explains Tripodi.
If you’re in search of the grown-out ombre highlight effect, balayage is the way to go. It also has another added benefit: Longer lasting results. “Since the grow out at the roots isn’t as obvious, you can wait a litter longer before getting a touch up,” she says. Foils usually require a visit to the salon every six weeks, but with balayage, a client can go eight weeks or even a little longer.
However, if you have dark brown or black hair, balayage alone may not be the best option for you. “To lighten up dark hair, you need the heat from the foils to achieve a very light effect,” cautions Tripodi. “I sometimes like to use both techniques on a client to create a mix of bold and natural-looking highlights. It’s important to find a colorist who knows how to do both techniques to achieve balayage highlights on dark hair. They truly are different and it’s about choosing which one is good for you, as opposed to finding a colorist who just does one technique or the other,” advises Tripodi.
And a final word, no matter which technique you get: “It takes 72 hours for the cuticle of your hair to close after its been opened during a coloring process, so try to wait that long before shampooing. You can rinse and condition your hair, but don’t wash it with shampoo. Use a dry shampoo if needed. This is especially important for redheads,” Tripodi cautions. SOURCED BY : DAILY MAKEOVER
Below are my secrets for maintaining and caring for pastel hair — from damage prevention to making it last.
Be committed to washing your hair less
Like, a lot less. I’ve always been an every other day washer but I’ve cut that down significantly. I now aim for about 1-2 times a week.
Here’s why: It’s no secret that washing your hair strips the color out. Unfortunately, when you have a light pastel color it fades even faster than traditional color. My pink fades to a really nice peachy color after a few washes but I like to freshen the color often.
Opt out of those hot showers
This rule kind of sucks but it really helps. On the days I do wash my hair, I have a lukewarm to cold shower. When you take a shower in warm water the color strips significantly. I’ve never really liked hot showers so I can manage but I know how important they are to others!
Conditioner is your friend
Because of the frequent bleaching (those roots are kicking after three to four weeks!) Make sure to take extra care of my hair.
I’d recommend a great wash out conditioner, leave in conditioner, and hair serum. I use the last two on the days I don’t wash. It’s quite a routine!
Does it require a lot of maintenance?
Very little. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling. SOURCED BY: MARIE CLAIR MAGAZINE
I love to pre-schedule all my balayage clients for what i affectionately refer to as the "3 T's". This appointment consists of a deep conditioning treatment, nourishing toning blend, and refreshing trim. i recommend this booking every 8-10wks after or between color services! I swear by this program! - LO WHEELER
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If you thought the word balayage was French for some fancy dance move, you're not alone. I didn't know what the term meant either until I went blonde last year (and admittedly, I still have trouble spelling it). Apparently I'm not alone, since L'Oréal Professionnel colorist Eva Scrivo had an event in her Soho salon last night, and even the beauty editors in attendance had questions about it. The highlights (no pun intended):
1. It doesn't mean painting. Balayage literally translates to "sweeping." When done correctly, the colorist takes a small section of hair and sweeps the color onto the top. Then, he or she uses a paddle to apply more color toward the bottom. This method of lightening the ends gives the colorist more control—and creates the effortless sun-kissed highlights everyone wants this time of year.
2. It's not just for blondes. Scrivo uses balayage on her brunette and redheaded clients for multidimensional color. "Hair color that is all one shade can look like a wig," she says.
3. It works on gray hair. Balayage is a smart solution for gray hair because it allows the colorist to specifically target gray strands without touching the scalp. And, because you don't need to do a single process to cancel out a few grays, it's easier on your hair overall.
4. You should cut, then color. In most salons, women get their hair colored, cut, and blow-dried by a stylist. But by booking your trim beforehand, your colorist can work specifically to the cut, which minimizes the risk of chopping off the pretty, lighter ends (and ruining the effect).
5. You shouldn't wash your hair beforehand. If you're adding highlights with balayage, you should come with oily hair to protect the scalp. But if you're getting a single process, it's better to come with clean hair to help the color hold, Scrivo says. SOURCED BY: ALLURE MAGAZINE
What is Olaplex?
Olaplex is a product that has many uses, it serves as a bond strengthening pre-treatment during any lightening service by mixing the product into your formula. It also can be used as a nourishing post treatment on its own in addition to a haircut service.
Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, and is never tested on animals.
What’s so special about it?
We all know that coloring hair causes damage. This is because regardless of whether you get highlights (the process of removing color) or color, a colorist needs to “break the bonds” in your hair. This process is damaging. But since Olaplex is a “bond multiplier,” it will multiply and rebuild those bonds, lessening the damage and leaving the hair stronger and healthier than it would otherwise be.
Why is Olaplex so important for blondes?
Going blonde involves bleach, so blondes are particularly susceptible to brittle, damaged hair and hair breakage. (You girls with double-process platinum know especially what I’m talking about). Olaplex will help with that damage/breakage. Plus, because its so effective in minimizing damage, your colorist may be able to take you lighter than would otherwise be possible.
My hair is [fill in the blank], will it work on me?
According to Olaplex, the company has “tested Olaplex on virtually every hair type and it works. Asian, Caucasian, African American, previously chemically processed and virgin.” What Olaplex won’t do is help seriously distressed hair. As Olaplex has stated on its Facebook page, and as Christal confirmed, “[i]f your client’s hair is seriously compromised and you wouldn’t normally process their hair, do not do so just because you have Olaplex. It’s not a magic wand.”
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