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Daily Recommendation: Balayage It

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May 11: Balayage It!

What is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. – Marie Claire

So what is the difference between Balayage and Ombre?

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 sombre. 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. – Style Lounge Salon

I love getting my hair changed (both in color and cut) every 6 months. I used to be really scared to even get layers in my hair (let alone color or do anything drastic). But, when I turned  23, I went to Stephen Knolls, and got a dramatic highlight and one of my most drastic hair cut (till then). This was the beginning of a beautiful addiction to hair cuts every six months.

It took me years to finally find a stylist I feel comfortable with. Now, I sit in her chair and say one of two things, “This is what I want (insert picture)” or “Do anything you want.” Both options are exciting to me!

photo courtesy of my stylist Lisa Marie at Reche Hair Studio

I have naturally dark hair, so creating a lighter look is pretty difficult and requires several frequently paced visits. I’ve been wary of going through that process until my recent visit to Milk and Honey Spa in Austin. My hairstylist there, Kate, gave me so much confidence that the following looks (which I’ve been eyeing for a long time) are totally achievable  for me, that I’ve already scheduled my next balayage visit!


Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

So, if you’re nervous about a hair color change but really want to get a different look that’s not overly dramatic, go for a balayage. It will give you the “different” you’re seeking without blowing you out of your comfort zone. Once you try it, and fall in love with it (hint hint), you can gradually work up to more daring looks. 

Happy Balayaging! 

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