Adventures in Balayage

Beauty Skeptic's BalayageA peek at some of my balayage highlights.
Excuse my comically bad lighting that does not fully showcase how awesome my hair is.

After lengthy consideration, I decided to go forward with balayage highlights. I went for a consultation on September 13, which is where I gathered my information on how to prepare for my balayage highlighting appointment. Balayage isn’t something new, even if it is a new-ish trend in the United States; but I could swear, of all the haircolor techniques out there, this one was made with me in mind.

I did extensive research and chose a charming salon in my area, had a really positive consult, and was ready. By my September 20 appointment, I was rarin’ to go.

So, Tell Me What you Want

To my consult, I brought the following three photos, found on Pinterest, for inspiration:

Adventures in Balayage - Inspiration

Clients get caught up in trying (and failing) to describe what they’re looking for. Pictures help. But you know what else really helps? Explaining and or showing what you definitely, under no circumstances, do not want. Most balayage highlights create a lovely, ombre effect on the hair – but not all ombre hair is balayage. For me, “ombre,” leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Search Google Images for, “Ombre hair,” and you’ll see what I mean. Severe, harsh transitions. Lines, even. I want nothing about my hair to be harsh, and I grew out a misguided hair choice once before and dealt with awkward lines. Never, ever again. Balayage is french for, “sweeping,” and damn it, that’s what I want. Lines of demarcation are the enemy.

Decisions, Decisions

Armed with those three photos my colorist and I made some decisions together. Notice how I said together? It should be a joint effort. Most of these decisions took place during my consultation. But if you and your colorist don’t agree on the course of action – say, you want X and she thinks you ought to do Y? You’re going to have a bad time. As a client, you should have realistic expectations and asks for your colorist. She or he may well seem like a wizard, but it isn’t magic.

Based on those photos, my expression of my #hairgoals, my habits, and prior aversion to color we decided:

  • As far as color goes, the third option made the most sense to emulate. After all, it’s easier to make more changes down the road than to go, “Shit, I don’t like this as much as I thought I was going to!”
  • Overall placement somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd photo.
  • To place more product at the ends to concentrate a little more blonde color there (like the 2nd photo).
  • …But to overall play it a little safe.

It can be a little intimidating to be in the chair, but when you’re spending money on these services, it’s worthwhile to be 100% sure you’re on the same page. If your stylist or colorist is worth a damn, she or he WANTS to produce results you’re happy with. If the salon you’re working with is not eager to work to that goal, find another salon. Seriously.

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Sephora Play September 2016

Sephora Play September 2016Living Proof Night Cap / Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick / Anastasia Clear Brow Gel /
Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Verte / KvD Tattoo LinerDr Jart+ Water Drop

I was pretty excited to try this box, so I prioritized using the items sooner rather than later.

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How I Prepared for my Balayage Appointment

Balayage Prepvia Hair World Mag

I wrote, a while back, about considering getting Balayage highlights.

After a long time, a lot of consideration, and a consultation at which I asked my poor colorist half a million questions, I decided to take the plunge. I booked for Tuesday, September 20.

Here’s how I prepared for my balayage appointment.

What I Asked

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Suave Refresh and Revive Voxbox

Suave Refresh and Revive

Suave Refresh and Revive
First things first – I received Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo courtesy of Influenster. I don’t get compensation for writing this post. Anyone can join and qualify for Voxboxes – you receive free product provided you agree to review it.

Suave Refresh and Revive isn’t new to me. I’ve used it before in my quest for a holy grail dry shampoo, but it has been repackaged since I used it last. Honestly, I’m disappointed that I received it instead of one of the other Unilever dry shampoo offerings. My preference would be to try something new to me, but that’s just how things shook out.

Suave Refresh and Revice

Application

The amount of product dispensed when the button atop Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo is pressed was not up-to-par. It under-performed in comparison with Psssst!, even less so compared to Batiste, and the least compared to KMS Hair Play. Due to this, application took longer than application of the other products did.

Fragrance

Fresh? No. Sweet. Why is everything so sweet?! Although it does certainly help mask any odors your hair may have picked up, this particular dry shampoo is VERY sweet, and VERY strong! The fragrance is not what I would describe as a fresh scent. Did not care for how it smelled, all in all.

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August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 Favorites
Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive, $4 / Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies, $15 /
Batiste Tropical, $7 / Tree Hut Scrub, $17 for 3 / Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $10

It’s been more about health, hair, and skin this month! Check out my thoughts on my August 2016 Favorites after the jump!

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