Posts Tagged 'balayage'

Hair Crush.

Oh, Olivia Palermo. While you may be known for your snitchy-bitchiness and constant name dropping to buffer your seemingly poor efforts in your amazing job, I love you for your style. I couldn’t give a rats if you hate WhitWhit and lunch with Marc Jacobs like, totally daily.

What I do care about is this amazing show of hair WIN. I love it, like most of the stuff she wears, styles, or does with her hair.

It we weren’t just about to head into what I hope is a scorching summer, I’d be racing off to the hairdresser faster than you (or Olivia) can say “I’m besties with Zac Posen.” Lucky for Liv, a freezing NY Winter is rapidly approaching so this darker shade suits the occassion wonderfully. She’s gone shorter, and exchanged her usually blonder locks for a glossy chesnut brunette with what appears to be lighter flicks of balayge at her perfectly curled ends. Sigh. Adore.

Please give me your hair. And glowing skin. And wardrobe. Ta.

I found this picture (and others if you’d like to see the rest of her super cute outfit and pink heels!) on a fashion blog called The Vogue Diaries, so there’s my picture source.

If I’m still keen for a short look come next Winter, I’m definitely trying this out. While I’m normally scared a dark brown will wash me out (it has done in the past), Liv has re-inspired me.

Now just to fly to New York and find her colourist…












Vanity Shots: Smudging

Yep, here they are -the shameless (well a little) vanity shots! Some people did ask to see, and in the duty of beauty I need to show you my better-than-expected results from smudging, done last week. After the look of balayage, I was told smudging is how I would achieve it, and yep, I’m happy!

It’s quite a gradual and natural look, which is best for my first time because really, I’m an au natural gal at heart and anything too drastically dark and then light might freak me out! I think next time I might get some of the bottom lightened, just random pieces though to keep with the grown-out, faded and sun-kissed-ends theme!

It was hard to get a pic that showed what it actually looks like, because it can look drastically different in different types of light… so here are 3 pics that give you a general idea… I’m still a bit yeahh.. but nah! when I see the pictures, which again has something to do with using an iPhone methinks! Note to self: get your regular camera fixed! Or buy a new one! Seriously!

So, does seeing this help you understand more? Has it convinced you to try something similar?
Enough that you will forgive the vanity shots?
Remember – you might have to say smudging, not balayage!

Trying to find good light... in my little sister's bedroom - hence the Twilight posters on the walls..

Oh my gosh! How did one of my recent beach holiday happy snaps get in here?!

The Other Balayage

Ladies! Big news! I have finally after several months of wishing and asking, been granted permission into the land of Fabulous Hair, currently residing at Balayage.

I admit, I didn’t try my best to get there, like venturing out of a 20 km radius to find a salon who really knew what they were on about or flying in Rachel Bilson’s hair dresser, but it was still a very frustrating process to ask three hairdressers to bestow balayage upon me.

It went a little something like this…

“Well you know… I’d like you to do balayage to my hair, when you paint lighter dye on the lower lengths of my hair so I look all sun kissed and naturally grown out. Yeah? Nah?”

Blank stare from hairdresser followed by “Umm, kind of. We could just do your foils, and then a semi around the roots?”

“Um, no. It’s like a gradual faded look …. ”

(Resembles disgruntled ape jumping on chair while pointing to computer screen showing picture of some Young Hot Thing with her way-cool hair and then frantically pointing at my head – grunts included.)

And finally settling for what I did not want.

So I decided to try another salon, Shizu, an Aveda salon, which was offering a new client deal of:

-Hair colour
-Aveda hair treatment
-Eyebrow wax

for NINETY-NINE DOLLARS. Win. Even if I couldn’t get the look I desired, at least the roots would be done with a few pretty extras for less than half of what I was paying before.

And ladies! Even bigger news! You hairdresser may just be confused by the term balayage, not the final look you’re after! I’ve totally had my eyes opened and my hair cuticles awakened to a technique I hadn’t heard of – smudging.

After going through the same consultation process as the past, explaining with aforementioned dialogue and pretty pictures, my hairdresser look confused until it clicked.

“Babe, you mean smudging, not balayage – balayage is when you… ” and she explained for some reason which I can’t explain to justice because all synapses were firing and alert once she mentioned this smudging. Smudging?! A few flicks through Vogue and we were both on the same page and I was delighted to feel understood. It’s all a girl wants right?!

Smudging, she explained, is when you apply a darker coloured semi (just one block colour) to the top half of the hair, and then ‘smudge’ it down the hair shaft to get an uneven, faded edge.

It has the same effect as balayge, just an almost opposite technique. One that works well for girls like moi who have a previous history of blonde foils, as the blonde can be kept as the lower half of the colour.

Something I had always wondered was, would they die my hair darker all over and then paint on the lighter strands down below? Well that seems like a bit of redundant effort now that I know about this glorious smudging! Just saying it makes me smile!

After the darker die was left to sit (while I drank some herbal Aveda tea), the hairdresser then rubbed and dragged the colour down a bit, finally applying toner to the ends to clean up my old blonde – all while an assistant gave me a hand massage (right up to the elbows, that’s the ticket!) with some heavenly smelling Aveda cream.

See the darker dye on top of my head?

It was then off to the basin to rinse the colour out, and have my treatment applied. A piping hot towel was left over my locks to intensify the effects and also my relaxation, before a beautiful head massage sealed the experience.

I love it! It’s exactly the look I was after, nothing too drastic and contrasting, more natural than high fashion. I wouldn’t mind the ends being a shade lighter, but for my first dip in the balayage/smudging pool it’s perfect.

I can’t wait for the lower maintenance and more importantly for me, lower cost – yippee!

A picture of the look to accompany the post would be logical, but is unfortunately currently unavailable due to a serious and debilitating condition I have, “Photo-distort-itus”, where the image presented in my reflection is sadly altered for the worse once photographed. iPhone’s do seem to agitate it. Currently campaigning for a cure. Holla at me if you also suffer.

So, to avoid becoming the angry bouncing ape I once was, have the term ‘smudging’ up your sleeve as well – it’s one more word of vocab you can learn when attempting to speak your non-native language – Hairdresser-ese.Te

DIY Balayage

Oh how I love a head of balayaged locks. It is a look I am dying to emulate for myself, but in my last salon visits I’ve been told blah blah blah hairdresser reasons why I couldn’t, (I’m guessing they actually don’t know how to do it properly) and I haven’t had the money to visit a top salon who knows their (balayage) shit. Sigh.

My friend Erin wanted to update her look, which she found out a few months ago was accidentally already super on-trend as she had let her hair grow out but all of a sudden it was balayage – sweet! However it had started to darken and move more away from the balayage look to just looking a little unkept.

So that’s where I step in. Being the super experienced/qualified, talented, award-winning (didn’t you see the coverage in Bazaar?) hairdresser that I am, I took control and said “Dahhhhhling, I know exactly what to do with these locks. You’re going to look fahhhhbulous!”

So we grabbed a box of Garnier dye from the chemist (supplier) across the road and ran back to the salon (our couch) to begin the process (using an old blush brush). My client got the best treatment, live screening of the MTV Movie Awards kept her occupied. (and me!)

The expert at work..

I confess. I’m no where near a hairdresser, and I applaud Erin’s blind faith in letting me attempt this! I used the little knowledge I had from reading about balayage in the past, and then made up the rest. I’m sure bits of dye bled onto bits of hair that weren’t meant to be died, but hey – it’s looks amazing, as you can see:

That'll be $400 dollars please!

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