Not going to drown you guys with the technical terms today…but thought I'd share a slightly more in-depth approach to talk about the hair. Lets make this clear first though, I have never had good hair and it runs in the family. So I'm not going to make my photos look deceiving…Anyway! A couple of weeks ago at Salon Vim, Gary and Ivan introduced one of the most popular french coloring technique for my highlights and I can honestly honestly say this has been my favourite so far since I plunged into having coloured hair. Balayage is a hair colouring technique designed to create very natural-looking highlights which grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Its been extremely popular with the likes of celebrities and models like Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Erin Wasson and Gisele Bunchen.
'Balayage' is French for "to sweep"- The colour is applied by hand in a sweeping motion which moves from the base to the tip of the hair. This is different from traditional foiling or other highlighting techniques. Colour is applied very lightly as the base of the hair rather than at the tip where the colour is a lot heavier. The great thing is that this technique looks great on anyone from short cropped pixie hair to long wavy locks like Rapunzel. The natural highlights allow anyone to go from soft, dreamy look to something strong and punky. A plus point is how low maintenence it is, realistically, how much time do we really have to spend sitting in the salon all day? As the hair grows out, the root will be concealed for the first few months by the thinner colour applied to the base of the hair.
Balayage will definitely dry out your hair so its always good to use salon professional hair products as well as have regular treatments (in my case I did a Loreal hair filling serum which reconstructs hair cortex and a power repair B which repairs and strengthens hair cuticles). How dry and frizzy does my hair look here? I bleached and permed by hair a couple of months ago so this really is no surprise. Don't know how magic happens but after applying some Loreal serum for my curls and when I'm all changed and ready to go….. It becomes perfectly fine again!
Huge difference from the above right? I'm not the sort who blow-dry my hair so I usually sleep it in and when I wake up, it usually is my perfect kind of do. Gary recommends that Balayage looks best finished on loose curls or beachy waves where you can see the colour variations ribbon through the hair just like in the photo above.
You can see how the highlights are reflected by the sun in this photo. Another plus point is the highlights are folded in the hair and on the base, that when the light is reflected on your hair, your face naturally looks longer and slimmer. This I have definitely noticed, I don't photoshop my face in 98% of the pictures on my blog but on occasions where I have a photo that shows off a bad angle, I do a teeny bit of liquifying but ever since I did the Balayage….aha! I have kissed the liquify tool goodbye. So in conclusion, of course I'd recommend Balayage for everyone! It has been the best thing that has happened to me hair-wise and I am so grateful. With the Lunar new year approaching, many salons are going through a mad rush of customers and likewise for Salon Vim of course but the best part is there isn't a price increment! All stylists will be working everyday from now till the 21st before the salon is closed fo the new year break. So…call 68847757 make your appointments now! The stylists will be more than pleased to be able answer any enquires you might have on Balayage. Its perfect for the celebrations and what better timing? Book your appointments with Ivan now! Mention the blog and you get a 10% off! Salon Vim is located at 13 Somerset #04-07/08/09.