Last week I took a day off from mommyhood and had a jam-packed a day of beauty. Cut and color, nails and toes. The BEST. I ran into the city to get a haircut, but while I was there, my stylist told me I couldn’t leave without getting highlights. He didn’t have a hard time convincing me; my hair was ombre, but not pretty ombre, just crazy lady ombre. I told him I was pressed for time, but he said it would take 20 minutes. SOLD.
While I waited, we chatted all about Balayage, the way in which he applies highlights. It’s a French word derived from mathematics that means, “sweeping.” Balayage is a freehand technique (like painting), developed in France in the 1970s. In my 10+ years of highlights experience, I’ve found that many stylists can do regular highlights, but only a select few can really master Balayage. Don’t settle, guys. If you’re going to take the time and pay the money for highlights, make sure you do your homework and get the best.
William, my stylist, shed some light on Balayage and why it kicks the foils to the curb. Here’s what he said:
No harsh foils, just soft, cotton strips. The highlights grow out more naturally, hence, more time in between salon trips. They also grow out without any unnatural looking lines. The colorist can get closer to the roots and the result is a natural, sunkissed look. Healthy, low-maintenance hair.
What I really loved was what he said at the end, “You come back because you want to, not because you have to.” As a busy mom, I don’t always have the time to keep up with my highlights. Balayage makes it easy for me. End scene.
The finished product. Natural, easy and such dimension!
And guess what? The Beauty File readers get 15% off balayage highlights at my favorite salon! Just ask for William, tell him I sent you.
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