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HOW TO GET PERFECT BALAYAGE HAIR
So you want balayage hair? I did too, well…technically I’ve had it for awhile, but I wanted a lightened, blonder version. Plus, mine hadn’t been done in forever and was in desperate need of an update! I collaborated with a local hairdresser, Sydney Raab who is a wizard with blonde and balayage. She gave me a fresh, new color and I was so impressed by her meticulous care with blending and detail that I decided to interview her in a post about achieving the perfect blonde balayage highlights.
(P.S. She is giving away a FREE HAIR COLOR below for one lucky Utah local).
INTERVIEW WITH HAIRDRESSER SYDNEY RAAB
Balayage Specialist at Intrepid Studio Salon
456 E State Rd Suite 700, American Fork, UT, 84003
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TIPS FOR GETTING THE PERFECT BLONDE TONE & BALAYAGE HAIR COLOR
Q1: What do you wish clients knew/understood about going lighter?
The number one thing I wish clients understood about going lighter is that if you have dark brown hair and you want icy platinum blonde hair, it is not, I repeat, NOT going to happen in one day. (Unless you want your hair to be extremely damaged, dry, breaking, or literally melting off of your head…yes that does happen!) If you want your hair to stay healthy and long, you need to take it in baby steps; which is usually only 1-3 levels at a time. Do not expect your stylist to be able to take ANY of your dark brown hair to platinum blonde in one session. We are beauticians, not magicians. Our brushes are not wands.
Also, going lighter is NOT cheap. Don’t expect it to be cheap and don’t ask it to be cheap. Product, supplies, equipment, booth rent and education are all expensive. When a stylist is great at what they do, they are going to charge what they are worth. Great hair is a luxury, not a necessity. You get what you pay for. Great hair isn’t always cheap and cheap hair isn’t always great.
Lightening your hair is often a lifestyle change. Expect your hairdresser to give you many recommendations of how to maintain your color and new habits to start.
Q2: There are obviously different blonde tones/shades. Can you give a short description of each and are there certain shades that go better with specific skin tones?
There are many shades of blonde that go by different names that describe their color well. These are the most common.
-From lightest to darkest-
- Icy Blonde: lightest, icy, white (think Elsa from Frozen).
- Pearl Blonde: a light blonde, an off white pearly color.
- Beige Blonde: a little darker than pearl with slight warmth, but still very ashy.
- Sandy Blonde: medium blonde, very ashy (looks like sand).
- Honey Blonde: also a medium blonde, but is more warm (like honey).
- Golden Blonde: one of the darkest blondes, very warm (brings out the yellow and orange tones).
Cool tones go well with those who have a blue skin undertone. Warm tones go well with those who have a green skin undertone.
- You can tell what your undertone is by looking at your veins on the inside of your wrist. If they are more blue, you are blue; if they are more greenish-yellow, you are green.
Q3: What is helpful for hairdressers when clients are trying to communicate the color they are going for? Also, what information should you pass along to your hairdresser if it is your first time going to them?
Pictures from Pinterest or other social media sites help a ton when trying to explain the color, style, cut, etc. that you are hoping to achieve.
You need to tell them your hair coloring history for at least the last year, but preferably as long as you can remember (whatever color is still on your hair/everything underneath top color). They need to know if it was a professional color or box dye, and how long ago it was done. Hairdressers also like to know what you have liked, what you haven’t liked, and anything else about your hair you believe could be of use. Be as honest as possible.
Q4: What are important factors in determining whether or not a person’s hair will lighten easily?
Important factors include:
- Hair texture: which is the size of the individual strands of hair (fine, medium, or course).
- Hair type: which is the shape or natural form your hair makes (straight, wavy, curly, or extra curly).
- Ethnicity: different ethnic backgrounds can determine how hair will lighten.
- Hair coloring history: is a factor into how it will lighten.
Q5: What is the best way to make a lighter hair color look more natural vs extremely harsh?
The best way to make a light color look more natural is to ask your stylist for a smudged root (very trendy right now). This allows 1-3 inches, depending on your preference, of a natural grown out look to break up the intensity of the blonde. You could also add in a few natural lowlights for dimension and contrast to break up the blonde.
Having a smudged root or balayage is much less maintenance than an all over color because you don’t have to come back to get your roots touched up when they grow out and can go much longer between appointments.
Q6: What are your best tips for in between visits and balayage/blonde upkeep?
Taking care of your hair is key. Doing deep conditions weekly will help add moisture back into your hair that was stripped during the lightening process. Use professional color protect shampoo and conditioner, along with a blue or purple shampoo to keep out unwanted tones. Always use a heat protect product when using heat on your hair. Come in for a trim every six weeks. You could also revisit your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks for a quick tone touch up.
My 2 Personal Tips for Getting the Balayage You Want as a Client
I’ve had a few different hairdressers (over my years of moving around) do their versions of balayage/melts/ombre on me. Here is what I have learned to specify.
- How blended I want the color to be. #1 From the top of my head to the bottom; where I want the light to start blending into the dark and how much of a difference between the top roots to the bottom. #2 How the individual strands blend together. I didn’t want there to be a stark contrast between strands at the bottom of my hair where the light would be this time (ie. dark brown strands mixed with blonde strands). I asked Sydney to blend the bottom well so that the alternating strands were beige mixed with lighter blonde, and she did this perfectly. If you want more of a dark to light contrast, make sure and specify that too!
- How warm I want the color/tones. My hair tends to pull a lot of red from the get go. I actually used to grow some random carrot top, red hairs as a child. I typically stress that I like to go more on the ashy side, because I think it goes better with my undertones. Ashy isn’t always the best though. Pick what goes best with your skin color and undertones. Caramel and honey hair are gorgeous warm colors that look beautiful in a balayage too!
*Please note: There are a few grammatical changes, condensing and question combining from the original interview text. All of Sydney’s opinions, advice and thoughts are hers alone. Neither Sydney, or I/this blog, are responsible for results or any outcome that may result from your experience with a hairdresser.
I hope these tips are helpful for you if you are considering getting a balayage with blonde tones/highlights. Don’t forget to check out this awesome giveaway below! Sydney is actually giving away a FREE HAIR COLOR to one lucky Utah local. There are also a bunch of other Utah based companies and bloggers involved in the giveaway, so make sure to check it out!
– Giveaway brought to you by these wonderful Utah bloggers & businesses –
LIST OF PRIZES
[Update]: 3 winners, see details on how prizes are separated/grouped
$100 Amazon Gift Card
Free Hair Color at Styled by Sydney ($250 Value)
$100 Gift Card to Hailee Day to use toward Microblading or Eyelash Extensions
Mommi Health Prenatal Protein Shake & Shaker (Choice of Vanilla or Chocolate – $57 Value)
$50 Gift Card to Zyia4All Activewear by Whitney Odom
$50 Gift Card/Shop Credit to Wight Gold (Online Boutique)
This giveaway is open to residents of UTAH ONLY. Enter by performing the actions below in the Rafflecopter and then marking that you have done them for us to verify. Each entry has a link so it makes it easy to do the actions, make sure and perform the actions. We do check!
Giveaway runs from July 17 – July 31, 2017 (concludes at 12:00 AM on the last day). Winner will be announced within 10 days of the conclusion of the giveaway and entries will be verified by the hosts. Prizes cannot be traded for cash value or other products/services.
Three winners will be chosen.
Prize #1: Amazon Gift Card
Prize #2: Hair Color by Sydney, Wight Gold Gift Card
Prize #3: Hailee Day Gift Card, Mommi Health Prize, Zyia4All Gift Card
HOW TO ENTER
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