How to Freshen Up Your Look with Balayage

Spring is here, and with it, the sense of renewal. Everywhere you look, flowers are blooming, birds are building nests, and trees are budding with new green leaves. It is a time of rebirth and fresh starts.

We don’t just see this happening in nature. We all want to feel fresh and new, too. After all, we’ve been cooped up in the house all winter, and now that we’re free again, our look should reflect that.

If you’re interested in making a change without doing anything too dramatic, consider a balayage treatment for your hair. It might be just the thing you’re looking for.

What is it?

Balayage (pronounced bal – ee- aj) is a new hair dying technique in which your hair is hand-painted by a stylist or technician. They work on the surface instead of applying at the roots like more traditional techniques. This gives a natural look. Think of it as mimicking the look your hair gets after frequent sun exposure without having to incur all the damage to your hair and skin. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Who Should Get it?

Balayage is new and trendy. If you’re looking to copy the styles of Hollywood celebrities, this may be the style for you. Kelly Osbourne, for example, has one bright tone at her roots and another further down her hair. The two colors appear to transition naturally because of the expert application by her stylist, even though the colors are white and purple!

You needn’t make such a drastic change in order to enjoy the fresh look that balayage can bring. It can be done on any color – blonde, brown, red, or black – in order to give your color more dimension. Click here for more information about natural hair color. Which color is your hair?

While balayage is on the cutting-edge (pardon the pun) of style, it isn’t only for the young. Because it is less harsh than other techniques and isn’t applied directly at the root, it can be more appealing to people in their thirties and older. That’s because as we age, our hair becomes more fragile and more prone to breakage.

Dying at the roots can wreak havoc on older hair, leaving you with unwanted baby strands that tell on you – This person isn’t a natural blonde! By painting directly on the ends of your hair, you protect the base of your hair and scalp from damage. If you’ve ever come home from the salon with bleach damage on your skin, you’ll instantly see the appeal.

Balayage is also ideal for people who have a hard time maintaining strict consistency with their hair dye ritual. If you’re the kind of person who can’t seem to make it to the salon on schedule, no worries! No tell-tale roots to let everyone know that you just didn’t have the time last week. Your style, instead, looks effortless for weeks on end. 

If you’re really looking to change your look up, why not try a bold color? A bright pink, blue, or green makes a statement without a full commitment. It can also be a way to try out a color to see if you might like to take it all-over. Check out this article: for an expert opinion on why we love bold colors!

The Timing is Right

Now is the perfect time to give your new look a try. 

Perhaps you want to pop in your graduation cap and gown. Or maybe you’re looking to stand out when you hit the prom floor. Appointments fill up fast for these special events, so make sure to plan in advance, if possible. 

Of course, your hair will look appropriate and lovely for any occasion. Consider it if you have a summer wedding to attend. The look is subtle enough for a member of the bridal party to feel her best but not outshine the bride. Even the bride herself would look lovely with a fresh new summer look.

But you don’t need an excuse. Any time is the right time to change up your style. Let your feelings guide you!

The Right Spot

Have you ever applied a box dye and found the results were less than stellar? People looking to take their dark hair to a lighter color often find that the job they do at home doesn’t live up to their expectations. 

Because the dye is painted on your hair in balayage, it is even more difficult to get it right on your own. If you want to try this new technique, it is recommended that you seek out a licensed salon with certified stylists. This is the best way to ensure that you get the look you envision without any disappointments

Take your time in choosing a stylist. There’s no need to rush. Do your research first to try your best to find the right technician for the job.

One good resource is through social media. Check popular hashtags and be sure to include your area. Many stylists are now taking advantage of social media by using it to show their stuff. Once you know what you want done, seek out a stylist who has successfully completed a similar look.

Another way to research is to ask around. Ask your friends, family members, or classmates who have good hair color where they got theirs done. The best way to show a stylist that you appreciate their work is to pass their name on to potential new clients. 

If you’re the first in your area to want to try something new, don’t be afraid to look at online reviews. They can be very helpful in making your final decision.

Why Now?

The real question is, why wait? A great new hairstyle doesn’t only affect your outsides. It can make you feel more confident on the inside, too. There’s no reason not to look and feel your best. Give it a try and see what opportunities open up to the brand new you!

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