Back to Top

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Hair (Part 3 of 3) - The Color: Balayage


After cutting my hair into a long bob (Part 1) and perming it to add texture and volume (Part 2), I finally achieved my ideal summer hair by getting a balayage. Endless thanks to Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa (in Seattle) for generously treating me to an appointment with the amazing balayage-queen, Allison Heuer!


Here are 3 basics that convinced me to go for a balayage:

1. Balayage vs. Ombre: Ombre is when the roots are darker and fades into a lighter color at the strands. Balayage is a French technique that sweeps the highlights towards the face for a sun-kissed look. (The balayage technique could be used for an ombre to soften the blending.)

2. Natural: Sombre (subtle ombre) is the new ombre! Foiled highlights can look too uniform and thus a bit unnatural. A balayage is up to the artistic strokes of the colorist, and blends more subtly into the hair.

3. Low-Maintenance: Because the color doesn't get too close to the roots, the roots aren't as obvious when they grow out. This means less frequent touch ups!

Since my hair is doubly chemically treated, I am gung-ho about keeping my locks healthy. I wash my hair every other day or less and use dry shampoo (Alterna). Use color-safe shampoo (Bumble and bumble) and conditioner (DevaCurl) to keep hair from turning brassy, and a moisture mask once a week (Gloss Moderne). For daily shine, I apply hair oil (Josie Maran) and oil treatment mist (Wen).

If you have any more questions about balayage, ask in the comments below and I'll respond!

Shop hair products from this post:

38 comments:

  1. I am in love with your hair, it looks gorgeous!

    www.lilyroselo.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  2. love curly hair! pretty!

    http://adhiwahyudi.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I always wanted to cut my hair and perm it a little, you have my dream hair! Beautiful :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your hair looks amazing, I love the subtle highlighting !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your hair is gorgeous! Love the colour!! X

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love the way you did your hair hun. So glad I clicked on your comment on KARLA'S CLOSET's blog and got led back here to yours. It's seriously full of GREAT info and juicy pics here! Just followed you on GFC and bloglovin', be sure to see more of you soon. By the way, please do check out and comment on my newest and MOST provocative summer outfit to date! I guarantee! Featuring HERMES wrist bandanas, plus Chanel SS14 pearl gloves, SOPHIA WEBSTER clutch, and ALEXANDER WANG runway mid-heels, if you're into that sort of 'thang'. Hope you enjoy the humorous writing too! #PROVOKED

    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2014/08/hawt-diggity.html

    ReplyDelete
  7. This style is so pretty and the balayage came out great!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    ReplyDelete
  8. Very pretty subtle colors. Really gives your hair dimensions. Love the curls too

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. So pretty! My hair is a combination of both - ombre and balayage. I'm totally obsessed!!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ah I'm dying to bayalage my hair (but I'm totally scared because I've never colored it and I don't want to have someone do it poorly and hate it) - and also a digital perm seems SO appealing, my hair is already naturally kind of wavy but a little more wave would make it so much more low maintenance. I'm having hair envy over here!! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have a gorgeous natural color! I rarely color my hair because of the same fears too, but I feel like a balayage is "safer" in the sense that it looks more natural, thus maybe less chances of me turning out with zebra highlights? ;) And I totally am an advocate for digital perms! I'm so lazy and unskilled with hair, and a perm has given me way more volume and texture than I could ever create on my own.

      Delete
  11. So perfect!! Our textures are similar, but mine is just boring black. I need to start experimenting with color. Love your look, Carolyn! Gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I didn't even know this technical term existed, but I really like the sombre effect that you have going on here. I'm also scared of foil highlights because I've seen too many Asian girls with thick "skunk" highlights!

    Another Beautiful Thing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha It sure seems like there are terms for everything nowadays! Apparently an ombre + balayage combo is a bombre. ;)

      Delete
  13. I want to do this so badly to my hair. It is so hard to find something to do to your hair when it is dark! Love how yours turned out!

    xo,
    Amy
    STYLEchocolatechip.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. We've never heard of this style before but looks so amazing on you. We love everything you do with your hair though so it's not saying much lol.

    xx 365hangers

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! Love your blog! I'd love to stay in touch via Google Friend Connect :)
    Legally Brunette

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love this highlighting technique right now. Your hair looks gorgeous x
    eleanor's adventures in wonderland

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gorgeous hair! I wish I could have my hair like that as well
    Hair routine pls?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! :) I'll write up a post about my hair routine soon!

      Delete
  18. Amazing post! And I love your blog:)
    I am now following you on Bloglovin, follow me back?

    bloglovin.com/blog/3880191
    theprintedsea.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is the exact haircut and dye that I'm getting next week, except maybe a little more blonde for me. I love this cut on you!

    Cassandra Monroe | a lifestyle blog
    www.cassandramonroe.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Long bob cut and the colour looks really nice on you. Great tips.

    Thank you for the visit :).

    Anne
    http://www.liebeladies.com/

    ReplyDelete
  21. OMG love it! I have a hair appointment to get this done actually. So excited! Thanks for the 101 in difference between balayge and ombre. But often times I think they use balayge as a technique to achieve ombre as well!

    Lets keep in touch and follow each other on bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,
    Marie from www.ElleCharie.com

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love it!:D Your hair still looks so healthy & fresh and your post is straightforward and on-point!:)
    It really looks gorgeous and makes me want to get my hair done that way as well.

    ♥ Charms | My ∞ Fashion Confession

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love that Dolce Vita dress you have on xx

    reallyliteral.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. That looks great! I cut my hair short recently too and have been wondering if curling it would be a good idea -- looks like that it will be. :)

    Vessi :: arts & petite style blog

    ReplyDelete
  25. Yo're hair is gorgeous! lovely colour and style :)

    Just come across your blog and love it, will be following
    x
    Written with style
    Follow me on Bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  26. im digging the color and style!!!! easy messy summer waves!!

    Animated Confessions

    ReplyDelete
  27. balayage is new to me. i am totally gonna try this next time so i don't have to keep touching up my roots!

    http://www.lecitygypsy.com/

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great post! This is so helpful Carolyn. I've always thought it would be cool to ombre my hair but I keep chickening out. This seems like a great alternative and looks so pretty too!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Beautiful hair, and this style fits you perfectly. And those curls, oh, just the perfect shape!

    Victoria, 'The Wind of Inspiration' blog

    ReplyDelete
  30. Adore Bumble and Bumble products. And the hair!!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for commenting!
Love, Carolyn