I haven’t coloured my hair in years because I really can’t stand the look, nor maintenance involved with regrowth. So I decided to go ‘au natural’ for the past several years…until today that is.
Since I’m pretty picky when it comes to my hair, I often have trouble finding a stylist that I like. That said, I was way overdue for a haircut and after hearing rave reviews from my co-worker, I decided to book an appointment with her stylist, Danielle, at The Hair Lounge in Airdrie, AB.
I knew I wanted a good trim while keeping the length and adding layers, but I still wasn’t sure about the colour. However, our good friend Pinterest really helped me along with that decision once I found this inspiration picture:
However, I was very clear that I did not want to deal with regrowth nor did I want typical highlights.
So…long layers and Balayage it is!
What is Balayage?
Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights where the ultimate goal is a less is more approach to creating soft, natural looks. Also, since Balayage is a freehand technique, no foil is used to create the highlights.
Balayage Vs Ombre.
In ombre, all the hair at the bottom is bleached (if you’re a brunette) and colored into a lighter shade than your roots. While there’s a clear fade line between the two colors in ombre, there is no such thing in balayage. The highlights blend seamlessly into your natural hair color.
What does balayage typically cost?
Because it’s so time-consuming to complete, (I was at the salon from 6:30 to 8:45) balayage tends to be one of the priciest forms of hair coloring. While highlighting may only cost $150, expect to pay about $200 on average, for balayage.
Before / After
Since I mention my ombré nails in the title, I feel it’s only fair to also give a shout out to Orchid Nails and Spa in Sage Hill for my amazing mani/pedi combo.