For those of you who like me, were wondering what the word Balayage means, well, let me give you the direct translation. It means “to sweep” in French. To balayage means to use a brush and paint the hair in sweeping motions. And that was what my dearest, lovely (did I tell you I’m in love with my hairstylist?) hairstylist did on my hair.
I’m a little bit late into this game. It’s been around for YEARS! Yes, years! And was huge…I think 3 years ago and counting. There are a few reasons why I waited this long to do something different to my hair. First, money – yes it’s NOT cheap to get balayage done to your hair. Secondly – time – time to get into a salon and get it done and time to actually sit there in the salon to have it done. Finally, I’m a chicken sh*t. There, I’ve said it. I had to wait about 2 months to decide if I wanted it done. I wasn’t sure if it would suit me or what the colours would turn out to be. I didn’t want to come out looking like a skunk, stripey tiger or worse still destroying my hair.
Then came the cut. Having finally grown bored of growing out my hair, I decided to go for it and have it cut into the much coveted (by me), long bob. A bob that is slightly longer than the normal bob with layers in the right places. I think that’s what it means. So, with some sound advice from my dearest hairstylist, Gabby from Oscar Oscar Salons over in Chadstone (no, this is definitely NOT a sponsored post, I paid for it myself), I started scouring the Internet for some hair inspiration. I started pinning (see..I did say pinning literally didn’t I?!) some styles I would consider before I actually take the plunge.
I have always adored Alexa Chung and her hairstyle, so included her in there – love the soft waves and the layers in her hair.
Love Liv Tyler’s cut and colour.
As well as Olivia Palermo’s.
So, having stared at these and a few others on my “Hairstyles I’m Considering” board, I thought – YES, I am going to do it. Life is too short to be boring and safe all the time.
Here’s a BEFORE photo so you know how (sad) I looked before the whole treatment and cut.
And here’s the “alien” undergoing transformation:
And here’s the end result:
It took an overall 3 hours – yes you read it right! 3 HOURS to get that. Thank goodness I’ve got Gabby to entertain me with her stories. Love it when I don’t have to sit there and just read a magazine. That would have bored me to death! This included, balayage, cut, treatment and curling using the straightening iron. The colour is pretty subtle, which was what I was after and is noticeable when light hits it . The length of my hair is now around my shoulders with layers in the right places, giving it more body than my previously flat, longer hairstyle. I’ve already got slightly natural waves, so when it’s not curled, the hair wisps out in the right places. That’s what I call a really good hair cut. I have to say I am more than pleased with the result. In fact I am THRILLED!! And the good news is, I can still tie up my hair in different styles – as you can see from my Instagram with this week’s Fox in Flats ”Braid Dare“.
Have you ever tried balayage? If so, what has been your experience with it?