I’m going to be totally honest with you guys and share that I do not love getting my hair colored. The ONLY reason being for this is because it is a p-r-o-c-e-s-s. I will say though, while I moan and groan about the 3+ hours I’m in the chair, the end result is one hundred percent worth it.
I introduced you to my incredible colorist, Mal (@hairbymaloriegreene), back in this post and today I’m sharing a little bit more about her process of coloring my hair. Most people are surprised to know that naturally, I’m a very dark brunette. I went blonde my freshman year in high school and haven’t turned back since! I’ve been platinum, ombré – you name it – but in the past year I’ve experimented with balayage, which is a hair painting technique that creates more of a natural-looking, graduated effect. I can’t say enough about how much I prefer balayage to traditional highlights. For one, it allows me to keep some of my natural color in my hair, most prominently at my root. Most importantly though, the lived in look is less than half the maintenance (I probably see Mal every 8 or so weeks).
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One of my most asked questions about my hair is how I keep it so healthy-looking. To be honest, I’m not really sure. Good genes maybe? ? I do try to minimize damage wherever I can. For me, this translates to air drying versus blow drying and investing in quality tools. Mal also mixes Olaplex with my color, which has been a game-changer. Olaplex seeks out broken bonds in the hair caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage and works its magic to fix them. I literally walk out of the salon after multiple rounds of color with my hair feeling healthier than when I walked in (side note, you can pick-up the at-home version of Olaplex here).
In terms of the full process, Mal paints on my color and then wraps each piece in foil since my dark hair is stubborn and doesn’t lift to blonde easily. The heat from the foils help the bleach to process faster. Once everything has lifted, she puts on two glazes to help maintain my root and achieve an ashy white-blonde tone as opposed to a yellow blonde. Although the glaze helps, as my hair oxidizes over time, the brassy tones usually end up forcing their way out. I use Fanola purple shampoo as recommended by Mal to strip all of those brassy, orange and yellow tones out of my hair to restore the blonde and it is a must-have.
Q / What are the benefits of balayage over a traditional highlight?
A / Balayage creates a more natural, lived-in look. It’s low maintenance with an easy grow out and no harsh lines.
Q / About how often should you touch up balayage?
A / Bayalage touch-ups can vary based on your preferences! Some people come in every 6 weeks, while others wait 6 months.