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A New Look for a New Year

Seven months ago, my sister married the love of her life in an intimate, church ceremony. I was so excited when she asked me to be the matron of honor at her wedding. Because I wanted to wear my hair in an elegant French twist at the wedding, I didn’t cut it during the first half of last year. After the wedding, I planned to cut my hair in my usual bob style. However, after receiving many compliments for my longer hair, I decided to let it continue to grow out. I’m not sure what I want to do with my hair for the New Year. However, I know I want to continue experimenting with new, exciting looks. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best hair trends for the upcoming year. Enjoy!

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How To Prepare Your Hair For Balayage Color

Balayage is a coloring technique used in many salons. It is gaining increasing popularity among many women for the end result of the Balayage coloring. The coloring technique gives an effect of a sweeping color from your roots to your hair tips with more color being at the hair tip. If you are considering this type of color for your hair, there are some ways to prepare your hair for the treatment.

Washing Your Hair

One of the key ways to prepare your hair for a Balayage color is to leave it unwashed. Do not wash your hair prior to the color session. Washing your hair reduces the oils in your scalp. You will need the natural oils of your scalp to help protect your scalp during the coloring process. For this reason, you should wait to wash your hair for at least a few days prior to the treatment.

Haircuts

Before you receive your Balayage coloring you may want to consider a quick haircut. This does not have to be a full haircut and style. It can just simply be cutting off any of the split ends or dead ends of your hair. This will help remove any damaged hair prior to the coloring. Also, keep in mind you are putting a heavier amount of color at your tips. If you cut after your Balayage you could lose a large amount of the hair that you have just paid to have colored. Schedule a haircut appointment for the same day of the treatment or for a few days prior to the treatment.

Previous Hair Color

If you have previous hair color in your hair or several layers of previous hair coloring, you may want to consider having your hair stripped a few weeks prior to the biological treatment. The existing colors in your hair can cause the coloring you choose for your Balayage to not adhere properly or to not color properly. For example, certain colors may give you an effect that is lighter or darker than what you want. 

You may also have an issue with colors mixing causing a completely different color than the one you wanted to begin with. For this reason, you should have your hair stripped to its natural color and treated so that it is healthy for the Balayage coloring.

These are just a few of the ways you can prepare your hair for your Balayage coloring treatment. Contact your colorist or cosmetologist to determine if your hair is ready for biological treatment and if there are any other steps they would like you to take before you schedule your Balayage appointment.