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Last year, the blonde balayage and grey hair were the hottest trends, and even in 2021, their game is still strong. Many women are going after this international trend, dreaming about their ashy blonde tones or the opposite, a warm honey blonde.
But what is ‘‘balayage”? According to an article written by Madison Reed: ”Balayage is the technique of free-hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a soft and natural gradation of lightness towards the ends. The result is the look of summers spent at the beach, or the fresh, unintentionally perfect highlights on a child. This natural-looking highlighting technique is not just for blondes but is actually used on all shades of hair to add soft, sunkissed dimension.”
The technique is pretty convenient, as you can keep the colour of your natural root if you want.
Meanwhile, other women are still loyal to their pastel hair colour or red hair.
And here are some facts that you should consider when you decide to go after a radical hair transformation, that requires bleaching:
1. Your hair will never have the same texture or structure after bleaching! The more radical is the transformation from your natural colour to the one desired, the higher chances are to require bleaching. If you have already bleached hair, but you want something else, chances are high as well to have to bleach again, depending on the hair transformation.
That’s right, no matter if you want to be blonde, redhead or have a pastel colour, all these categories most likely require bleaching, especially if you want a more intense or lighter shade. And not only once, but repeatedly for months even, of course, with time breaks in between. If you have very dark hair and you want a grey shade, the process of going to the salon can last even for months or years until you get it.
Bleaching is essentially a damaging process, that has consequences drying the hair and making it fragile, and sometimes no matter how many treatments, serums or special shampoos you use, the damage is too much to be fixed, but only kept under control. Or, of course, we always have the solution that everyone fears: the scissor.
2. Don’t do it at home, unless you are a hairdresser yourself! These complex transformations have to be done at the salon, by a professional, not by you watching a Youtube tutorial! Some people want to do it at home because they think it is cheaper, but most of the times it is even more expensive because you will end up going to the salon anyway to fix what you have ruined. Moreover, the difficult truth is that…If you do not have the financial resources to do the transformation at the salon, you shouldn’t do it at all, the fact that leads to the third point.
3.Make sure you have the financial resources for these hair changes! The process itself at the salon can be more expensive, especially if it is a long journey to obtain the colour desired, but so is the aftercare. After bleaching your hair numerous times, professional products to use at home are a must, as the needs of your hair have changed as well. Also, for red hair, blonde, grey or pastel colours, going regularly to the salon for maintenance is a must, to keep the colour vibrant, as they fade away pretty quickly. So, before signing up for this, make sure that you have the necessary income! Instead of doing at home cheaper with drugstore products, don’t do it at all and just roll with your natural colour, or something easy-maintenance at least.
4. Whoever says it is an easy process, is lying to you. Of course, if you are naturally light blonde and you want to go grey, or you are ginger but you want to go for an intense or darker red, the change won’t take as long as for a brunette who wants to go blonde or redhead. But most of us are not light blonde or ginger naturally, so whoever says that this can be done ”easy”, ”in no time”, it is not telling you the truth. If you are determined and have the resources, go for it, but it will be a long process, so make sure that you do it the right and choose the safe way for your hair. Do not bleach yourself at home, while watching a tutorial of a woman who is as clueless as you are about what she is doing to her hair!
5. Wait at least 3 months between each salon appointment for bleaching! Your hair needs time to heal after the process! Don’t overdo it! And probably your hairdresser will tell you the same thing.
6. Make sure that this is what you want! It is very easy with all the social media influence to get carried away with the trends, but forget what we actually want. Try to find first what suits yourself, your personality and physical features, but also your lifestyle and financial resources, and if you still reach the conclusion that you want to go after a hair trend, then do it and enjoy the change!
Radical changes can be expensive, high maintenance and a long process. However, with the right hairdresser, financial resources and professional hair products, your hair can still be healthy and happy, even after bleaching!
In the end, haircare is a journey. But to make it beautiful and successful, we have to start with the basics and do our research beforehand! Keep taking care of your hair until next time!
For the love of hair,
Beauty Booker and A.G.
Reed, M. (n.d.). What is Balayage? | The Specifications of Balayage Hair. [online] www.madison-reed.com. Available at: https://www.madison-reed.com/balayage [Accessed 23 Mar. 2021].