maintenance & COLOR + more
What is a balayage?
Balayage means "to sweep" in French; and is technically a hairstylist painting color onto your hair in a natural way that highlights certain areas. I like that the grow out for a balayage looks natural & not harsh; the way your hairdresser is “painting” your hair is designed to help the grow out look really natural.
WHat is your favorite shampoo & conditioner?
For daily use I love Redken Extreme shampoo & conditioner / Moroccan Oil conditioner. I love how they strengthen my hair and kelp keep it soft & healthy. I also use Redken Blonde Idol to banish brassy tones; but when I am using purple shampoo I always add it to my shampoo and mix them together. I rarely will just use purple shampoo alone, because it tends to make my hair loose its shine &n can make it look purple.
How often do you use purple shampoo?
I like to use purple shampoo every other wash. I mix it with my shampoo and lather it together. Make sure you supplement it with a great conditioner or leave-in conditioner since it can tend to dry your hair out. I would first test it in your hair for 30 seconds - almost just a rinse, before letting it sit in your hair too long. It would depend on how porous your hair was, but sometimes it can make your hair ashy or loose the shine.
WHAT DO YOU ASK FOR WHEN YOU GET A haircut?
I ask my hairstylist for a clean blunt cut all the way around - almost like a long bob, to my collarbone. She then goes through & adds smooth, subtle layers for a little bit of texture when I curl it. The front “layers” are mainly just from breakage because I wear my hair half up so much, but I ask her to clean them up and smooth them out. I do not have an inverted bob or any hair in front that is longer than in the back.
what is your natural hair color?
My natural hair color is a dirty blonde; if you see my roots that is my exact color. My hairstylist does not need to dye the base color of my hair, she just uses color on top of my natural base.
How often do you get your hair colored?
I get my hair colored about every 3 to 4 months, which is a little longer than most people would probably wait. Since I have "dirty blonde" hair I don't mind a little grow out and find that it does not bother me when I see a little grow out between appointments. This saves me a little money because I am not getting touchups & color every month or two. I also think a balayage grows out a little softer than foil which can tend to create a more solid line of grow out.
How do you get loose waves instead of tight curls with short hair?
For my everyday subtle curl look, I use a straightener to create soft waves! I like to brush them out, and add some texture spray & hairspray for volume/texture. You can also use a 1” barrel and just lightly pull the hot barrel through your hair. Let it cool, brush thru to separate curls, and add texture spray to keep pieces separated and give it more life.