Balayage Vs. Highlights (whats right for you?)

Balayage has been the latest trend for many years now. Coming in all colors, dimensions, and lengths, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or paint. This technique gives the look of a natural “sun kissed” hair color. This technique was to give more of a look that young children get when spending all summer swimming in the sun. The trend has gone in many directions and been used in more ways. The sweeping technique gives an easier grow out process, by not giving a hard line when the hair grows out. This buys you more time before salon visits (unless you have grey hair and need to go in for touch ups in between).

Highlights have been around forever, They come in different forms, and are usually wrapped in foil. Highlights give you a compact and even color appearance. By wrapping in a foil it makes for an even lift when using lightener. Still able to use highlights in many colors and tones, you will be able to change the look and make it your own. Nowadays stylists are doing what we call a “shadow root”. This gives a darker base color on your highlights about a 1/2 inch to an inch to give your hair a better grow out process and give more of a balayage look all while still giving clients a lighter all over look.

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Basic Highlight

As you can see the color goes all the way up to the base of the hair and is solid the whole way through the hair.

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Shadow Root

As you can see here I took a section at her base and used a darker color allowing her longer time between visits and giving a better grow out process and more of a balayage look than a regular highlight.

Now you know the run down.. So what’s right for you?

You may want a balayage if you:

  • Don’t like to go into the salon as often

  • You like a more “natural” look

  • You only want to see the lightness towards the bottom of your hair

  • Less noticeable regrowth lines

You may want highlights if:

  • You want lightness right at the base of your hair

  • You want all over uniform lightness

Highlight VS Balayage

What will you choose?

3 Holiday hairstyles anyone can do!

The holidays are quickly approaching and I am beyond excited for all the Christmas songs, Hallmark movies, yummy food and gorgeous styles! I wanted to put together a few of my favorite seasonal go-to hair styles I love doing on myself. Here I did them on my client in order post better photos, but be on the lookout for videos on the gram of me doing them on myself soon! Follow along below so you don't miss out, if you aren't already!

First up we have one of my favorite go-to styles when I don't feel like doing an updo but I need something more formal. Simply Elegant.

First curl hair all in the same direction the entire way around the head

First curl hair all in the same direction the entire way around the head

Next spray brush with hairspray and brush curls down and gently. (as shown in photo)

Next spray brush with hairspray and brush curls down and gently. (as shown in photo)

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Finish By

teasing hair to desired fullness and spray into place

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For added Drama

Add a deep part, tuck behind ear on the side with less hair and wear a pair of gorgeous earrings


Next up is a super easy updo that only takes about 5 minutes to do if my hair is semi curled from the day before. This style looks super chic and intricate, and is great for weddings, holiday parties, and even a day at the office if you are wanting something a little more special.

Smooth hair into a low pony

Smooth hair into a low pony

Tie hair with hair tie and when wrapping the last time leave hair into a bun like photo

Tie hair with hair tie and when wrapping the last time leave hair into a bun like photo

Spray hair with a texture spray like Biolage texture spray shown

Spray hair with a texture spray like Biolage texture spray shown

pinch and pull pieces to give a more “lived in” textured low bun

pinch and pull pieces to give a more “lived in” textured low bun

Now take the left over hair from your bun and wrap over the top of hair tie until you hit the back. Pull remainder of hair through the tie to hold in place. Use bobby pins to pin in place.

Now take the left over hair from your bun and wrap over the top of hair tie until you hit the back. Pull remainder of hair through the tie to hold in place. Use bobby pins to pin in place.

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Lastly, I wanted to show something that was simple and a little different than an everyday style. You can dress this up or down depending on the ribbon or hair accessory you are using. Here I used a mykitsch styling wrap to add a casual and fun style. You could also go to your local fabric store and get some velvet ribbon to add a more dressy look to this style.

Gather HALF hair and put into a half up securing with a no snag elastic. Make sure before securing hair tie that hair is smooth and any fringe around your face you would like left out is.

Gather HALF hair and put into a half up securing with a no snag elastic. Make sure before securing hair tie that hair is smooth and any fringe around your face you would like left out is.

Now that hair is in tie pinch and pull on crown if wanting added volume and fullness.

Now that hair is in tie pinch and pull on crown if wanting added volume and fullness.

Now take your detail piece and start by wrapping around and tying a knot in the back to hide knot. Continue to wrap around the hair until reaching desired length. Secure with knot in the back and tuck extra fabric.

Now take your detail piece and start by wrapping around and tying a knot in the back to hide knot. Continue to wrap around the hair until reaching desired length. Secure with knot in the back and tuck extra fabric.

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Wrap

using any type of fabric to give different looks and texture


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3 steps to fix the dry hair from all that Summer Fun!

Summer is gone, tans are fading, and you’re left with nothing but dry hair and your memories. Follow these 3 changes to your weekly haircare routine to fix that dry hair and be ready for Fall in no time!

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Step 1: You may be using a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type, but right now is the time to RECOVER your hair from the damage of chlorine and summer sun. Switching to Biolage Raw Recover Shampoo & Conditioner will help restore your hair making it 15 times stronger through conditioning. You’ll also notice an added shine.

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Step 2: Add a weekly hair mask to your end of Summer routine. The Biolage Raw Re-Hab Clay Mask helps to deeply condition stressed hair and helps to rebuild the strength of your hair. Apply to your hair once a week. I like to wash my hair at night, then apply this mask. I leave it on my hair while I sleep. When I wake in the morning I’ll rinse and style as normal.

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Step 3: Once a week use the Matrix 3 step Re-Bond system in the shower. Step 1: shampoo with re-bond shampoo, containing citric acid. Step 2: apply pre-conditioner containing maleic acid and leave on for 5 minutes, if extreme damage leave for up to 10. This step ensures the proper balance of strength and cosmetic feel in the hair. Step 3: layer conditioner, containing taurine, on top of step 2 and condition like usual. The ingredients contained in each of the steps work in tandem to restore the bonds of the hair. This 3 step system is the first haircare regimen to actually restore the chemical bonds on the hair


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What Shampoo is right for you??

With so many shampoos in the market today, how do you decide which one is right for you? I'm going to break down the benefits of the entire Biolage RAW line so it will be a little easier next time your choosing a shampoo! Ready? OK!

First up we have the Nourish shampoo. This is for dry and dull hair that needs some more of that softness and shine back in its life. This shampoo gives your hair up to 7 times more conditioning than any other non-conditioning shampoo. It’s made with quinoa husk and honey. As with all of the Biolage Raw line, its made of 99% biodegradable material with no silicones and no parabens. The bottle is made with 100% recycled plastic. 

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Next we have Recover shampoo. This is what I recommend for clients who have gone through an extreme color change (aka lightening process), or to clients who have endured a damaging Summer to their hair. This shampoo will help provide up to fifteen times stronger hair for stressed and sensitized hair. Recover is made with yucca and goji berry. It will give you stronger, smoother, and more conditioned hair, all while adding more shine.

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Now lets say your hair is in pretty good condition, but is flat, fine and lifeless... I got you! Uplift shampoo will be perfect for you! This shampoo purifies your hair without stripping for lightweight body in your hair. Uplift is made with black sesame and grapefruit. It adds the volume you desire without weighing down your hair.

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This next beauty is the newest member to the Raw line, Anti-dandruff shampoo. I am super excited to have a shampoo that helps with dandruff and doesn't strip your color! The new Anti-dandruff shampoo is for problems with scalp conditions such as itching, irritation, redness, flaking, and scaling. Tested under dermatological control this shampoo will help restore balance for healthy hair and scalp. With the use of 2.9% salicylic acid, willow bark extract, and rosemary this shampoo will help with all those dandruff related issues. 

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Lastly we have the Color Care shampoo. If you’ve gone through my list and don't have any of the conditions but need help protecting your color, this is the one for YOU! It uses nourishing coconut milk and antioxidant-rich meadowfoam to help keep color vibrancy fresh. This shampoo restores your hair strength 2 times following a color service and hair will be left with 3 times more moisture! This is one of my favorites!

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I hope you were able to find the perfect shampoo for you! Please comment below as to what you ended up picking as your new shampoo bestie!

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Biolage Oil Renew & The Porosity of Your Hair

First things first...What is porosity in hair? Do you have porous hair? Hair porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. Visible symptoms that your hair is porous are that it takes forever to dry, feels rough when dry, and is totally frizzy.

Are you feeling these symptoms? Biolage new oil renewal might be the right option for you.

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Biolage Advanced oil renew system will replenish and protect the hair cuticles which will lock in moisture to help your hair feel less porous. The first step is to shampoo to wash away a full day of hair pollutants such as dirt and build up that will get your hair ready for step two. Step two is conditioning. This will help to lock in the moisture your hair has been dying for. Lastly, the oil..this product is great! I really love to "cocktail" together the oil with my other styling products to help give my hair that added moisture it needs. 

Throughout the year my hair goes through changes. Just like a diet our body needs different foods at different times. The same goes for your hair. Whether you have changed the color of your hair, been swimming in the pool a little too much this summer, or just need to give your hair a little more attention for those porous ends, Biolage Advanced Oil Renew is a great option to help your hair quench that thirst it needs!

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Making Dry Shampoo work for you

On a daily basis behind the chair I have conversations with my clients about how often they are washing their hair. As they tell me they are washing everyday this look of horror comes across my face. I soon ask them why, to find out that its either just habit, or that their hair gets too oily. The topic of dry shampoo comes up and nine times out of ten I hear " I tried it, it just doesn't work for me". The reason it doesn't work can be one of two things: 1. you weren't using the right dry shampoo for you (yes there is more then one kind of dry shampoo) and 2. you aren't using it correctly.

Hair comes in all types; flat, thin, thick, coarse, just to name a few. Dry shampoo also comes in all types as well to better suit each type of hair. For thin hair you need something lighter and not too wet. This is so your hair won't weigh down and look worse then before you grabbed that bottle of dry shampoo. If you are part of this squad I would recommend Biolage Waterless Clean and Recharge. If you have thin to medium hair I would recommend it's sister dry shampoo Biolage Clean and Full. This product is also light and airy, but it gives you a little extra somethin somethin..and soon will become your best friend.

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Next.. where are my medium to thick haired girls at?? I'm right there with you! I can go up to five days on some weeks (thank goodness for dry shampoo and top knots!) For this type of hair, I recommend Miracle Extender by Matrix. This dry shampoo has a little bit more of a wet consistency compared to the two previously mentioned dry shampoos. The best part is that it doesn't leave the hair feeling gritty, and leaves a soft touchable texture.

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The last dry shampoo, Matrix Play Back, is probably my main go to dry shampoo for medium to thick hair. I use this on day one or two to add texture to my hair, or on day four to five to suck up the oils my hair has made. It removes the oils without drying out the hair, leaving no residue. All that and not to mention, how cute is this bottle!

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As I was saying, you can use dry shampoo in more than one way. It can be used to add texture when you have that freshly washed and clean hair. Before there was "texture spray" and "sea salt spray" this was how I added grit into the hair to help make those big braids and full updos!

Now you've found the right dry shampoo...so how do you apply? Start by sectioning throughout your hair and spray. A rule of thumb on how to spray any product is to stay the length of the can away from hair. This will help from getting product build up in one section and disperse evenly. Now that you have sprayed dry shampoo throughout your hair evenly, let it sit and do its job (absorbing up all those oils!) After its gone to work, grab a brush and brush through hair to work product throughout. DO NOT! I repeat... DO NOT use your hands to run the product throughout your hair. The job of a dry shampoo is to remove oils, and that is exactly what is on your hands. All the work of evenly spraying and working the product throughout your hair will be ruined by absorbing the oils from your hands and not your hair. Now that you brushed throughout, STYLE! You are ready for another day without a single drop of regular shampoo! Hurray!


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