The future’s bright. The future’s… blonde. After dabbling in baby balayage last summer, this year I took the plunge and fully committed to having lots of golden locks. Being prone to dry and frizzy hair at the best of times, I’ve made it my mission to make sure that my hair is going to be as protected as possible. I want golden hair, not straw. I’m trying my best to be the best at Taking Care Of Balayage Hair. Because haircare is the new skincare, of course…
Picking the right salon
I was very kindly invited to try The Chapel in Islington, which has to be one of the fanciest salons I’ve ever stepped inside. Basically I moved in, because I was there for four and a half hours in total; I feel like I got a good sense of the place. The salon itself is great for spending some time to relax on your own. The time with my hair in foils was spent downstairs on a sofa, reading a magazine and fighting the urge to have a a nap. In the cutting & styling section, you get a massive hanging mirror all to yourself, with lots of space.
My stylist managed to translate my ‘oh yeah, I want it a bit lighter for summer’ into exactly what I really meant. Read, quite a lot of balayage. Finding the right stylist for something like balayage is key. It’s hard to paint the colours onto your and get the tones just right, but my stylist was a pro. My hair is fairly dark naturally, so adding lots of blonde has changed it quite a lot! It means I spent the first two days post-bleach not recognising myself in the mirror and feeling like I had become my blonde alter-ego.
Looking after balayage
So, the fun stuff. Looking after hair that has been bleached. My first step is to try and minimise heat damage from styling tools so I’m aiming to air dry my hair as much as possible and then to use the Kerastase reinforcing milk to make sure any heat damage is minimised. As well as that, I promised to start using hair masks on a weekly-ish balance to make sure everything is as smooth as can be. Oh, and lots of oil on the ends. Post coming soon on!