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Tuesday April 10, 2012

John Blue Busts 5 Balayage Myths

by Jared Hatch

With warm weather and summer approaching, now is as good as time as ever to freshen up dull and dreary grown-out highlights with a fresh and updated look. Expert colorist and one of the most sought-after specialists in the city of Chicago, John Blue from Maxine Salon thinks Balayage is the answer - a soft and natural alternative to traditional foil highlights. In the spirit of Beauty Week, John taps into his deep well of wisdom and touches on five common misconceptions about balayage treatments.

MYTH 1: Color can't be placed that close to the scalp.
On the contrary, balayage can get just as close, if not closer than highlights done with foils. Because of the placement of specific sectioned pieces, this technique of hair painting allows the colorist to get extremely tight, especially around the hairline.

MYTH 2: Why would I have to pay to have roots?
There are many different variations of balayage, and one that has been popular recently is called "Ombré," which means the deep gradient changes from light to dark. Celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson and Nicki Minaj have been seen rocking both subtle to severe versions of this technique.

MYTH 3: I hear there will be stripes and chunky pieces, Eh???
I admit, sitting in the chair watching your colorist paint what appears to be huge pieces into your hair can seem a little unnerving, but keep in mind when hair is gathered together it appears thicker than it is. However, when the color is shampooed out and the hair is dry, it cascades around the head beautifully and naturally, making those "thick painted pieces" look like soft and natural sun drenched highlights.

MYTH 4: It looks easy, can't this be done at home?
Unfortunately not. The skill and precision to execute this technique takes a great deal of knowledge of understanding of different hair types and growth patterns. It also takes extensive training to develop a steady hand since there is no foil to "guard" or "direct" the colorist on what hair to color next.

MYTH 5: Isn't balayage more expensive?
Initially yes. You have to consider the time it takes training and mastering this technique. It requires a keen eye and detailed sense of precision. Remember, you may pay more per service getting a balayage highlight, but because of the natural placement of this technique, it could possibly extend your highlights weeks or even months between your next hair color services, thus saving you more money in the long run.


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