How-to: ensure you don't rock bad balayage
There isn’t normally any occasion that I’d tell you not to follow the beauty advice of Lauren Conrad, and while the above image doesn’t really offer much by way of advice, it certainly does reveal a thing or two about what not to do when it comes to colouring your hair.
Do you see her tresses? It looks as though her ends have been caressed with a paintbrush that’s been dipped in an off white paint. The separation of the two colours is too distinct and way too obvious – not at all what balayage should be about.
Balayage is based on the ombré hair trend, the very definition of which is ‘shading’ or ‘shaded’. It’s a gradual, sheer change that is supposed to be somewhat undetectable, and as you can see – LC’s version is certainly anything but.
So what would we tell Lauren (and Rumer Willis, for that matter) about rocking the ombré hair trend right? There are a few tips we can think of…
BEGIN WITH HEALTHY HAIR
If the ends of your hair are dry, brittle or even split in places, you’ll find that the lighter hues (which are normally either bleach or peroxide-based) will kind of ‘latch’ onto those strands and seep into the cracks that develop as a result of unhealthy hair. It’s then that your hair may undergo a real, irreversible health issue. Treating your hair to regular deeply nourishing hair masks is a sure fire way to repair your hair over time. Teaming Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Treatment Mask with a regular hair trim will ensure your strands are in top health and good shape for an ombré style.
If you’re going to attempt balayage at home, please pinky promise me that you won’t go dip-dying your ends into a bucket of bleach. The results will be obvious and catastrophic, let me tell you. Instead, opt for an at-home hair colour that is designed to deliver a brilliant ombré result. One that blends brilliantly with your current hair colour and delivers a near-undetectable finish where the two hair hues blend together. We love L’Oreal Paris Préférence Wild Ombrés as it has been formulated and designed to lighten the ends of hair, creating an ombré look and comes complete with an expert brush to easily create a customised and natural result.
If you do decide to go down the DIY route, it’s important to ensure you stay as close to your natural hair colour as possible, while still achieving your desired result. The great thing about L’Oreal Paris Préférence Wild Ombrés is that it comes in two different shades, making it perfect for those with a darker natural hair colour that want to add another dimension to their hair colour and those with lighter strands that want to rock subtle, sun kissed ends. As a rule of thumb, don’t go more than two to three shades lighter than your current colour and you can’t go wrong.
What are your best tips for at-home balayage? Or at-home hair dye for that matter?