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Balayage

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What Ombre was around year 2013-14 is what Balayage has been for 2015-16, a major hair trend (well yeah that makes Ombre a passé, strictly speaking in terms of trends, but of course you can have what you like!)

I had been wanting to get a Balayage for my hair for the longest time and finally got it done in January this year. I totally loved the final result! But before I go into further details about my colour treatment, let me quickly tell you a bit about Balayage.

Balayage in French means to sweep or to paint.  This hair colour technique gives a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The idea is to give natural softer look! Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, something very unlike regular highlights which aren’t soft at all. The trend is pretty hot an donned by many A-listers be it Bollywood or Hollywood! 
Further, it’s totally bespoke to you! A good Balayage expert will be able to place the colour that compliments your skin tone and brings out the best features of your face (hence the glow you guys notice on my face for last few weeks). Please see, what colour shade may work for me may not work for you that well! The trick is to find ‘your’ shade 🙂
As far as I am concerned, I didn’t just get a Balayage, but I got a global hair colour, or rather colours too (mine was a mix of two). So basically I got a global hair colour first, and then Balayage over it.
My hairstylist Gulfam, at Envi Hyderabad (Inorbit Mall) helped me pick the perfect shades to bring out the best of my face and skin tone.
He used L’oreal Majirel products, shade 5.35 and 7.35 were mixed together and used for my global hair colour. After applying these for global, shade 13 was used for Balayage. 
After the hair colour treatment was done, I also got a keratin treatment just after it to make the colour last longer and keep my natural hair texture intact.
The overall process took some 3-4 hours and costed me INR 16,700. 
Maintaining a Balayage is not big deal, just take care of your hair as you do. The only thing you’d probably need is a good shampoo and conditioner/mask for coloured hair.

I am using following products as of now:

1. Kerastase Chroma Riche Shampoo
2. Kerastase Chroma Riche Masque
3. L’oreal Mythic Oil Hair Serum or Bedhead TIGI After Party Hair Serum
I usually pick all these products from Envi Salon itself, but you can also buy these from ebay, flipkart or amazon if you aren’t able to find these anywhere else.
It’s been around 10 weeks since I got the Balayage done and I am still very happy with the results, plus all those compliments I get!

Here are a few pictures, in all kinds of lights possible!

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For more hair care tips, check this post I did long time back -> Longing for Happy Hair?
Much Love,
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2 Comments

  1. Pallavi Ruhail

    April 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

    You can check at L’oreal salons 🙂

  2. Anushmita Kaushik

    April 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Any good salons you recommend for balayage in Delhi?

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