I did it. After 21 years. I did something to my hair that wasn’t a haircut.
Ever since I was in high school, I always low-key wanted brown highlights or full brown hair even, but never had the guts to get it dyed. Then 3 weeks ago, I finally booked an appointment at a salon for a cut and foil highlights. They told me I would have to wait 3 weeks and I was fine with that. What I didn’t realize was that was 3 more weeks of wondering if I should go through with it or not!
A week later, I decided to do more research. I discovered a different technique that stylists use to highlight/color hair that didn’t involve foil, required less maintenance, and was healthier for hair! Then I called up the salon again and switched my appointment from full foil highlights to….BALAYAGE. Balayage, from what I understand, is a technique where the hair stylists actually paint the dye into your hair and then wrap it in cling wrap to lift color from your hair. It gives it a more natural look and is a popular trend!
2 weeks later, it was finally the day of my appointment. I was super excited because I have never treated myself to a nice haircut in a fancy salon. This was basically my treat to myself for working and taking classes all summer! I entered the salon and immediately loved the vibe. It was very chic, yet the atmosphere was relaxed.
Since I arrived almost 30 minutes early (yes, obviously eager), I got to wait and read some magazines and just take in all the surroundings which was when I took the above picture. Shortly after that, I met the hair stylist who was gonna color and cut my hair. She was super nice, brought me over to a chair, and then I showed her a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like. I managed to snap a picture while in the chair. I don’t know even know why, but here it is:
Then she got her swatches out to confirm what color I wanted. I made a split second surprising decision. I wouldn’t just do the dark brown or maybe a lighter-dark brown. I picked the caramel color, which was lighter than I thought I was ever going to do! She even asked me if it might be too light, but I just said no and it was perfect. In my head, I kept thinking about how I never take risks. That day, I knew needed to take a risk.
Now, if you’ve dyed your hair before, you’re probably laughing and thinking I’m being overly dramatic, but the truth is this was a big deal for me! I never thought in my life I’d actually dye even a small portion of my hair! Anyways…
The whole process was amazing! Everyone at the salon was so sweet and supportive. They made sure I was okay, since it was a long process all together (about 2.5-3 hours). They consistently asked me if I needed water, coffee, tea, a magazine to read, etc. After getting the cling wrap off, my stylist washed and added some toner to my hair. During this, I was delighted when I realized that the chair at the washing station was actually a massage chair! Yeah, I felt like a kid at Disneyland! Anyways, after washing and drying my hair it was then time for the big reveal…
I LOVED IT.
On the left, the sun is directly hitting my hair making the caramel extra bright with a pretty pop of color.The right picture was taken indoors without the sun hitting it making it more natural, yet with an added pop of caramel!
The next day, I straightened my hair to see what it would look like and I was just as happy! It looks more natural and sun kissed while straightened, both outdoors (left) and indoors (right).
It’s been a few days later and I am still just as obsessed with it as I was right after I had just gotten it done! I even took this selfie today just because!:
All in all, I have no regrets and…I can’t wait til my next hair appointment! I already booked another balayage..but LIGHTER! I can’t wait! Anyways, I hope this post was entertaining and if you have any questions about the process, feel free to leave me a comment!