I got my hair done! It’s been over 2 years since I last got my hair dyed, so you might say it was about time. Usually going this long between dye jobs would mean a case of pretty dire re-growth, but thanks to the beauty of balayage, this hasn’t been a problem for me.
Balayage is “a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.” Not to be confused with ombre, which is a more solid, dip-dye look where hair changes from one colour at the roots to an entirely different on in the lengths.
In Notting Hill, Hugh Grant tells us about a “house with a blue door.” Literally right next to this now famous blue door used for filming, you will find Samantha Cusick London – experts in balayage, and the caretakers of my first ever dye experience in London. Slightly embarrassingly, I actually chose this place for my dye job over all the other options as I learnt it is where Zoe Sugg (UK blogger extraordinaire, pictured left) gets her hair done. Now, think what you like about the girl... there is no denying she has phenomenal hair.
Anyway, I was a tad nervous before going in... it’s always risky dying dark hair a lighter shade, but balayage is absolutely the way to go for those of us not willing to take the plunge into the world of full-on blonde. My hair was left entirely untouched at the top, and I came out with a natural-looking colour, or as my lovely colour technician said, I look like I’ve just got back from somewhere tropical where my hair became gloriously sun bleached. I’ll take that! (I'll take the real-deal holiday too, if the universe could just deliver on that please.)
I’m thrilled with the results and will be taking many annoying hair-related pictures until the novelty wears off (find them on my Instagram page). For any of you out there with doubts about if balayage would work for your darker tresses – you might have a skin tone, complexion or hair length that you’re not sure will work – check out these celebrity stunners who show there is a way to make balayage work for every kind of brunette, hallelujah! A good colour studio should have a consultation with you in advance, and given their expertise, they’re usually the best source of advice on what would work for you.
Long live brunette balayage!