I have never coloured my hair in my life before! If you see the first ‘before’ picture below, you’ll notice my hair is already different shades of black/dark brown. I’ve always had hair that looked naturally ‘coloured’ so I never bothered to transform it. Having brown hair, and spending a lot of time in the sun also meant, my hair had a tendency to lighten naturally – hence natural highlights!
Over the past couple of years, I had been toying around with the idea of finally colouring my hair. The urge to experiment and just change it for the heck of it was becoming stronger. After what felt like the millionth time that I had the idea and postponed it yet again, the team at Page3 Jubilee Hills got in touch with me for a hair transformation session. It was the perfect opportunity so I thought why the hell not!
The newly opened salon is located on road no. 10 Jubilee Hills. I first had a consultation session with the creative director where we discussed what colours would suit my skin tone, and my hair type. Since I had never coloured my hair before, the one good thing was that there was no need to bleach it!
I wanted something subtle and natural, since it was my first time. My naturally wavy hair was the perfect canvas for getting a balayage. Balayage in French means “to sweep” or “to paint”. Since the technique involved natural sweeping strokes that resulted in natural looking sun-kissed hair, I was more than okay to go for it.
Before After blow-dry After styling and curling
What is Balayage? Why should you go for it?
The Balayage pieces should be very close and soft at the root leading to a thicker highlight at the ends of the hair. Balayage should be applied on the surface of the section and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t vey soft at all. Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights – the principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. There’s no stripy look like you can get with foil highlights, Balayage emulates the parts of your hair that would naturally lighten in the sun.
Also, Balayage is a freehand technique as no foil or meche are used to create the highlights. Because it’s handpainted, your colourist can choose the placements to best complement your haircut, skin and features so it looks really natural rather than actually coloured. It’s also super speedy, meaning you don’t have to sit so long in the chair, and it grows out beautifully meaning less maintenance, so less frequent appointments.
No longer do you have to sit, head in foils, for what felt like three days only to end up with hair so stripy it brought to mind images of Nicole Richie circa 2003
The final process
We finally chose two colours to go with – a medium shade and an extremely light shade, to make the transition from dark to light look more natural. If you are someone who wants the colour to look bold & loud, you can choose just one really light shade which would stand out against your dark hair. The colour you choose must always be at least 2 shades lighter than your natural hair colour.
After a quick hair cut to create a few more layers in my hair, I sat down for the coloring process. It did not take more than 25min to ‘paint’ my hair. I waited for about 45-60min post colouring to let the colour seep in. Post hair colouring, we styled the hair in two ways – a natural blow dry & a curled look, just to see which looks better and how the light reflects the colours in each case.
At the end of the session, I was happy with the result! It looked beautifully natural! The team was extremely professional and quick. While I was quite doubtful and hesitant (being my first time), the creative director was really patient and made sure I was happy with the process.
Now that this is done, I’m willing to go a little more extreme during my next session. For all you know, you might find me rocking blue hair the next time! 😉
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