Every season there are new trends in the world of hair. For a time there was the fashion for the Californian highlights, then having hair painted in rainbow colors, after that we saw a wave of celebrities sporting platinum hair and now the kingdom of balayage has arrived. This coloring process gives luminosity and dimension to the hair as if it had been in the sun for a long time, so the effect is almost that of natural highlights. It is a French technique much more artistic, creative and unique than the other ways of coloring hair. The way to apply the dye is similar to how an artist works when painting a painting, selecting the strands and applying the dye with a brush; And for many Latinas, balayage maintains a soft, healthy-looking color.
However, for women with very dark hair it can be difficult to find shades that look natural with their original color. I am part of that group, but lighting my hair has always caught my attention. When I see the women who wear braids and they see the gradient and the dimension, I must say that they make me jealous, and when I see those who wear perfect reflections I want to do them, although I know that I am too low maintenance and at the same time I would see the dreaded root. I was looking for a chic, natural solution, but at the same time something low-maintenance, so I decided to consult the creative director of the hair product brand L'ANZA, the stylist Ammon Carver, who has been using this technique for years, to ask him questions about balayage and, finally, to give my hair a change.
As you can see in the image, there are traces of the reflections that I did two years ago, but other than that my hair looks quite dull. I wanted to give it life, but for me the most important thing is that the color favored me and it looked natural. I arrived at my appointment with Carver with several reference photos, and together we decided that I was going to put on ash tones to counteract the warm tones of my skin.
The first thing he did was bleach my hair and then I could use the desired color. This is a very important step, since if you put color on top of dark tones, the result can be an undesirable orange. It is like when drawing, you are going to use a white sheet instead of a black one so that the colors look good. The same on the hair, it has to be painted on top of a light base so that the color can stand out.
While Carver applied the color to me, we talked about hair fashions and my fears. When I tried the ombré or gradient trend, I tried to do it myself and it resulted in a catastrophe. It was so bad that my own family called me "Orange Juice" in tribute to the orangutan from the movie Life of Pi. Clearly I never dyed my hair again by myself. Carver said to me with laughter: "A trend that will never go out of style is to have healthy and shiny hair, and that's what we are going to give you."
At the time of rinsing my hair we saw that it had been too light, and it was too strong a contrast for my taste. So she put a darker tint on us and we left it a few more minutes until we got the perfect result. Look at the result!
I was delighted to say little. Shades degrade smoothly and very naturally. My hair now has more life and looks healthier. But how should I take care of my new mane? Simple. Carver recommended several products and gave me some tips to keep my look this beautiful. To start with, he recommended not to abuse the washes, since 70% of the discoloration is due to water. For when I had to wash it, he recommended applying the L'ANZA Color Guard treatment before shampooing. And also apply this advice before going to the sea or the pool. To nourish it, he recommended that I use L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil daily and L'ANZA Keratin Healing Masque for 10 minutes every week, since the best way to show off beautiful hair is taking care of your health. To finish, he recommended using the L'ANZA Color Illuminator Hair Brightening Spray to give it an extra shine. You see I paid a lot of attention, since my goal is to keep this look as long as possible. I have never liked my hair so much!