Who doesn’t love the idea of balayage? Root touch-ups are few and far between, damage is almost minimal and all you need is a chop every 4-6 weeks. To keep your blonde balayaged hair looking its best, try a few of these holy grail products to nourish your colour between the salon visits.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Joico’s new shampoo helps to neutralise brassy tones and preserves colour in lightening or highlighted naturally dark brunette hair. Use every 2-3 washes to preserve your hair colour, prevent against fading and always look its best between salon visits.
Joico Colour Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.95 (each)
A leave-in treatment is another must-have for girls with freshly coloured balayage. Why? It helps to smooth out the hair follicle and won’t dry-out your hair in the process. Apply sparingly to your ends and brush lightly with a wide-tooth comb.
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave-In Treatment, $18.95
There’s no denying that blonde hair can go brassy, it’s just a fact of life! Therefore, make sure to keep a toner or toning shampoo in your bathroom cabinet to bring back some life to your hair. Massage the treatment into your hands, then apply on your hair for 3-5 minutes.
If your balayage is super-light make sure to monitor your hair since it can turn purple! Brunette’s are encouraged to use a silver shampoo to bring back the glow in their balayage.
Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Colour Treatment, $29
To keep your ends looking smooth and shiny, use a serum immediately after stepping out of the shower. Just one pump is enough to cover your ends, and make sure to massage it well into the follicle. This is a must-have if your hair has been chemically treated, coloured blonde, or even exposed to the sun and sea.
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, $20
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Many dark-haired celebrities are making a change to a lighter, sun-kissed look for the warmer weather, and one of our favourite has got to be Jessica Alba. To maintain those bright blonde locks, it’s important to use a few products and homemade tricks which will ensure that your hair never looks brassy or dry.
A hydrating conditioner is essential when you’re working with bleached hair, since it adds some much needed moisture back into the hair follicle. While you’re in the shower, apply conditioner at your roots, then tie up the rest of your hair into a bun. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes and rinse with cold water for best results.
OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner, $17.99
Did you know that chamomile is a natural way lighten your hair? Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and 4-5 bags of chamomile. Let the water infuse for a few minutes, then tip your hair into the bowl. The water should soak into your hair for about 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess and let your hair dry in the sun.
To keep your bleach blonde ends from getting too dry and over-processed, it is important to visit the hairdresser on a regular basis. If you have a few split ends, simply wrap a lock of hair around your finger, and lightly snip off all the strays.
Blonde hair can go brassy without a moments notice, so always keep a violet shampoo in your bathroom cabinet. Apply the product to your ends, leave it in for 5 minutes, and wash with cold water. It helps to cancel out any brassy or orange tones from your hair between trips to your hairdresser or colourist.
Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo, $19.99
If your hair is damaged from all the sea-water or treatments, simply use a homemade mask to bring it back to life. Olive oil is perfect on damaged, brittle ends and coconut oil is an amazing hair and scalp mask, which brings back instant shine.
What are some of your treatments for hair like Jessica Alba’s?
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There is no denying that celebrities change their hair at any given moment. Unlike the rest of us, haircuts are paid for, colour is anything but from a bottle, and time is plentiful.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next hairdo, consider some of these drastic transformations by the celebrities you love (and others you love to hate).
Blonde, black, balayage to now platinum, is there anything that Kim wouldn’t try on her hair? We don’t think she would be into colour, unlike her younger sister Kylie. One of the biggest changes has been Kim’s new hairstyle which she debuted at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. Love it or hate it, either way, it definitely created some buzz.
Who remembers the long, streaked hair that Nicole Richie was sporting during the first few seasons of The Simple Life with BFF Paris Hilton? Seems a world away from the style she has now – mainly pink and purple coloured locks.
Singer Ciara should be on a billboard promoting balayage – her colour is just that good! Not too brassy, not too yellow, with the perfect amount of body and bounce. A girl can dream! A far cry from the style she was known for during the earlier parts of her music career.
Palermo was first introduced to the silver screen through the MTV reality television show, The City, alongside Whitney Port. While she mainly sported a voluminous looking style, her colour has changed drastically over the years. The fashion world fell in love with her sharp, long-bob in 2011, and is still a major source of inspiration to this day.
Inspired by Brigitte Bardot in the 70s, Miller’s hair was mostly long and layered with a face-framing fringe. Fast forward to 2015 and she’s known for an edgier style with short, pixie hair. This isn’t the first time Sienna Miller has chopped her hair, she did it back in 2004 for biopic, Factory Girl.
Actress Ashley Benson debuted her chocolate brown locks in 2011, then changed to a dirty blonde colour that she has kept ever since. The colour works well with a bit of texture, which can be achieved with a spritz of sea-salt spray.
One half of the Olsen twins went for a dramatic change in 2003, with Mary Kate colouring her hair strawberry blonde. Her super-long locks were styled with dry shampoo for a relaxed finish, but she soon reverted back to her natural blonde roots.
Don’t think we forgot about Rihanna! The singer is well-known for her changing hairstyles, ever since she chopped her long locks in favour of a strong, structured bob. But who could forget the stunning balayage at last years Grammy Awards, swoon!
Sarah Jessica Parker
Well, technically this one belongs to Carrie Bradshaw, but who could forget the dramatic transformation to chocolate brown locks once Big jumped ship?
What was your favourite cut, colour or style? Have we left anyone out?
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It is a well-known fact that transitioning from black to blonde hair can best be described as a nightmare.
The switch isn’t as easy as colouring your hair once and ending up with wonderful blonde locks. The process can often take weeks or even months since peroxide leaves the hair follicle dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
Although if your curiosity is getting the better of you, catch up on our guide which will safely take your hair from black to blonde.
Have your hair stripped
While it’s sometimes more cost-effective to colour your own hair at home, a big transition like this should be made with the help of an experienced hairdresser. There are also a variety of do-it-yourself hair kits which will easily strip all of the black colour out of your hair. Be warned, almost all steps involve using a high-strength peroxide to remove black colour out of your hair, and you should strictly follow the information on the back of the box.
Most hairdressers won’t strip the colour out of your hair in just one session. To avoid breakage, they will carry out the procedure over a number of weeks, so the hair follicle has enough time to repair itself. In the meantime, indulge your hair in weekly deep-conditioning treatments, and avoid using too many unnecessary styling tools.
Colour your hair brown
Depending on the condition of your hair, the hairdresser will more than likely choose to colour it brown before going blonde. A semi-permanent colour is then put into the hair, and left for a 6-8 weeks; we warned you that blonde hair won’t come overnight! It’s also a great idea to put in a few blonde highlights, to see how you might like the switch before completely going blonde. This gives your hair enough time to repair itself, and helps to strengthen the follicle before adding more peroxide.
Trim split ends
After all of the heavy duty processing which your hair has been through over the last few weeks, it might feel dry and brittle. Get your hairdresser to trim any split or damaged ends so the colour will look fresh on your hair.
Try balayage instead
Rather than making the harsh leap from black to blonde hair, why not try some balayage? This technique involves hand painting the ends with blonde or caramel highlights, which looks like a sun-kissed glow. Even though this also involves pre-bleaching the ends, it won’t be as damaging to your hair follicles in the long-run. Since balayage allows you to keep your darker roots, trips to the hairdresser will also decrease!
Use a toner
To keep blonde hair looking its best, use a toner at least once a week to remove brassy colours. Coloured blonde hair can sometimes turn orange or lacklustre due to chlorine and salt water, so it’s important to use a purple shampoo to counteract these harsh tones.
Leave on for 5 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. There is no denying that blonde hair requires more maintenance, but it’s worth it since the colour also looks amazing when completed!
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Want lustrous locks with beautiful balayage ala Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen (pictured)? Or what about funky fishtail braids like those of top fashionista, actor Diane Kruger (pictured below)?
Never fear SHESAID readers – hair guru, Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell (pictured below), has expert tips here to make summer styling a breeze.
What are your top three tips on how to care for summer hair?
1. Firstly, it’s essential to have a good hair care regime. That means using a good quality shampoo and conditioner, as well as a leave-in product or treatment mask. You also need to think of treatments as a preventative, rather than a cure, to protect hair. So many women make the mistake of using treatments after the damage is done – treatments keep the hair healthy and not only repair existing damage, but also help prevent future damage.
2. If you have coloured hair, always use a colour-protect product with a UV filter and try not to wash the hair too much. But as long as you use a good shampoo you can wash your hair as often as it needs it, there is no thing as too much – it’s a personal choice.
3. If you’ve got very knotty hair from a day at the beach, the best way to tame it without causing too much breakage is to use either a leave-in conditioner, or an oil-mist spray to smoothen the cuticle (this is the bit which causes the knotting of hair), and use a wide-tooth comb or Denman brush because these won’t pull though knots and will reduce damage to the hair. Also, do not tie hair up when it’s wet because hair dries and shrinks and therefore pulls more tightly on the hairline.
What are your top three must-have summer products?
1. The beauty must-have this summer is the latest innovation from Schwarzkopf – Extra Care BB Cream. It provides 11 benefits in 1 product, including softness, shine, frizz control, deep nourishment and repair; this is the beach bag essential for any girl on the go this summer!
2. Schwarzkopf Extra Care Normal Balance Leave-In Treatment: this is perfect for everyday use and you can spray on wet or dry hair to maintain the health of hair.
3. Schwarzkopf Dry Shampoo: this is always great to have on hand to instantly freshen up your look, especially after a day on the beach!
What are your top three summer styling tips?
1. Summer season is party season so to ensure you always have beautiful, voluminous hair my favourite product for styling flat hair is Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Powder, which you apply to the roots when stying to create long-lasting volume.
2. Keep the new Extra Care BB Cream in your bag. It is the immediate hair smoother.
3. It’s all about textures in the hair form – high gloss to matt or combinations of both – mix and match products to suit the look you are trying to create.
What are some hot, new catwalk looks applicable to summer in Australia?
1. Hair gathered into updos or ponytails where wispy flyaways frame the face are hot right now, as are unstructured and loose ponies.
2. Braided hair is big – think style inspiration, actor Diane Kruger (pictured above). I’m talking double braiding hanging loosely on either side of the head, or braided against the scalp starting from the temples. Also, thick, single plaits in a wispy texture and fishtail braids that are loose and texturised are also a stylish look.
3. Heavily textured looks – long hair backcombed at the roots and through the lengths to create big volume. The finish should have a matte and dry appearance.
What are the hot, new summer colour trends?
1. Hair with luminous metallic tints in bronze and soft gold was the standout colours on the New York Fashion Week catwalks.
2. Colour-on-colour will be key, i.e, a variety of colours running through the hair, but all in a similar hue.
3. In brunettes, look for combinations of chocolate, mocha and caramel.
4. Dip dye was a trend, but we now see more balayage – think supermodel Gisele for style inspiration. The strength is at the bottom of the hair and there has to be softness to it.
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Ombré hair is still very much in style, with many women choosing to chop their long locks for a more manageable shorter hairstyle. Although, shorter hair doesn’t always mean your hairstyles are limited. Try these quick and easy styles the next time you want something new, or simply refresh your look.
Loose, soft waves are perfect for women with short hair since they take almost no time at all to recreate. Use a curling wand with a thicker barrel to achieve loose curls, and remember to use a heat protectant! Then comb through the ends of your hair for a low-key look. Soft waves look amazing with an ombré bob because the colour graduation is perfectly sun-kissed.
Don’t be afraid to wear your hair straight every once in a while! Focus on creating some volume at the crown, otherwise this style can look flat and dated. Blow-dry the hair from the top, then hold it all in place with finishing spray.
Embrace a shorter hairdo by cutting some blunt bangs to frame your face. Not only will this look perfect for people with an oval or heart-shaped face, but will transform your entire look. Mist hair lightly with some sea-salt spray to achieve body at the ends.
It is easy to achieve a bohemian look if you have lots of layers framing the front of your face. Tie hair back into a small bun and ponytail, creating drama at the crown. Pin hair back, plait and twist it into place. Set the entire look with a spritz of hairspray at the ends.
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Some celebrities are causing a stir and experimenting with new and adventurous hairstyles which soon everyone wants to replicate. Are you looking for a fun, new cut and colour on your own hair? Take inspiration from our top 10 picks before heading to the hairdresser.
1. Short bob
Lara Bingle’s new shorter hair-do has been causing a major stir, with many women across the country trying out this 90’s inspired haircut. Perfect for those with thick or thin hair, this style is best worn straight with a perfect blow-out.
There is no denying that the balayage trend is still going strong. When Kim Kardashian embraced lighter ends and darker roots, not only did it transform her face, but her style also experienced a total re-vamp.
3. Pastel shades
Who doesn’t love a pop of colour? Kylie Jenner wasn’t the first to embrace these ocean-green locks, but it certainly started the craze for temporary coloured hair! Colour your ends to spice up your look – they only last for 6-8 weeks before washing out.
4. Pixie cut
Both Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have taken the leap of faith and chopped their famous locks over the last few years. While this look is only for the daring, it is easy to maintain, and is great to give hair a chance to grow and repair again.
5. Soft curls
Everybody’s girl-crush Olivia Palermo is rocking soft, voluminous curls with her new lighter hair colour (sans layers). These are easy to achieve with just a spritz of sea-salt spray on damp air, then leave to air dry.
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Balayage hair is still very much in trend at the moment, with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Lily Aldridge and many more adapting this look to their own locks. If you’ve been living under a rock, balayage is a gradual colour transition from darker to lighter hair at the ends. Perfect if you want a low maintenance colour, which doesn’t involve regular trips to the hairdresser for root touch-ups.
This look is super-easy to achieve at home – all you need is some inspiration, hair colour (we suggest the L’Oreal Wild Ombré Kit) and a few spare hours!
- Start off by using dry, unwashed hair which is free from any styling products. This is the best since the dye will cling to oiler roots better.
- This kit does not come with a colour mixing bowl, so feel free to purchase one or use a small container to apply the mixture with ease. A highlighting brush is also a great idea if you want to colour small strands of your hair.
- If this is the first time you’re using this particular product, it is a good idea to do a strand test the night before. Pick an inconspicuous part of your hair (often behind the ear) and let the colour develop. This will be a good indicator of how the colour will end up on the rest of your hair.
- Pour the lightening kit into the mixing bowl with the plastic brush provided. Make sure the mixture has thoroughly combined before applying it onto your hair. Use a small brush (or the ombré brush provided) to achieve natural highlights. Work your way from the ends up to your chin – or the area you want the highlight to begin. Then turn the brush on it’s side to achieve a gradual colour.
- Cover the bottom of the strands thoroughly to achieve a sun-kissed colour at the ends.
- Pin up your hair and don’t leave it past the recommended time. If you want to speed up this process, wrap aluminium foil around your strands.
- Wash off and condition your ends well. Since bleaching can damage hair, it is important to keep it hydrated and moisturised. Follow up with a serum on your ends.
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Want to look ten years younger? A good haircut can mean looking and feeling younger just by chopping off your locks and styling them a different way. Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz both sport layered hairstyles which flatter their face but also their skin tone. Below are just a few hairstyles which can make you look younger instantly, and some additional tips if you want to embrace a younger look.
The bleach-blonde barbie look is not only outdated but has the ability to make people look washed out. Not to mention the unruly regrowth which comes with maintaining such a strict hair colour. If you want to embrace a light blonde tint, try highlights which work to compliment a particular haircut.
A side-swept fringe and longer more defined layers helps to frame the face and creates the illusion of a younger look. Rounded ends and bouncy locks look sweet and healthy, especially if there is more volume towards the crown of the head.
Avoid monotonous colour
Usually a one-tone hair colour has no depth or definition, which makes people look older than they really are. If you love darker roots but don’t want to go a completely lighter shade, then definitely try balayage. This is where the hairdresser hand paint’s highlights on the bottom of the hair, which gives the illusion of a gradual colour change.
Highlights help to bring colour and youthfulness to the face if done properly. Popular areas for highlighted locks include the layers which frame each side of the face, and also hair alongside the crown of the head near the natural parting. Caramel highlights are perfect for someone looking to spice up their brown locks.
A youthful haircut all comes down to volume and layering. Often dead-straight hair which is very long and has no fringe or layers tends to age a person. Regardless of hair type, texture or length, volume can be achieved by using effective hair products. Hair serums should only be used on the ends of hair, since they are capable of weighing down the hair follicle. Ask for long layers since they are easy to style and will give lots of natural volume to your look.
Avoid brassy tones
Brassy tones can ruin a youthful haircut, and instead feel and look older. Maintain any brassy tones at home by using a purple or violet shampoo and conditioner once a week to keep a gorgeous blonde hair colour. These products work by cancelling out any unwanted brassy, orange or silver tones in the hair.
Keep hair looking shiny and healthy by having regular trims. Work with the natural body and texture of your hair and don’t try to thin it out using a special razor. This will only lead to breakage and will leave hair feeling dry and brittle.
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By Felicia Sapountzis