You’ve all heard about balayage – it’s that modern, effortlessly highlighted hair that everyone wants. You read about it in every magazine, “ask your stylist for balayage highlights!” And as stylists we know, we have to constantly be educating ourselves on the best products for the best results of this sought after look.
When #Pravana sent me their latest collab with Guy Tang (only one of the biggest Hollywood hair guru’s around) I was SUPER excited to try out their new Balayage kit. #pravanabalayage – Not only is Guy Tang one of my top 5 stylists I look up to and get education from, but I know that Guy Tang, being who he, would really and truly put his heart into a product that he’s collaborating on. It’s not just slapping a name on something for him; I know that I can trust that he wants the best ingredients and products for stylists to give to our clients.
Opening the Balayage stylist kit is awesome – it comes with the Pravana Pure Light Lightener, the 3 different developers (Low, Med and High), the Balayage paddle, and 3 different sized brushes (a large, medium and small – small being purrrrfect for those around-the-face-sun-kisses) Pravana also sent me all the new “Express Tones” toners to create dozens of different effects on the balayaged hair – I was so stoked! Thank you #Pravana !
Why not just use regular bleach instead? This lightener is wonderful because it has the soothing effects of aloe, plus a keratin protein to help smooth and repair the hair as it’s being lightened. Plus the most important factor is that this is a clay-based lightener. When regular bleach lightener is placed on the hair, we have to place it in between foils to keep the bleach wet so that it stays activated. When it dries out, it stops working. With this clay lightener, it creates a hard protective barrier around the hair shaft, and actually keeps the INSIDES moisturized and active – without the use of foils or heat. That’s how we can create the beauty of hand painted highlights, without the cumbersome foils in our way. Wahooo!
After a few test rounds, I was excited to use the kit on my client Taylor who was coming in for a beautiful blonde ombre. She said she’d gone to other stylists, but was never happy with the outcome. She said her hair always came out to orange, or brassy and never bright blonde enough. I knew hair magic was going to happen!
Once Taylor was in my chair, I could see we had a lot of work to do. The ends were a brassy orange, the blonde never quite looking “blonde”, and there was 2-3 inches of natural growth with 3-4 inches of a dyed brunette. To get Taylor to the bombshell balayage look she wanted, I knew I would be using the hairpainting balayage method (see pic to the right). This would bump her dyed brunette areas to a soft blonde, and her natural growth would bump up just a bit to soften the line. Then we needed to brighten the bottom to a beautiful beige blonde without causing damage on her previously lightened ends. You see, it’s not only about creating the look client’s want, but keeping the integrity of her hair. I wanted to do everything possible to keep all that beautiful length of Taylor’s gorgeous length!
Mixing the lightener to the correct measurements (that is KEY with this clay based lightener), I applied the lightener in triangular sections and using deep v’s of lightener to create the balayage signature look. After processing for 40 minutes, I applied the Ash and Natural (1:1) Express Tones to the hair to soften her now bright blonde ends to that beautiful beige blonde. After about 5 minutes, we shampooed, conditioned and dried her to a gorgeous finish.
WHA-LAAAA! Her hair was balayaged to perfection, these cascading blonde waves saying it all! I loved using this lightener and I will be using it again and again. Stylists – have you gotten your kit yet and tried it? Was your experience the same? Post your comments below! GIRLS and GUYS! If you want a beautiful balayage experience, tell your stylist they have to get their hands on this! Send them to my blog to read and see for themselves! It’s awesome!