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How To Get Beautiful Balayage Highlights For Your Brown Hair

Just wanted to write to say that Sandra is the BEST colorist ever!! She is hugely professional, so talented, and very warm. She gave me beautiful blonde highlights while keeping my base natural — I love it — thanks so much ~ Katelin

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Likewise, good hair color is a work in progress. Provided you have good chemistry with your hair stylist, you should stick with him or her. “One night stand” visits at every hair salon in NYC is never the answer for gorgeous sun kissed highlights. When you start at a new salon, even if the colorist is rated as the “best hair colorist in NYC“, you have to trust your instincts. If it feels wrong, walk away before you start. Find below some tips of how you can get perfect sun kissed highlights every brunette wants.

balayage highlights

Balayage highlights for brown hair.  Balayage artist: Sandra Vasilescu.

  • Bring in pictures from magazines of hair styles and colors you like.
  • Bring in pictures from magazines of hair styles and colors you DON’T like.
  • Whenever possible bring in picture of you as a child. Your natural highlights as a child is what your colorist is trying to recreate.
  • Ask your colorist to only make your highlights 1 or 2 shades lighter than your natural hair color.
  • Ask your colorist to avoid your part so you won’t get the spaghetti effect. The lighter the highlights, the starker the contrast will be.
  • Ask you colorist to avoid too much symmetry. Nature does not lighten our hair symmetrically, only humans.
  • Less is more. It is not the quantity but the placement of highlights that matters.
  • Hot tip: If your hair is dark brown and want your highlights lighter than 1 or 2 shades, your colorist MUST stay away from your hairline, part and must start your highlights at various points of origin.
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  • Pam October 25, 2012, 1:36 PM

    If you color your hair for greyness, can you still do balayage?
    I have to color my part due to a “skunk stripe” and wondered if balayage was only for people who do not color their hair.

    • Admin October 27, 2012, 8:07 AM

      Hello,
      Balayage is for everyone. Of course if you have gray hair and wish to cover it, a single process is a must. Balayage highlights will add dimension and create a less opaque effect.

  • Coco September 24, 2012, 7:15 PM

    I am interested in belyage…my natural color is a medium brown and is currently colored/bleached a very light somewhat platinum blonde all over. Would it be possible to have this done? I’m looking to go for a more natural look but want to have some blonde in my hair still. Sick of the maintenance where roots are concerned!
    Thanks!
    Coco

    • Admin September 24, 2012, 7:27 PM

      Yes, of course it’s possible. Once you are ready to go to a more natural look, all you have to do is book your appointment. It will take some time, but your colorist will help you achieve this in the easiest possible way.
      If you’d like to have a consultation first, it’s always complimentary! We suggest to wait as long as possible, our colorists need some roots!
      Cheers!

  • Isabel November 16, 2011, 2:13 PM

    Thank you very much. I am very excited and I am looking forward to booking an appointment at winter’s end. I think beginning of the Spring would be the best time :o)

    • Admin November 17, 2011, 9:47 AM

      We are looking forward to it!

  • Isabel November 15, 2011, 5:35 PM

    This is EXACTLY what I want done on my hair! GORGEOUS colors and beautiful distribution of the highlights. Very natural-looking. My natural hair color is neutral medium brown, it’s straight/slightly wavy, at arm’s length, and in a very good condition. I’d like to add some color, dimension, and vibrancy to my hair without having to dye/damage it all over. Bayalage seems a great solution for me. Which bayalage color(s) would go well with my pale/white skin and green eyes?

    • Admin November 15, 2011, 9:30 PM

      Your hair sounds lovely! Balayage will uncover the array of shades your hair wants to be, but we imagine it would be nice to see golden browns ribbons of color added into your neutral brown locks. It would add sparkle and definitely dimension. 🙂 We are here when you are ready!

  • helen May 20, 2011, 12:24 PM

    Hello, What would you recommend for curly medium hair? I want bel. but I don’t know if it’s as good as for straight hair

    • Admin May 20, 2011, 6:11 PM

      Hi,
      Balayage is beautiful for any type of hair, period. It starts diffused at the roots, hence no strippy spaghetti, or unnatural. Balayage mimics the natural highlights of children and if anyone doesn’t like that look, then they should really re-think what beautiful and natural is. You should try it. I doubt you would regret it…:)

  • Angelina P March 19, 2011, 12:52 AM

    For anyone who has red highlights or any type of red coloring in their hair, it’s a well known fact that it FADES FAST! My dark red highlights fade in a matter of only a few short weeks. A few months ago I began using the Shielo Color Protect Shampoo & Conditioner, and I have been thrilled with the results.

    The red doesnt fade! It lasts much, much longer. My hairdresser was amazed when I went back to get my roots touched up and she asked what on earth I had been using to keep my red from fading. If you want to prolong your red, this is the way to go!

  • SandraV November 1, 2010, 8:20 AM

    Thank you. As I get to know my client, my work improves with each visit. In this instance the woman in the picture came to me with virgin hair, no color. We started small, ‘just a few’ highlights. She got bolder in time. When I moved from uptown to Lance Lappin salon, she stayed at my old salon and saw a different colorist. She said she was “sad for days”, her hair didn’t look the same. Of course not, how could it? WE, she and I, created that color together and we tweaked it each time.
    Now she found me and her hair is happy again!

  • Ivy November 1, 2010, 7:05 AM

    In a world where complaining seems to be rampant… it’s nice to address the issue of dis satisfaction with one’s hair. Rather than running from one stylist into the chair of another, this seems like really good advice! Also, those highlights are beautiful!

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