Use a Balayage Hair Technique to Amp Up Your Color
Before balayage was a hair trend it was just a technique — freehanded dye-painting that allowed a colorist to create soft, natural-looking highlights. But the look can be anything but natural if you are into shockingly amped-up colors like purple, blue, turquoise, red, aqua or any other color of the rainbow that strikes you. It’s a dramatic departure from natural-looking, sun-kissed shades, for sure. Balayage meets ombre. So, how do you know if balayage is for you? Do these 23 balayage hairstyles inspire you? Do you like the way each strand varies? If you do, ask for the balayage technique next time you go for color.
You could DIY this, using a similar color melt technique. but you may not want to. Balayage this vivid can benefit from the hand of an artist, free-forming color onto your hair in downward sweeping patterns. A professional colorist is going to be able to look at your hair at various angles, observe where it catches the light and how it frames your face and apply color to just certain strands. There’s no right or wrong way to go with a vibrant color balayage.
Maintenance is always a consideration. While natural-color balayage is well-loved for being low-maintenance, vibrant colors like blue and teal are going to fade and grow out, leaving you needing some kind of touch-up. To keep your new vibrant color looking good longer, delay washing your hair after having it colored and thereafter wash it as little as possible or use a dry shampoo. As the color fades, you will want to refresh it. You can accentuate the vibrant color by using a semi-permanent color wash. Or if you are seeing your colorist for a root touch up, she can also refresh the balayage.
Though balayage has become so popular that it’s now commonplace in salons on both coasts and in big cities, it’s synonymous with natural, so you if you want a vibrant color, you may want to ask generically for “hair painting”. If you see your stylist reach for foils, stop everything and have a discussion about the technique, which is a departure from the traditional way of applying color in blocks. Foils will not be needed. An exception to this would be if you have very dark brown or black hair. Dark hair may require the heat from foils to get a vibrant color take. If this is the case, your stylist may want to combine both techniques, and we like the way she thinks!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)