The pros and cons of balayage
Have I gushed about Sophia Bush on here yet, beauties? No? I haven’t? Shame on me, really.
Alongside Miranda Kerr, she is my beauty icon. I mean, look at those sparkling hazel eyes. That glowy, luminous skin. That divine décolletage. Those perfectly imperfect strands. The super-cute button nose… I could go on for ages. But I won’t, of course.
I’m here to talk about balayage, actually. Or, more specifically, the pros and cons of balayage. Because let’s face it, it’s not for everyone. (Except for Soph. She looks grand with and without it.) Maybe you’re contemplating trying it out yourself or maybe you’ve already tried it and are considering switching back to your natural, one-toned strands. Either way, you want to know what you’re in for, right?
THE PROS OF BALAYAGE
You don’t have to deal with regrowth. Yes, you can keep your purse shut for a lot longer with this kind of dye job, as you won’t require regular touch-ups.
It’ll make your eyes sparkle and your skin glow. A good dose of balayage highlights will begin around the ear level. And as a result, the multi-dimensional colours will lift your facial features and make your eyes pop, while also giving your skin a lovely warmth.
It’ll give people the illusion you’ve been on holiday. You may not have actually been roaming around the Greek Islands in the past few weeks, but your ‘do will convince people otherwise. Why? Because balayage is the faux version of the sun-kissed strands that naturally form after spending a lot of time in the sun. Sneaky.
THE CONS OF BALAYAGE
You’ll have to invest time and money in hair treatments. Bleached hair is notorious for split, dry ends. To combat this as best you can, apply hydrating treatments twice a week, and apply a nourishing oil to your wet ends before heat styling.
You’ll have to spend more time styling your strands. Balayage looks best on wavy, textured hair as this allows the multi-dimensional colour to really show itself off. If you’re not at one with your curling iron, get ready to spend a lot of time together. Sure, you can still straighten your hair if you wish, but the colour just won’t look as chic as Sophia Bush’s balayage above right. Sorry!
Are you thinking about getting balayage? Or maybe you’re going back to your natural strands? And do you like Sophia Bush with or without balayage?
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