I look back at photos of me from only two years ago where I had bleached highlights right up to my root. My thoughts? Awful. It looked like a wig. Did it really look that bad back then? I honestly shudder when I look at the bright, brassy blonde just ‘painted’ onto my hair.
I properly invested in balayage blonde about 18 months ago and I’m unsure if I’ll get change this up. It’s just so god damn manageable! The dark roots I have that come through match my naturally dark eyebrows, and the blonde looks soft and blended, rather than harsh and fake.
However, I still have to use bleach for when I want the blonde taking up a little higher, which makes me prone to dry, snapping hair. No conditioner in the world seems to stop the damage, as much as it can soothe and calm it.
Full head of bleach or balayage, my blonde hair always remains dry and knotty, although the roots are looking and feeling so much stronger!
Before my balayage days, I feared how I would handle the art of dry shampoo when I technically have two tone hair. I always use a blonde dry shampoo – usually always from Batiste – and if I don’t, I feel like the original dry shampoo formulas do tend to give hair that sort of chalky, whiter finish. And that was always fine with me. I mean, that works perfectly with blonde locks. But what about when I have warm brown roots, and bleached mid/ends?
This is where my love for Batiste stays strong. My Mum got me into Batiste from a young age. I think I was about 14 and experiencing greasy hair to the extreme in High School when my Mum would every so subtly buy cans of the stuff for me and my sister. Our mousy blonde roots got a blasting from what I can only call ‘magic oil absorbing powder’, and voila! The lazy teen that I was didn’t have to wash her hair until every third or fourth day.
Now I use it more as a refresher (yes, I did start washing my hair every day or every other day when I reached my late teens!). I am now a firm lover of the Batiste A Hint of Colour for Blondes dry shampoo, which I spray sparingly on the mid length and ends of my hair when my blonde hair is on it’s second day without a wash (I am prone to greasy hair, FYI, so it shows up quickly with me). The formula enhances the blonde and doesn’t give it a powdery, talc like finish. Just more of a fresher, cleaner, and more texturised looking blonde. It’s subtle hint of colour is excellent at disguising greys too – although touch wood I’m not suffering just yet.
And that’s another reason why I never switch up my dry shampoo brand. I have fine hair, and I have always found that a few blasts of Batiste on my roots and hair lengths gives it that slight ‘oopmhy’, messy textured, fuller looking boost it cries out for.
What about my brown balayage roots, I hear you ask?
This is where the Batiste Hint of Colour Brunettes spray is used! Yes, I own both cans, and I lightly work in a few sprays of the brunettes dry shampoo into those roots at my middle parting. No white residue, no chalky effects, just an oil absorbed, refreshed parting.
I find that by using these two colour friendly versions together, my balayage is rocking! It’s cleaner, bolder and fresher on those pesky 2nd/3rd ways after the intial hair wash.
The best bit? Cheap as chips. You can pick up Batiste form countless retailers, although a safe bet is usually Boots, where an original can is £2.99, and the Hint of Colours is around £3.99
Remember that the products you use post-balayage can make a difference. Just good colour enhancing shampoos and conditioners, and ultimately, nourishing conditioners and olaplex when you can. A gentle hair brush is also super kind to blonde balayage hair, and any kind of deep conditioning treatment.
If your salon offers Olaplex treaments when you have your blonde done, I’d highly recommend it. I reviewed this in salon Olaplex treatment here if you want to know more.
Long live the balayage trend!