Cut and Balayage
*these were taken in the shade. Scroll down to see a couple taken in the sun so you can see how light it really is!
I want to start by thanking you for the overwhelming response to my new hair. You guys are seriously the sweetest! I am so obsessed with it!
I also want to make sure to tell you I will be doing a tutorial on how I style and curl it. This will be loaded to Instagram on Tuesday 1/28 and you will always be able to find it saved to my HAIR highlights on my Instagram Stories once it is live.
Funny story. I have been going to Tangerine Salon in Dallas off Walnut Hill for 4-5 years and have always either seen Marshall or Troy. I had to call and make an appt to do the cut and color with Marshall for two months out (he always books up and it is so hard to get in with him!) Well, he had to cancel two weeks before because he is a foster parent and was placed with his first little baby!!
They called me to reschedule and the only person available to do it before I left for Belize was Tobie Huff. I was super hesitant. This was a huge project and I wanted someone I trusted. I just hadn’t heard anything about her and had never seen her work. They assured me she was great so I ended up booking it.
I AM NEVER GOING TO ANYONE ELSE NOW for my cut & coloring! Seriously she killed it guys. I can’t believe I ever doubted her. And she was so confident too like she had done it a million times.
I showed her these photos:
*the first, second, and fourth photos are all Sincerely Jules from Instagram or Pinterest. I pulled the third photo from Pinterest and not sure what the original source is since it has been repinned so many times!
Tobie asked if I wanted that same kind of dimension with the color and I said yes!
She asked how far I wanted the balayage to go up to my roots and I said I wanted just a few pieces here and there to make it up that far.
She asked where I parted my hair so I made sure to tell her the middle and side so that when she colored it I could still do both.
The girl in the third photo has a lob (a little longer in the front than in the back.) She asked if I wanted that too and I said yes, but a faint one- not too drastic!
She asked how light I wanted it and I pointed to the last photo above.
*I do want it a little lighter on some of the pieces in the front, but we wanted to wait to see how light it got once the toner wore off a little before re-booking. Now I will probably wait until after my Belize trip to also see how much it lightens in the sun.
Things to Know Before You Book:
-This specific style is balayage.
-if you have color treated hair (not just the roots) it will take completely differently and you may have to go in a few times to get it to where you want it. I had only had root touch ups for the past couple of years so my hair took the color very well and we only had to do it once!
-Don’t leave the salon until you have it exactly how you want it. Tobie checked with me a million times (after the color, after the wash, after the blowout, and then before I left. She wanted to triple check and make sure I loved it before I left. Don’t be afraid to speak up to your stylist if you want more layers or you want it lighter or darker!
-If you get home and decide you want it a little lighter or shorter, book your appt for about two weeks out. Give your hair some more time before you decide. It will get lighter as the toner wears off and after a couple of washes and may also get lighter in the sun.
Pros to Having Short Hair:
1. It’s fun. It is always fun to do something extreme to our hair. Makes me feel like a new woman! We all get bored. Sometimes we spend tons of money and do tiny changes every now and then. I wanted to chop it off knowing that it will always grow back.
2. It’s easier. It takes me about 30 min LESS to do my hair now. My hair is also naturally curly, so with long hair it would take forever to blow out straight and style. It blow dries super quick now and I can style it in 5 min! I also get Brazilian blowout on it (going for my next one in a week), which cuts that time down even shorter and eliminates the frizz. I go to Julius Holder (who I have been going to for 10 years!)
3. You can donate it. I couldn’t donate mine though. I could barely hold my hair it was so gross.. which brings me to…
4. Your ends are probably completely dead anyway. It is time to start fresh and grow out some healthy locks!
5. It’s in style. The lob is in right now.. so if you have been putting it off NOW is the time to act!
6. It will stay curled up to four days without me even having to touch it up. I literally curl it on Sunday and it is still curled on Wednesday when I wash it again! Long hair is heavy so it pulls the curls out faster. *scroll to the bottom to see which products I use.
7. IT GROWS. Guys, you will have your old hair back in no time if you don’t like it! This isn’t like a tattoo!
8. You never know how it will look on you until you try it. You could chop it off and wonder what in the world took you so long. This style could be made for you and you don’t even know it! Since cutting mine I have gotten tons of messages saying ‘you look way younger now’ or ‘I thought your dark hair washed you out, you look much better with lighter hair’! Haha you may think these are mean, but at least they are being honest!
Cons to Having Short Hair.
1.Your boyfriend/husband may not like it. Troy begged me not to cut it. BEGGED. But guess what? He loves it and thinks it’s sexy!
2.It isn’t cheap. This cut and color costs around $300 at a really good salon (like the one I go to.) You could just chop and add the color later to cut paying that full amount all at once. You will also need to budget for maintenance. Tobie said I need to come in every 6 weeks to touch the color up.
Make sure you let them know you still want it to pull up into a pony or bun! You don’t want to have to bobby pin your hair everywhere when you go to the gym (unless you are going for a much shorter look of course!)
Products I Use to Style:
Babyliss Straightener: I use this first once over to give it a sleeker look before curling. This will also help get more of the beach wave. Any straightener will work! I have just had this one for 5 years and love it!
T3 wand: They used a curling iron a the salon and it took like 30 min! With this wand it takes me 5! If you get the T3 Interchangeable wand you can change out the barrels to give you different sized curls!
Oribe Texturizing Spray: This will give you some dimension with your style. It also helps to spruce up your curls on the second or third day without actually having to re-curl again! Oh and you can use it if you tease your hair before putting it up!
Aveda Smooth Infusion: My hair is naturally curly so this helps with the frizz.
Aveda Styling Foam: This helps my hair hold it’s curl longer! I rub a small squirt of this and the smooth infusion together and apply it to my damp hair (a little goes a long way!)
Oribe Nourishing Oil: Apply this to your ends at the end to give it some serious shine! You only need the small bottle.
I HAD to show you guys these old photos because they crack me up. They are from 2015 when I cut 8 inches off my hair and decided I wanted to full on bleach the bottoms haha!
Please comment below with any questions!