Frequently asked questions

BALAYAGE

What is Balayage?


Balayage comes from a French word “Balayer” which means to sweep or paint. It is a ‘technique' where hair color is painted onto the hair to create a graduated or blended, softer, less stripy or streaky, more natural-looking highlight effect. These hand-painted highlights provide brightness and contrast throughout the hair while keeping a natural, “lived-in” look that is super easy to maintain.




Why is Balayage so popular?


  1. It requires less maintenance than most hair color. Since the process is designed to give the grown-out roots a more attractive and natural look, it takes less work to maintain. Maintenance can be between 3-6 months between visits, depending on each person. However, we do recommend coming in at least every 8 weeks to get a toner as brassy tones can begin to peak through.
  2. It is more personalized. Every balayage is different: Placement, gradation, and color is based on your hair color, texture, and length. It can be personalized to each client's preferences and to highlight or soften facial features. Our stylists always take into consideration clients skin tone and natural base color to determine which tones will work best for them. Please keep in mind when browsing through our that no two balayages should look the same.
  3. It's trendy! Look at Kardashians and Chrissy Teigen, those are some gorgeous balayages!




What are differences between Ombre, Balayage, and Highlights?


The terms " balayage," " ombre," and highlights" are all various styles and techniques that refer to the same goal: lightening the hair. They can all be combined for your desired look. In short, Ombre and highlights are a bit more of a style while Balayage is a technique. Ombre means shaded from dark to light. Balayage can be used to create ombre. Highlights, on the other hand, are usually placed close to the scalp and they are will delivery more bright, noticeable lines of color woven throughout the hair.




How long does Balayage take?


4+ Hours




What is the recommended follow-up period between each visit?


Maintenance can be between 3-6 months between visits, depending on each person. However, we do recommend coming in at least every 8 weeks to get a toner as brassy tones can begin to peak through.





OMBRE

What is Ombre?


Ombre means shaded from dark to light. In most cases, you will see color starting around mid-way, giving a sunkissed effect. You’ll also notice the ends of the hair get a lot lighter with ombre than they might with balayage, since the entire strand is saturated with bleach for a more solid finish. With balayage, strands are sparingly painted, and those that are dyed blend up higher into the hair.




How long does it take?


4+ Hours




What is the recommended follow-up period between each visit?


Ombré can last a long time depending on the type of highlights you start with and personal preference of how much root you prefer. It can last from 4-8 months, however, we always recommend clients to come in for maintenance visit every 8 weeks to maintain a smooth ombré look.





HIGHLIGHTS

What are Highlights?


Traditional highlights use a foiling technique in which strands of hair are lightened from root to the ends in a specific sectioning pattern leaving some natural hair in between each foil. Foil highlights are placed close to the scalp delivering bright, noticeable lines of color that are woven throughout the hair from roots to end. Wrapping hair in foil allows the color to develop more quickly or lighter more quickly than it might with just hand-painting, which is why many stylists still use some strategically-placed foils, even when balayaging.

The color will look more uniform in a structured pattern. If you desire dramatically lighter hair, highlighting is the route you should take.




What are Babylights?


Babylights are super-thin highlights, essentially mini-highlights. They are weaved super thin and smaller gaps are left between foils to create a more natural blend with the base color. They do not necessarily create dramatic dimension but more of a subtle sun-kissed look.




What is the recommended follow-up period between each visit?


Highlights show more of a regrowth line which leads to more frequent visits to the salon. To keep up with your highlights it’s common to get it retouched every 4-6 weeks.




What are the differences between Babylights vs. Highlights?


Highlights are standard weaves with more dimension throughout the hair and the foils aren't packed so tightly. Babylights are very tiny weaves with less dimension, creating a brighter blonde because of the fine and tight sections.




How long does it take?


4+ Hours





TONER

What is a Toner?


A toner is a color used to enhance or neutralize warm tones that are seen within the hair. This is mainly used after highlighting hair, a toner does NOT make your hair lighter.




How long does it take?


2+ Hours




What is the recommended follow-up period between each visit?


A toner is recommended every 6-8 weeks after your color service to achieve or maintain a more natural-looking dusty, ashy, or platinum blonde.




How does Toner work?


Unless your hair is naturally a very light blonde, it has shades of red and orange pigment in it. When you lighten your hair, the bleach has to work through each of those pigments to lift the color away. After bleaching, your hair may still have unflattering brassy undertones. That’s where hair toner comes in. Hair toner products neutralize unwanted warm or brassy tones to help you achieve a shinier, healthier, more natural-looking shade.





KERATIN TREATMENT

What is Keratin treatment?


A keratin treatment is a process that smooths and shines frizzy hair. It requires very low maintenance.




How long does it take?


4+ Hours




What is the recommended follow-up period between each visit?


Keratin treatment can last from 4-6 months, and you can even do it again every three or four months so that your hair looks impeccable. Keep in mind that this is as long as you care for a keratin treatment by not washing your hair too frequently (2 to 3 times a week).




Is it different from a chemical relaxer?


Absolutely. While keratin treatments are temporary and wash out after a few months, straightening chemical relaxers are permanent.




I had a color service, can I still get a keratin treatment?


Absolutely! Unlike chemical-straightening relaxers, you can safely apply a keratin treatment to dyed hair without the risk of damage. We recommend clients to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for maintenance.




How does Keratin Treatment work?


Our hair is made of 70% protein, Kertain being one of them. Over time, the hair loses keratin from exposure to the sun, environment, styling, and chemical services—causing porous spots to develop. Most frizz, damage, and tangled hair is due to overly porous hair. Keratin treatments fill in the gaps where keratin has been depleted. The result? You hair is left with a healthier, shinier appearance.