Why I Quit Doing This One Thing To My Hair

Balayage is such a popular hair technique but with long lasting damaging results – something I’ve learned the hard way over the past 2 years. When I first did it, I was so happy. My hair was sort of blonde and I felt like my hair was finally trendy. But as the months went on, I realized I was paying a heavy price for it.

Here’s what happened to my hair because of doing balayage:

 

01/ My then stylist went too blonde too fast  – to the point where I looked I had clown hair. My stylist didn’t take my root color into consideration and rushed to process during each appointment. I had jet black bangs with blonde on the bottom of my hair….akward.

02/ My hair started breaking – I would try to take care of my gorgeous caramel/blonde locks only to find tons of hair at the bottom of the shower and on my brush. It would take forever to grow because it would just break (didn’t use any heating products by the way!).

03/ The color turned brassy – no amount of purple shampoo stopped my color from going orange. And every time I went back to a redo, the stylist toned it but wouldn’t do much else.

04/ My hair started costing me over $300 every 2 months – I would go back for toners, to blend things in more, to be less blonde, to get it close to the root. But nothing helped it look any better.

 

What I do now instead and how I keep my hair healthy:

 

01/ Got a new stylist who took care of darker hair – he took me from an orange clown into a more subtle bronze when I first came in and it was fabulous! The next thing he did was dye my hair back to black, my natural color. I wanted to get rid of the blonde and my hair looks healthy now. Consider your natural color before making any drastic changes. The upkeep is very difficult!

02/ Deep condition – I deep condition 1 time a week because my hair is only shoulder length. But it’s a good idea to condition color treated hair. I actually use the Restorative Hair Mask from MOROCCANOIL because it’s budget friendly, smells great, and actually treats my hair.

03/ Wash as little as possible – let your hairs natural oils protect it. I wash my hair every 2 days or so. Be gentle with your hair. Over washing can dry it out. If you have bangs that get oily fast, use a dry shampoo (here’s the brunette version) like this one.

04/ Air dry & be gentle – I try to do this as much as possible and usually shower the night before. I brush my hair from the bottom  and work my way up when it’s wet to help it break less. And remember, never roughly dry your hair with a towel, just pat. Use a detangling spray and detangling brush and work slowly.

05/ Use quality products but sparingly – detangler and heat protectant are important if you have crazy hair like me. But don’t use too much. Make sure you like the brand, the smell, and how it works. I love all of Drybar’s products for my hair care (but not everyday). Check out some of my favorites below.

 

I’m happy with my natural color. And to be honest, blonde just didn’t suit my skin tone. The cost of upkeep was ridiculous. The lesson I learned is that hair trends are not for everyone but you should try it out and if you don’t like it, don’t be afraid to speak up about it to your stys.st. You should never feel pressured to like your hair. But no matter what kind of style or color you’re rocking, if you’re happy and your hair is healthy, that’s all  that matters.

Have you ever done something that damaged your hair? What was it? What helped? Let me know in the comments below.

Shop My Hair Care

Leave a Comment

Follow Along

  • Are you into straw purses? At first, I was not into the straw circle purse trend, but now this has become my signature accessory. I get so many question & compliments on this purse so here are my answers:
-
▪️You have to travel light because this does open on its own if you carry too much
-
▪️Withstands the rain pretty well - so I will be taking this into fall
-
▪️To add a french touch, tie a silk scarf around the handle 💕
-
You can find this purse (plus similar ones) under $100 in the link in my bio or via by following me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #LTKunder100  #LTKstyletip  #LTKsalealert  http://liketk.it/2wVQl #liketkit
  • Where can I get one of those jobs where they pay you to stay at different resorts every week and take pretty pictures? Asking for a friend 😂
-
No but seriously. I need that resort life. I need Vitamin D and vitamin Sea. Who else is a beach babe??
-
📸: @lucciaphotos
  • The dinner party of the year with @pixibeauty at @edeninchicago last night celebrating not only their fabulous products but also the wonderful community built around the brand. From the influencers to the everyday users, @pixibeauty has created an atmosphere of care and love 💕 So honored to have been invited in this celebration. Thank you for a wonderful night!
-
Have you tried any Pixi beauty products? Which is your favorite? #pixibeauty #pixipartner #thepetitebijou
  • Chicago, my kind of town ❤️ I absolutely love this city in the summer. It’s filled with sunshine, laughter, and love. I’d love to know how many of you are from here or live here? I know I have quite a varied audience. Leave me a comment and let me know where you live! ❤️
  • QUESTION: Is Fashion Week relevant anymore? 👗🤔 Do you like seeing Fashion Week posts from bloggers?
-
The other day @jaceyduprie asked her followers a really thought provoking question about whether or not she should attend Fashion Week this year. This amazing post made me ponder my own decision on whether to go or not. A lot of bloggers are asking this question to themselves and to their readers. I'm not alone in thinking: is it even relevant anymore?
-
I went back to my journalism days to explore this topic in great detail and present arguments for all sides of the FW dilemma.
-
Click the link in my bio to read this post and let me know your thoughts. Is Fashion Week a YAY or NAY for you?
-
Are you a blogger? Are you going?
-
You can instantly shop this look here: http://liketk.it/2wRPi or by following me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app #liketkit @liketoknow.it #thepetitebijou
  • Now I turned this @galmeetsglam dress Victorian 😂 Jk, the house is Victorian. Me? I’m just here to show off all the pretty patterns 🌺🌸
—
Speaking of patterns, I’d love to know: is there ever such a thing as too much floral? I don’t see many people wearing floral patterns anymore. Thoughts?
—
This dress is still available and linked here or in the link in my bio ❤️ http://liketk.it/2wQwv #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKstyletip #LTKsalealert #thepetitebijou

Follow Me!