How I Balayaged My Dark Brown Hair At Home

Hi friends!

I recently had the urge to change up my hair, so naturally I went to youtube to find out how to do it myself. What I found was loads of at home balayage tutorials, but very few of them were on hair that was a dark as mine. Soooo… I made my own! Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/7QzLq52Rygk

Before

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After

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I used a combination of the teasing method and my own method of choosing small pieces and bleaching them for a more effortless and dimensional effect. Here are the steps that I took:

  1. Section hair off into 3 chunks – one on each side of your face and one in the back of the head.
  2. Mix up your bleach powder with developer according to the packet instructions. Add Ion Absolute Perfection Booster.
  3. Starting with the front sections, take small slices of hair and tease them.
  4. Apply the bleach to the hair left out of the tease.
  5. Process according to packet instructions, wash and dry hair.
  6. Asses where your hair could use some additional lightness and apply bleach to small pieces of hair, blending it well where the bleached part of the strand meets the unbleached part of the strand (see video for clarification).
  7. Process, wash and dry hair.
  8. Mix up root smudge colour with developer and apply at roots, blending a couple of inches down into hair.
  9. Mix up end toning colour. I used wella colorcharm demi-permanent hair color in 6N and 7A. Apply liberally to remaining hair.
  10. Brush hair from roots to ends using a wet brush or wide tooth comb to bend the dark colour into the light.
  11. Process, rinse and apply colour protector treatment.
  12. Rinse and style as desired.

Products used (all from Sally’s Beauty Supply):

– wella color charm demi-permanent hair color (3N, 7A, 6N)
– salon care 30 vol developer
– salon care 10 vol developer
– l’oreal super oreal blanc professional bleach
– ion after color treatment packette
– ion absolute perfection booster
– ardell unred
– plastic bowl and brush
– rattail comb (for teasing)
– latex gloves

xoxo,

Caitlin

Inexpensive Upgrades To Make Your Home Feel Fresh For Fall and Winter – PART 2

Hey friends!  Happy Friday!!

Today is the second instalment of my Fall/Winter refresh. If you missed my post from yesterday, check that out to see my first 5 tips.

  1. Complete all those little tasks you’ve been putting off: We all have that mental list of things we need to do… eventually. Hang that picture, get that dripping faucet fixed, have a new key cut, etc. These nagging little tasks often get pushed aside in favour of more pressing issues – rightfully so. However, setting aside half a day to knock all these little things off your list will not only make you feel great about your home, it’ll give you such a sense of accomplishment for FINALLY completing them.
  2. Clean or replace (and donate!) old throw blankets, pillows and rugs: Textiles can really cozy up your home. With constant use and wear, they can begin to feel a little dingy. Tossing throw pillow covers and blankets in the wash regularly will keep them feeling and smelling clean. As for your carpets, a good vacuum and an inexpensive cleaner (which can be found online or at Walmart/grocery stores) will make a world of difference.
  3. Deep clean your fridge and freezer: I happen to be pretty good about cleaning out the fridge and keeping things tidy. Even so, I’m always amazed at what a good purge and clean with hot soapy water can do for it. Bonus points for purchasing a new package of baking soda to keep things smelling fresh.
  4. Purchase new candles and candle holders: There’s nothing quite like candles to create a cozy ambiance in the fall and winter months. Walmart and Amazon are my go-to place to buy inexpensive candles (non-scented – I prefer to keep things natural with essential oils because allergies). Cute new candle holders can be found at Ikea, Structube or Home Sense for cheap. You can also check out second hand stores or garage sales. Pick up a few different styles of candle holder and spray paint them all the same colour for a fun DIY project.
  5. Clean your carpets and deep clean your hardwood or tile: Buy, rent or hire a carpet cleaner to clear out all the gunk and dirt that a vacuum cleaner just can’t reach. Clean dust out of hardwood corners and give them a good wash and finish up by cleaning tile grout with a toothbrush. Super clean floors make a beautiful canvas for a fresh home!

I hope you enjoyed my little mini-series. Have a great weekend!

xoxoxo, Caitlin