Blonde and beautiful: the balayage effect

Woman pulling her hair back off her face

As the summer approaches it’s time for a season of sun-kissed balayage. But with a major hair overhaul needed could the new Headmasters in Streatham Hill lift, lighten and live up to expectation?

In need of a low maintenance freshen up, I stopped by the newly launched Headmasters in Streatham Hill for a restyle and balayage with salon manager, Aaron aka hair god. Excited? Damn sure I was.

So what is balayage?

Balayage is French for ‘to paint’, a freehand highlighting technique where colour is applied by hand rather than using traditional foils. “It creates a rich and artistic effect that is unique to you” explains Aaron.

The result? Soft, blended and slightly ombre, balayage gives your hair real depth and dimension. It can be used in even the shortest pixie crop but looks particularly fabulous on long, wavy tresses.

Balayage hair

Bombshell blonde

From golden caramel to daring platinum there’s something to suit all skin tones. After a quick consultation with Aaron he was able to recommend a colour and cut that was both feminine and flattering for summer. A cool blonde balayage with a graduated collarbone lob (long bob) it was. HURRAH!

Loreal hair colour kit

Mane maintenance

As Aaron got to work hand painting my hair with a backboard he explained how there’s little to no maintenance required with balayage and how it’s great for busy Londoners.

As you’re not colouring from root to tip the regrowth is designed to look natural. I personally love darker roots because the contrast from blonde to brunette looks great in a cute top knot or slick pony. You can stretch your appointments up to three months before needing more balayage, and if you just want to freshen up the blonde all you need to do is book in for a toner and trim between appointments.

Headmasters Streatham Hill

Sit back and relax

After reading my way through their latest collection of magazines, charging my phone (YES… a salon to finally have phone chargers at every styling station!) and consuming several cups of tea, I was whisked away for a wash. Headmasters Streatham Hill comes complete with built-in massage chairs! Yes that’s right, you can now have your hair washed along with a full body massage at the same time.

Personalised haircare products

Personalised products

Aaron recommended four personalised haircare products that would protect and maintain my new baby blonde locks. His hero product to combat that inevitable moment when our vibrant shade loses its lustre is a silver shampoo. The purpose? Using a silver shampoo (it’s actually purple) once a week protects your colour from going brassy. It prevents your blonde from turning yellow and keeps your hair looking a classy shade of cool.

Curated cut and finish

Finally, to bring my fresh new balayage to life, Aaron got to work with the scissors to create a weightless shoulder-length lob. He also added a few secret layers to give movement and texture when creating beachy waves with a GHD wide barrel tong.

The verdict

From the colour to the cut I couldn’t be happier. Aaron just got it and effortlessly created a cute and chic style that left me strutting out of the salon beaming from ear to ear. Whether you’re considering a new colour this season or opting for a cheek-chiseling cut, I cannot recommend hair guru Aaron and Headmasters enough! From their blow dry menu, VIP club and 50% off colour sales, there is something for everyone. I can’t wait to head back for a pre brunch blow dry in a few weeks!

Shoulder length balayage

Not that you should need any more persuading but for all new customers to Headmasters Streatham Hill you can receive 50% off cut and style services when quoting ‘Brunch n Grind

Happy hair day ladies!

Kat x

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