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History Of Balayage

 

As a hairstylist, many of my clients come to me asking about the balayage color technique. It goes to show that balayage is something we all love and want, but most of us don’t really know what it is. What’s the history behind it? Why is it so popular?

Like many of the best things in life, balayage originated in France. It is a French word meaning “to sweep or to paint”. It creates a more natural, sun-kissed look without the obvious lines of demarcation that can be seen when getting foils. With the balayage technique you can expect fewer visits to the salon and less time spent on maintenance. The best part is that there are NO rules ! During the service, it is up to you and your stylist to customize your look produce the results that you are going for.

Many of us assume that balayage is a new technique, but surprisingly this French colouring technique was developed in 1961. Audrey Hepburn was one of the first mainstream celebrities to debut this look when filming “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when she transformed into her famous Holly character.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is another movie star who was praised for her beautiful sun-kissed curls during the sixth season of Sex in the City. Sparking instant demand, balayage, specifically ombre, quickly became a fan favorite and has remained one of the most requested salon services since 2007. During a time when the economy isn’t at its best, clients are rushing to the salon to get this beloved look where you can spend less and still look more glamorous than ever!

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Until today balayage stays number one color service in salons. My balayage favorites are Chrissy Teigen, Rihanna, Mila Kunis and Megan Fox.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 20: Model Chrissy Teigen visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 20, 2015 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
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Thinking of Getting Hair Extensions?

When my clients ask me about hair extensions I always say go for it. I personally have them and I absolutely love them!

I often recommend extensions to my “Bride to Be” clients, when they say :” The day of my wedding I want to look like myself but better”. There are different types: Clip-ins, Tapes, Fusion, Micro Link and Braidless Sew-In, that can be used for length or fullness. I want to introduce you to only two types of hair extensions, that from my experience are the best!

Clip-ins ….If you are a low maintenance kinda girl or just don’t feel like having them on all the time these are the way to go. When you are getting ready for a party or some other special occasion, just clip them in and take them out the same day. Beautiful result and no harm to your hair. You stylist should give you instructions on how to put them in.

Tapes… If you want longer lasting, more natural looking hair and have budget for it: they are great! You can wear them 6 up to 10 weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair, products you use (oil products are not recommended) and your lifestyle. I use Hot Heads Tapes because I love the quality and the selection of different colors that can be matched to clients hair perfectly. They also hold the curl nicely which is especially great for the “Bride to Be” who wants a down or half-up-half-down hair style. If you are wondering what the results are going to look like, take a look at before and after pictures bellow:

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And now you know the secret of perfect hair that you always see on Pinterest or the Red Carpet! And if you finally say “YES” you will never regret it, but I have to warn you about one thing: you can get addicted to it! Like beautiful Chrissy Teigen, for example :) She goes from newly cut Lob to Long hair and back ! “I couldn’t live without my hairs :( I felt more naked (then usual)” – she says. If you follow her on insatgram you might have seen this:

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Are you ready ? If so, let me know :)

 

A to Z of Wedding Style…”C”

Accessories

Small objects of adornment of or articles of clothing worn to complete or complement an outfit, such as jewelry, bags or scarfs.

“Brides love the complete look on their wedding day.” – Jenny Packham

“The less you can afford for your frocks, the more care you must take with your accessories.” – Christian Dior (1905-1957)

Bags

Receptacles carried in the hand or on the shoulder used for storing personal items, such as purse, diary, stationary, cosmetic products – and, in modern society – a cell phone and keys. Bags are always selected for their specific decorative qualities to complete an outfit. The carrying of handbags was established in the eighteenth century, prior to which decorative fabric pockets containing personal items were worn at the waist.

Bags come in lots of variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Bags now form part of a lucrative global market which luxury bags accounting for a significant proportion of designer sales. Hermes was the first designer brand to name particular style of their bags after actresses and celebrities – the Birkin bag, named after Jane Birkin, and the Kelly bag, named after Grace Kelly, being the most famous. This practice remains popular among contemporary designers.

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Not all brides choose to carry a handbag on their wedding day. Sometimes its not deemed compatible with the dress or the look they have selected; sometimes they already have other handled accouterments to conceder, such as a bouquet. Often it falls upon the made of honor to look after, and keep close at hand, the personal items a bride might require.wedding_bag

Gloves

Gloves represent another article of personal adornment valued for both their practical and decorative qualities. Historically gloves offered a protective covering against cold, heat and harmful substances. During the medieval period, however, woman started to wear linen and silk gloves as an ornament of fashion. From Elizabeth times, the upper classes began to wear richly embroidered gloves as symbol of wealth, status, delicacy and grace. In the 1940s and 1950s it was still appropriate for woman to wear gloves when in town or attending social occasions such as weddings.

“The trembling bride with inward joy

Pulls of the left hand glove,

That on her finger may be put

The pledge of mutual love.” – The Etiquette of Marriage, 1857wedding_gloves

Hats

Some brides prefer to wear a hat instead of a veil. They might be thought as a more pragmatic choice, as they can be worn again. It is customary for the mothers of the bride/groom to wear a hat that complements their outfit.

“Back in the day you would have a specific hairstyle to go with a hat. Your hat would only be a specific accent in your over all look, and hairstyle, makeup and outfit would all be coordinated. Make sure you don’t just wear an outfit and a hat, but your hat is a part of your outfit.” – Stephen Jones (b.1957) British milliner

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-“A to Z of Wedding Style” by Kate Bethune

Beauty

“Beauty is a secret. Keep it so. The average young male finds the fabrication of beauty either ludicrous and distasteful, or demeaning. Never let him see you doing ridiculous-looking exercises or in a masque. Never tell him you have a broken fingernail or gained four pounds, or can’t do a thing with your hair. Reserve these woes for your female companions who will understand.” – Vogue, April 1940

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Bouquet

Brides have been carried some form of bouquets since the earliest times. In Ancient Greece and Rome, grains were carried as a symbol of fertility. In the medieval and early modern eras, herbs were incorporated, owing to their medicinal qualities and a belief that’s they might ward off evil spirits and safeguard the bride and her future happiness.
The most popular shapes for bouquets are the teardrop-shaped cascade and the waterfall. These are elaborate formations and require a professional florists skilled in the art of wiring flowers.

Diana wore a large cascading wedding bouquet of white roses white scented stephanotis flowers. The wedding bouquet that Diana, Princess of Wales carried for her wedding in 1981 was made by Longmans Florists, who also designed and made the bouquet for the Queen when she married in 1947. The bouquet was a gift from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

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Many brides,however, favor small posies or simple, hand-tied bunches held together with a length of ribbon. These are easier to achieve, and artistic bride may feel comfortable making one herself. Pageants are also popular modern choice and take the form of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arm.

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wedding bouquetdonnie-wahlberg-jenny-mccarthy-wedding-11-560“Beautiful flowers can be ruined by a bad florist, whereas inexpensive flowers can be made into a fine bouquet by a good one.” – The complete Guid to Wedding Etique

Bridesmaids

Attendants of the bride who assist with wedding preparation, as required, and on the day in helping the bride with her attire. There is no prescribed number of bridesmaids a bride might have, although many tend to select a couple of close friends and have younger relatives, or the children of close friends, as flower girls. Increasingly, as people get married later in life, brides are no longer exclusively young or unmarried. Although bridesmaids are expected to complement the bride, they should not overshadow her and are, to all intents and purposes, pretty accessories.

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“The perfection of a perfect wedding also concerns the bridesmaids. Theirs must be the part to look charming, yet not too charming; distinctive, yet not too prominent – a subtle role to play.”- Vogue, April 1920

 

Cake

In early times, a wedding cake bore a closer approximation to bread than sweet cake, and it was filled with grains as a symbol of fertility.

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As trade routes expended in the XVI sentry, spices and preserved fruits were added to recipes, and a wedding cake increasingly began to resemble the modern fruit cake. Today couples are faced with a range of confections from which to choose.

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The cutting of the wedding cake can be thought of as the first task the married couple undertakes together, and the custom of the bride and a groom feeding each other the first slice endures a sa romantic tradition.

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The amount of cake the bride gives to her groom symbolizes the size of her love for him, while the amount the icing the groom leaves on his wives lips is indicative of the sweetness of the life he will offer her. Some couples keep the tradition of freezing the top tier of of a wedding cake and saving for their first anniversary.

Champagne

Champagne is a traditional drink for toasting the bride and groom at the wedding reception. Champagne’s association with French culture, its position as premium drink, and its effervescent qualities all connote luxury and situate it as “perfect” for a special occasion. The coast of champagne can, however, be off-putting. Unless the couples are connoisseurs, there are many good alternatives.

“[Here’s t]o you … if you are ingenious enough… to substitute for the traditional champagne, tall glasses of white wine, soda, ice and mint; or a punch made with domestic champagne.”

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“The choice of champagne itself involves a wide range in price, but not necessary in quality. While a vintage champagne will be expensive, a good non-vintage variety, French or domestic, might be better than some poor vintage years, and at a considerably lower price.” – Vogue, April 1941

Color

“The white gown is always classic, but a colored one is a modern standout.” – Vogue, June 2008

Although a white wedding gown persists as an idea to which many brides aspire , bridal wear doesn’t have to be exclusively white. While many woman do not feel it appropriate to fulfill the traditional stereotype of the innocent, virgin bride on their wedding day, other simply do not like wearing white or prefer to choose a gown that they have more chance of wearing again.

The vogue for selecting a colored gown is not new. The Romans considered yellow to be the most auspicious color in which to wed, as they associated the hue with with Hymen , goddess of marriage and fertility.

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Throughout the early modern period brides belonging to to the elite classes tended to marry in silk robes of rich colors. By the XVIII century , silver and gold were incorporated into bridal gowns for the prosperous, and patterned silks in yellow and blues were popular too.

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It was not until 1840 that white became established as the norm for wedding dresses, a development in large part a consequence of Queen Victoria’s decision to select white for her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in February 1840.

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A survey undertaken by the Daily Mail revealed that only half of brides in the period 2000-10 wore a white dress. The actress Julianne Moore opted for a lilac sheath dress by Italian fashion label Prada, which she accessorized with the chartreuse bag and shoes, for her 2003 wedding to Bart Freundlich.

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Elizabeth Taylor experimented with a few bridal looks over her eight marriage. For her fourth wedding to Eddie Fisher, in 1959, the actress selected a green hooded gown reminiscent of the popular medieval folklore character Maid Marian.

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Wallis Simpson broke with tradition when she married Prince Edward in 1937by wearing a simple, high-necked, long sleeved gown by American couturier Mainbocher (1890-1976)IN “Wallis Blue.”

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Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese married singer Marilyn Manson in a gold label gown of deep purple shot taffeta by British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood (b.1941). The dress bore all the hallmarks of Westwood’s style, including a built-in corset and billowing full skirt.

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To Ensure That You Have The Perfect Hairstyle On Your Wedding Day

 The relationship between you and your wedding day hair stylist is best built over time. The last thing you want is to leave things to chance and add to an already stressful day.  Time management is key. Look through the stylist’s portfolio and select options that you are willing to try.

Since everyone’s hair texture and length are different and color can play a role in the desired effect, choose more than one option that you would like equally. From there, follow  my easy step-by-step guide that will ensure that you look your best on your BIG day:

1.    Book your hair trial far enough ahead so you can discuss your ideas and concerns with your stylist.

2.    A few days before the trial send pictures of your current hair and your styling ideas. Pinterest is a great place to start looking for inspiration. You can always create a board and send the link to your hair stylist.

3.    The day before the trial, wash your hair like usual, letting it air dry or blow dry it straight. Make sure it is straight and can be easily re-curled and styled. Please DO NOT use tools like a flat iron, curling iron or anything with a temperature of more than 150 F.

4.    On the day of the trial be prepared to discuss what can be changed about your selected style to be best customized to your overall bridal look.

 5.    The morning of the wedding just follow step number 2.

Finally, keep yourself calm and RELAXED!!!!!! We know that it is possibly one of the most important days of your life, so trust that the people you have hired will deliver on what you have planned in advance. Unlike you, who gets married once, we work with brides all of the time and know how important it is to do our best.  Our job is for your to feel comfortable and enjoy your special day without the added stress.

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Choose The Best Hairstyle For Your Special Day

 

With the beginning of the wedding season I want to help brides to find the best hairstyles.

After a long research on Pinterest I chose the ones I loved the most.

You can see some retro and bohemian styles, messy and braided buns, classy and elegant updo ideas.

Choose the right one for yourself, depending on your hair texture, density and the length.

Also, you may go ahead and check out my board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Hope, you find this post helpful and enjoyable!

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  1. May I ask if you are available for a hair service on Jul 18, 2015 ?
    The venue is at Please Touch Museum.
    The get ready hotel will be Double Tree hotel on Broad street.
    Could you please give me more details?

    Thank You.
    Minnie

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