Star Spangled Style + Balayage Hair Review

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Happy Thursday – I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  For some reason today really feels like it should be Friday which I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing!  Today’s look is a cute & simple one that is also perfect for 4th of July next weekend.  Denim shorts are a summer must-have and I always size up in my denim shorts compared to jeans because I like a looser fit during the sweltering heat of the summer.  I recently picked up this white peplum tank from Old Navy (only $15!) and I love how light and airy it is!  One of my favorite looks for July 4th (and also Memorial Day like back in this post) is a simple white tank, jean shorts and red or blue accessories (like these).  So simple and you can probably recreate from items you already have in your wardrobe!

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I’ve been meaning to do a review on my balayage hair color that I had done back in April for quite a while so I thought today would be the perfect time!  For those of you that haven’t heard of balayage, it is a hair coloring technique in which the hair color is painted on by hand and creates a very natural, sun-kissed look (read more here!).  I had only had my hair professionally colored once prior to this (although I’ve randomly colored it at home for years!).  Honestly, I never wanted to spend the money to get my hair professionally colored before because I was worried about the upkeep – I didn’t want to ever have the look of “roots” or feel like I needed to go to the salon every 3 months to get my hair recolored.  Ombre hair has been a big trend over the past few years, but I had seen way too many friends & coworkers get botched ombre dye jobs that it kind of steered me away.

When I heard about balayage, though, I was so intrigued!  All of the pictures I searched on Pinterest looked so amazing so I decided to try it out back in April.  The whole process (color + cut) took about 2.5 hours because my hair is so long and thick and all of the color is painted on by hand.  I am obsessed with the results!  Because it is applied to the bottom of the hair, I never have to worry about what it will look like as my hair grows out.  I also love how natural it looks!  It’s kind of funny because when I first had it done most people around me noticed something was different but couldn’t quite put their finger on what exactly had changed.  I, however, notice a huge difference!   A good example of what my hair looked like pre-balayage can be seen back in this post (or any post prior to that one!) so when you look back at those pictures you can really tell the impact the color had on the overall look of my hair.  I would definitely recommend this hair color treatment for women that want a natural look, don’t want to have to worry about upkeep, and even for ladies that don’t ever color their hair but want to try something new (it’s a nice stepping stone into the hair coloring world!).

Have you ever tried balayage or another hair coloring technique that you’ve loved?  Let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

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