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what is bayalage?

Up until a few years ago I always had my hair highlighted but it’s the pits when it grows back in and your roots come back in a straight line. GROSS. I’ve been getting bayalage for a couple of years now and I’m so surprised how many people have no idea what it is! Articles have been popping up touting it as the best new thing, but it isn’t new. I mean, just look how long Giselle has had her golden locks!bayalage | as GOLD as it gets

A few things about bayalage: It is the best if you want your hair color to look fresh, and not extreme. If you might wait a little longer in-between touchups, I usually go six months which is honestly a little long but I get my hair cut about every 3 months or so and thats the best timing for me and if you want to minimize damage from coloring your hair.

bayalage | as GOLD as it gets

Excuse the 8am in-car photo: You can see that while my hair had grown out – it didn’t have a straight line of where my hair had grown in.

bayalage | as GOLD as it gets

Your colorist will paint or sweep the color onto your hair. This isn’t done “perfectly” like highlights where they basically measure and weave the color pretty evenly throughout your hair. It is actually pretty amazing how the colorist will pick and choose which pieces to apply the color too. It is totally freehand. Once they have applied all the color you get saran-wrapped and you sit without heat for about 30 minutes. bayalage | as GOLD as it getsThis was waiting for the valet to get my car…you can see that it doesn’t look drastically different, just brighter and fresher!

If you are looking for bayalage in the philadelphia area I highly recommend Kristen at Adolf Biecker salon! She’s fantastic.

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Dry Damaged Hair – be gone!

If you have thick/curly/unruly hair, you are no stranger to dry damaged hair. It’s a fact of life.

I’ve been working with my hair stylist for THREE years to nurse my hair back to health. I’ve started to take it really seriously this past year and I’ve seen so much improvement. Of course, what works for me, might not work for you. But you might find something to improve your hairs state.

dry damaged hair be gone!

dry damaged hair be gone!

Drybar Buttercup Hairdryer
: Yes, you’ll want to hate yourself for succumbing to the price tag – but its literally a game changer and QVC has a really great package deal for less than the dryer costs on its own! (and these clips are amazing)
Marc Anthony Repairing Macadamia Oil Deep Healing Conditioning Treatment: at $2.99 you’ll fully forgive yourself for splurging on the hair dryer. I stumbled across this at the check out line at Ulta and was totally skeptical but it is absolutely THE best deep conditioner I’ve tried. I get about 4 uses out of the packet.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Oil Color Care Shampoo + Conditioner: This is shockingly good for just over $3/bottle. The color care actually makes my color look so vibrant that it actually looks like I just got my hair colored.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightner: Apparently it progressively straightens your hair…not sure because its just as curly but SO much easier to straighten. Whatever these plant extracts does, it does it real goooood!

Of course you still need to find a hair stylist who is skilled to your hair and knows what you want. Regular trims are essential in getting your hair to grow, ironic as it is! If you are looking for someone in the greater Philadelphia area I recommend Elena at Adolf Biecker Center City!

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My must-have hair prep

For as long as I can remember I’ve been the girl that every hair stylist, mom and friend will comment- you have so much hair! Yes, yes I do. Its naturally curly and terribly thick and in 8th grade I started straightening it…and its been a relief ever since. Since my first in my bag post was a hit- I thought I would share what goes into my hair prep!
1) Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave in treatment, Straightening Gloss and Air Control Hair Spray- I dont know what I would do without them…except have dried out wild hair. I’ve alternated some of the products with others to save money- but they are worth the chunk of change in my eyes. My first year of college in Boston I found the most incredible salon- Pyara.  I found a great stylist and little did I know the obsession I would have with Aveda products and salons. The products are pricey but they do last, smell incredible, and truly are the only thing I’ve found so far to rule my locks.
2) As I mentioned before- my hair is thick and curly and therefore I like to have to deal with it as little as possible- enter Tresemme Dry Shampoo. I bought a sample size a few months ago thinking it was going to be a miracle spray- it wasn’t. I was disappointed until I gave it another try and perhaps I shook the bottle more…whatever it may be, I think it works great now. It can definitely get you through the ” I should have washed my hair last night, and I’m running late to work” mornings.
3) Chi Flat Iron- nothing else compares. This one is light weight and much cheaper than other Chi products. I’ve had mine over a year and its still going strong. I much prefer this to the other brands I’ve had that are cheaper.
4) When did these elastics come on the scene? I think they are fabulous, my hair is loving not being tangled and I somehow feel more trendy and “in the know” because people ask me all the time, “what is that?” and I get to tell them “oh, this? my hair elastic?” I probably seem like a snob, and I’m sorry- but they are awesome, and you shouldn’t judge them until you use them!
5) This is a superb hair dryer. I’m sure there are better with sending out super ions to your hair and such. But lets be real. You want your hair dryer to dry your hair, with minimal fire and brimstone hitting the cuticle. In my book, if your hair doesn’t catch fire and it blows more than a light fan- its a fine dryer. I travel quite a bit for work and this is THE best thing because the cord retracts. That in my book, is how to define a great hair dryer!
My must-have hair prep

Glam Bands hair accessory


Aveda hair care

Aveda hair care


Aveda hair care
$29 –

Aveda hair care
$28 –

Aveda hair care
$27 –