“Where do you get your balayage done?” While this question was completely harmless and with good intent, I was horrified to hear that my roots where so dark that someone actually thought I had paid to have my hair look that way. For those who don’t know, this is a balayage – a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect. Beautiful for some, but certainly not the look I was going for.
I knew I needed to get my hair highlighted immediately. When looking for a salon in the DC area, I’m always a bit hesitant for two reasons. One, it literally costs an arm and a leg to get your hair highlighted in the district. Two, my best friend’s Mom has been one of the few people to color my hair ever, and since the 6th grade at that. Any blonde who gets highlights knows that there is a lot of trust involved when someone colors your hair and that it can go TERRRRRRIBLY wrong.
When I connected with AC at The Shop Salon in Bethesda, my fears were immediately put to rest. We had a great consultation over the phone, discussing my hair texture and thickness and what color I was going for. We decided that Bruna, one of the amazing stylists at the salon would be the best match for me. Just a short walk from the Bethesda metro station, the salon is conveniently located downtown. It’s bright, with amazing natural sunlight and the walls lined with some of my favorites from Bumble and Bumble.
Bruna and I chatted about what color and the thickness of the highlights we thought would be best and off we were! She used so many new products I had yet to try but now love - particularly this Kevin Murphy UN.TANGLED leave-in conditioner, which smells amazing. I also love love love Redken’s Anti-Snap for a leave-in treatment – I’ve been using it since the 4th grade.
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After a few short hours, I was blow-dried and curled to the nines. My hair has honestly never looked better. I loved the soft, beachy curls the team showed me how to replicate with my new favorite line from Bumble and Bumble, called Surf. This line is a saltwater-based styling spray that adds texture and volume that gives my hair a fresh-off-the-beach look. The Surf line even has seaweed and kelp extracts for enhanced moisture. The foaming mousse also has a beach protective blend with coconut water that protects hair from the drying and damaging effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB ray. See, even your hair needs sun protection. #wearsunscreen #seriouslyladies
Anywho, the whole team at The Shop Salon was incredible and super attentive, which I truly appreciate. I give my highest recommendation for blondes or really, anyone in the DC area to visit The Shop Salon. I can’t wait to go back! Gone are the days I’ll go that long without highlighting my hair. Buh-bye balayage.
Make sure to check out The Shop Salon and tell them that Libby sent you! A special thank you to AC and my new friends at The Shop Salon and Bumble and Bumble for partnering with me. As always, all of my opinions are 100% my own.