My Balayage Experience at Get Dolled Up Salon with Melissa

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I love getting my hair done period. So when Melissa from Get Dolled Up reached out to me offering a balayage and hair cut experience at a Shorewood based salon I couldn’t say no!

I switched from highlights to balayage in 2014, when I saw an picture on Instagram and knew that my hair didn’t have to look stripey, but could have a beautiful blended effect. And have been a balayage convert ever since.

Melissa spent about 4 hours on the cut and color but it was so worth it! Last time I got my hair done I wasn’t happy with the cut. The girl cut out a weird bang portion that I was looking to get blended in, resulting in me requesting Melissa to take about 2 inches off.

The balayage looks amazing, I got baby lights added, which I’ve never had before, they make the blond strands stand out even more. I also got to try Schwarzkopf hair dye again after a very long break. Schwarzkopf is a really popular brand in Russia, but having been living in the States for a long time, and coming from Minneapolis, which is Aveda central, it was a nice change.

Now bleached hair can be tricky to take care of, that’s why I also want to share my favorite products that help me keep my hair looking blonder and healthier longer.

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  1. Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner – use these once or twice a week to keep your hair from looking too yellow.
  2. Maple Holistics Grapeseed Oil – rich in vitamin E, it’s perfect for hair growth. I love deep conditioning my hair and massaging my scalp with it about once a week.
  3. Coconut Curls by OGX – even though my hair is pretty straight, I use this product on my ends to keep them from being too dry.
  4. Matrix Heat Buffer – a must have spray for every time I use a styling tool, like the GHD curve featured in last weeks Beauty Brunch Post, a blow dryer or a straightener.
  5. Matrix So Long Damage Iron Tamer – a cream type of heat protectant. I use this on damp hair more than anything. The heat buffer (#4) is perfect for dry hair.
  6. L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil – perfect for a finishing touch to make my hair smooth and shiny. See the full review on L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Hair line on my YouTube channel.
  7. Dessange Paris Color Restorative Top Coat Serum with UV filter – same idea as the oil above, but the UV protectant makes it my number one choice!

I hope you enjoyed my hair transformation and find my list of products helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and what your opinion is! Have a product that works for you? Please share that as well in the comments below!

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Welcome February. It is my least favorite month of the year, good thing it’s a short one, right?

About a week and a half ago I got to visit Heather at Bella on the Bay in Excelsior. Out of all small towns around Lake Minnetonka Excelsior is by far my favorite, and now I get to go there to get my hair done, that is until I move to Wisconsin 😉 but even afterwards I will probably schedule my hair appointments around my trips back to Minnesota. To make a long story short, she did an amazing job with my balayage and I can’t wait to go back for my haircut at the end of the month.

It’s so nice to have a friend at school who will take pictures for you. My friend McCall joined the College Fashionista team, and we got to take some pictures last week between classes. And it has somehow worked out that McCall and I are taking most of our classes together this semester. So much for the U being a big school. Here is to 23 credits my friends!

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Beauty Brunch: Camille Albane Salon in Maple Grove

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My last hair cut wasn’t the bomb. I had a really hard time with it. It looked good when my hair was curled, but when it was straight you could see it wasn’t blended enough and my top layer stuck over my bottom one a good 2 inches. And you know it’s not a good hair cut when you come to work and your co-teacher tells you that it looks weird. I do appreciate the honesty though.

So when an opportunity came up to visit the new Camille Albane Paris Salon in Maple Grove, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

Last Wednesday after a long and tiring day at work, I drove up 169 all the way to Maple Grove to this brand new salon. The calming white interior, Coldplay through the speakers and incredible staff helped me relax and forget about my troubles almost instantly.
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Black capes are non-existent at Camille Albane Paris. You wear a white robe instead, which creates the atmosphere of a spa, and not a salon.

Tammy, the manager, and my stylist for the night was attentive and addressed all my concerns, answered all questions and was so much fun to talk to. She even saved my pink extension I got at Glamorama 😉

In addition to the haircut I also got a balayage. It was a little different for me, because Tammy didn’t wrap my hair in Saran Wrap, like they usually do at Aveda. The formula that they use doesn’t dry out as fast, so that wasn’t necessary.

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Camille Albane Paris was founded in France, where they have the laboratories and create all of the products. The other salon in the United States is located in Boston.

Camille Albane is a breath of fresh air among the existing salons in the Twin Cities area. It’s new, different, and adds to the edge that we’ve been missing here in the Midwest.

And this Wednesday, August, 13 the salon has it’s official opening. I would love to see you there! So if you are planning on coming make sure to send your RSVP to RSVP@lolaredpr.com. Hope to see you there.
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The salon is located at 7808 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN 55369 between Panera and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Phone # 763-316-6957

Replacement

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We often replace things in life. And this time, I had to replace my chambray shirt, that I wore out in about 2 years. It’s hard to part with an item that has been there for you when you didn’t know what to wear. It’s hard to find a replacement. I finally understand people who buy several different shirts or tops of the same kind, maybe in different colors, but, you get the idea. Last week during my thrifting escapades I found this JCrew chambray shirt, and, there it was – my new chambray.

I also went and got balayage done last Saturday. This time around Charlie did an even better job, and it didn’t take me too long to realize that I am not a highlights person. But a balayage is right up my alley. Having my hair bleached definitely helps wash it less over the summer, because it doesn’t get greasy as fast. Another lesson I learned is that I probably shouldn’t go 4 months between the appointments.

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Happy Monday!

The Balayage Effect

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Last Saturday I went to Juut Salon in uptown for my very first balayage appointment. I found the colorist on Instagram. See, being addicted to Social Media isn’t that bad after all! Besides, Charlie did an awesome job! The process took a pretty long time, I was there for 2.5 hours, which made me glad I booked it for 9.30 am! I had such a fun experience though! Balayage is not your original highlights (this article has some really great info!), and the effect is absolutely different. Highlights always make me stripey, when balayage is more of an all over color with a highlight effect. Plus I got my hair wrapped in saran wrap, which was definitely new and different, and super fun! 

Of course the main judge was at home, I hope you’ve guessed that it’s Sam 😉 He loved it! And when I told him I was going to go even blonder in April, well, that just made his day!

Enjoy the photos, and let me know if you’ve ever done a balayage, do you dye your hair? Any tips you want to share?

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