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What is the Balayage Effect?

Balayage is still one of the most requested hair trends, in Salons everywhere!!!

Everything you need to know about the biggest colour trend since Holly Golightly’s highlights.

First aflutter in Vogue forums in 2005, balayage is the most popular hair colouring request in salons today. The go-to for modern, chic hair, balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with a sun-kissed finish.

Vogue speaks to colour expert Rosie Hardy of Sydney salon Colour Lounge to find out everything you need to know about this popular technique.

What is balayage?
Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. Balayage can be used in even the shortest pixie crop however the best results is in hair below the shoulders.

The appeal
You can achieve so many different effects from soft, natural highlights to something strong and punky. The fact it’s so low maintenance is such a drawcard for women too. People want to look fashionable and feel good about their appearance but in this day and age we don’t all have the time to be in the salon every few weeks for a touch up.

It’s also a very economical way to colour your hair as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so if you can’t afford to get it done for another month it won’t look atrocious. However, if your balayage isn’t done correctly you can end up with excessive overlapping that can cause damage.

How it’s done
The process varies depending on the length of the hair and the desired result. You can expect to have individual strands coloured with a brush and a backing board. Some colourists like to separate their sections with cotton wool or foil, others tease the hair in sections first then freehand colour the ends.

I find that all my balayage clients are going for different looks and need to maintain it at different rates. You will need to have a minimum of three appointments to really build up the colour initially. These appointments are spaced six weeks apart. From there you could go up to four months without having more balayage. You would just need to come in for a toner and a treatment to freshen up the colour in between appointments.

Is it for me?
Balayage is best done on natural hair, but never fear, most of the work I do to create a balayage look is initially done with foils until the hair is ready to have only balayage. There are many different techniques that people use to create this look. If you’re seeing a colour specialist they should always be able to come up with a technique to achieve the look you desire that best suits your hair type and colour history.

The best hairstyles for balayage
I always love to see balayage finished with loose curls or a beachy, tousled look where you can see the colour variations ribbon through the hair. Sharp, strong haircuts like a bob require a stronger colour or a block colour to show off the cut. Balayage is best left to more flowing hairstyles.

Top maintenance tips
Balayage will dry your hair out no more than classic foiling as long as you have a trained professional applying your colour. As with foils you should always use salon professional shampoos and conditioners as well as have regular treatments. No matter what the technique, your colour will always look its best if your hair is in good condition.

Does balayage have an expiry date?
The technique has been around for so long and will remain an integral part of the way we colour in the salon for as long as I can foresee. However, the trend at the moment with the heavy graduation from dark to light is constantly changing. It started out about five years ago being very subtle with people like Gisele Bundchen being a favourite. A more natural, sun-kissed effect was desired then. In the last few years we have seen much stronger effects being worn, for example [stylist] Pip Edwards, who has really taken it to the next level. This winter we have seen the same techniques used but with a warmer, deeper feel. Lots of celebrities have their balayage finished with copper or red glosses and this is now being called the new ombre look.

Alternatives to balayage
At Colour Lounge I love to use different foiling techniques to create a more structured, gradual fade out effect. I put more ribbon-sized weaves with a lighter colour through the interior of the hair then I work up to deeper colours and softer weaves as I work up to the hairline and partline. It’s a truly beautiful way to create variation in the colour while maintaining a more structured technique that can be worn in many different styles.

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TOPSHOP opens in Sydney!!!

Details about Sydney’s Topshop store opening have finally emerged.

The news has finally been confirmed – Topshop will be opening its doors in the Sydney Gowings Building from October 2012.
According to the brand, the flagship store will feature the same selection of “trend-driven pieces, specialised collaborations and bespoke services” it’s renowned for. In other words, Sydney-siders will be privy to all the collections available internationally as well as the popular free styling service, which is good news for die-hard fans.

Managing Director for Topshop, Mary Homer, said she was confident the store would be a hit.

“We are very excited about the imminent launch of Topshop Sydney in October 2012, a city known for its trend-setting and fashion conscious crowds,” said Homer. “I feel confident the TOPSHOP aesthetic will strike a cord with the effortlessly chic Sydney market and build on the phenomenal success of our Melbourne flagship store.”

The news means a big shake-up for Sydney’s CBD, which has seen a number of international brands join its shopping line-up in the last year, including Zara, Miu Miu and Christian Louboutin.

“We are partnering with Topshop Topman to create a dynamic Sydney space whilst providing a uniquely British shopping experience,” said Hilton Seskin, Chairman of Next Athleisure. “The end result will be a match made in heaven for Sydney fashion lovers. Topshop Topman are on a mission to shake up the retail landscape in Sydney, bringing their own style to our incredible city.”


*Article featured in Marie Claire..


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Monochromatic Fashion!!!

With Spring/Summer fashion starting to hit our shores and stores, there’s a new trend in fashion that’s making a big hit…Monochromatic!!!

Monochromatic is all about creating your whole outfit in one colour!!!

As seen on A-list celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Heidi Klum and on almost every Spring/Summer runway show overseas. But you don’t have to be an A-lister or have a trust fund to afford this rich look. All it takes is a keen eye and a love of color to pull it off.


The possibilities are endless when it comes to wearing this trend, it works in virtually every shade of the rainbow and can be worn in every season. The only trick is to keep the shades of your outfit in the same hue of colour. So, whether you’re a bit daring and choose a bright colour or you prefer to play a little safe in muted tones and natural hues…there is a look out there for you. Practice it in spring, carry it through to summer and rock it from head to toe in winter. Monochromatic fashion is anything but one-dimensional!

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Dita Von Teese – Lingerie collection!!!

madison magazine meets Dita Von Teese…

There is something about Dita Von Teese that has us in awe. She’s a reoccurring fixture on best-dressed lists and she’s someone who burlesques to the beat of her own drum. A front row regular at shows like Dior and Marc Jacobs, the elegant 39-year-old always manages to blend on-trend pieces with her impeccable vintage tastes.

Soon we’ll be able to get a sample of her sensual style with the launch of Von Follies, her lingerie collaboration with Target. Dita will present five collections, comprising of 26 striking pieces, which include touches of wild animal print, ruby toned satin and jet black lace with intricate ribbon detailing. In stores from the 8th of February, these sensual, affordable indulgences will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A former buyer for a lingerie store, Von Teese told madison that her followers come in all shapes and sizes, so, fittingly, her feminine range caters for up to size E busts and size 20 hips.

Dita Von Teese - Lingerie collection!!!

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