hair lingo and what you need to know.

You want to book an appointment for color but aren't sure what you need or how to tell your stylist what you want. Here is an easy breakdown for some of the different hair techniques / popular styles of color that you may want or not want. I will also try to help you understand pricing and what to expect in each service as well. 

Balayage : Balayage is a technique that gives beautiful and very natural looking highlights. The technique generally uses a traditional bleach and processes either with saran balayage wrap, foil or cotton. This technique can be done on all colors / types of hair and is a very subtle, soft process if done correctly. You can do a base touch up with a balayage highlight and / or lowlight and most of the time a stylist will finish the service with a gloss or toner. Prices will vary depending on your hair length, texture, current color (are you solid brunette or do you already have a lot of highlights) and where you live. The salon may or may not include the base color and toner, you can always ask ahead of time what is included so you are prepared for a final cost. 

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Hairpainting : Hairpainting is a technique that can replicate very similar results to traditional balayage but can also create a more seamless and blended highlight. I use hairpainting to recreate the most natural of highlights, like a child's natural color, but also can get great lift all the way to the scalp and replace traditional foil highlights with this look as well. Hairpainting is a technique that uses clay base bleach and generally is done with an actual paint brush. Most hairpainting prices do include a toner or gloss, but again check with your stylist to see what is included in each service.

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Babylights : Babylights are a form of very thinly woven traditional highlights that are tiny and blend beautifully; blondes, think Jennifer Anniston or Julianne Hough and brunettes, think Jennifer Lopez or Maria Menounos. They create an over all much lighter look without the definition that traditional highlights can give. They are great for blondes, obviously, but also transitioning to an all over lighter color without distinct highlights, for blending grey, and blending a full bleach and tone. This technique tends to be very time consuming as it is meticulous so can be an up charge for some stylist from traditional highlights.

Root Shadow : Root shadowing is a toning effect for highlights and lowlights. You can get the perfect rooted look while doing this toning technique. This creates a soft root for easy maintenance and a natural looking outgrowth that might otherwise not look as soft if the blonde were all the way to the root without a gradual fade of tone. This is an easy update for any blonde or bronde wanting change but with baby steps, ask your stylist for this and expect a small extra charge for more toner. This is perfectly paired with babylights for an updated take on an ombre style. 

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Among all these amazing techniques there is also foilyage, teasy lights, and other custom techniques that stylists are using to recreate their take on each style. Honestly, a true artist marries all these different technques to create a custom look for each client. It is a matter of knowing how to do each one correctly so that you can make it your own. Some of the world's most famous hairstylist only do traditional highlights or babylights and then rootshadow + tone to get the look of a balayage, there is no right or wrong if you achieve your goal with healthy hair! 

Costs for these more popular custom colors will almost always cost more than a base color and traditional highlights as they aren't done by every single stylist. Artists put money into learning these techniques through further education, the services are more time consuming, and more often than not use more product per client. Balayage, ombre, and hairpainting are a custom service, sometimes even a color correction technically, so they require a lot more from your stylist, so be patient with the process and understand that you are putting money into your goal of lower maintenance, beautiful, healthy hair. 

I hope this was helpful from a pro's point of view when you go to make your next appointment at the salon and I am here for any other questions you guys might have! 

XO

Lexi 

Mama's Banana Bread

Fall was here and now for some reason it's barely here in sunny Southern California, but I am forcing that autumn feeling regardless. The mornings and most evenings are chilly, so that is enough to sweat it out in a sweater and boots during the 80 weather during the day, ok?!

One of my most favorite things about fall (besides the fashion, the colors and the holidays...) is the food and the scents! My mom used to always bake us banana bread during fall and winter and I love making it myself, the smell filling our house. What is it about the smell of something like my beloved banana bread that will make any day that much better??

Mama's Banana Bread

Now days, baking has turned into such a fun / messy activity that I LOVE on a whole new level. Baking our family favorites with Cove and creating our own memories in the kitchen is the best. He loves to help pour in the ingredients and taste test the mashed bananas! He is known for liking it off the counter tops guys. It is seriously life giving and fills me with joy to see his little face light up baking and licking everything.

Mama's Banana Bread

A couple years ago, I wanted to just try and make the amazing bread a little lighter / healthier, so I started trying to substitute out some ingredients, like butter and sour cream. I am still always playing with it but here is my most recent version of my Mama's Banana Bread that knocks our socks off! Hope you and your family enjoy it as much as our does. 

Mama's Banana Bread

Mama's Healthier Banana Bread

  • 1 stick of butter - I replace with 6 oz of coconut oil 
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour - I want to try replacing with oat flour (finely ground oats)
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup mashed bananas - I usually use 3-4 brown bananas, the more wrotten the better.
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream - I replace with vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • *add 2+ tbsp of chia seeds 
  • *top with chocolate chips if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased loaf pan, this usually makes enough for one larger loaf pan or two smaller disposable tins. These can also be baked in cupcake tins and are a great on the go breakfast or snack! Top with chocolate chips if desired! Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk or hot coffee!

Father's Day!

This year Father's Day has got me all sappy, surprise surprise! I have 2 incredible Dads of my own, gained an amazing father in law and my favorite guy in the world is the best Dad to my own little man. The laughter, leadership, joy, silliness, piggyback rides, kisses, giggles, and love these guys bring to the table should never go unnoticed! 

Gift giving is one of my biggest love languages! I delight in picking out a gift, wrapping it up super cute, and giving it to someone I love. There is something so special about the art of wrapping and opening up a beautiful package! Enter Josh's Father's Day gift this year...

This year I treated Josh to an amazing keepsake, a Jord Watch. It's this beautiful handcrafted wooden watch (Josh is wearing the Conway) that will last a lifetime. Watches are so special to me and have became a staple in special occasion gifts from me to Josh; I gave him a Nixon watch on our wedding day and I remember picking it out with such joy. Something about time and how we watch it each day (in this case, it's on perfectly crafted wood on your wrist!) is a beautiful gift to your loved one!

A Jord Watch would be an amazing gift to any of the men in your life.  I love Josh's watch so much that I have teamed up with Jord Watch to offer one person a $100 off any Jord Watch purchase, and $25 off for anyone who enters the giveaway! Just click the link bellow before June 25th to enter the giveaway and enjoy a beautiful crafted watch for yourself or that sweet Dad in your life!

This post was sponsored by Jord Watches but all oppinions are my own.