Category Archives: Hair Styles

The History of Balayage

Alright Ladies, this month we have decided to give you a quick history lesson on one of our favorite colour techniques, “The Balayage!” This will include its history, when it was introduced in the US and how it compares to your regular “Foil Highlights.”

Balayage, a.k.a “sweep away” originated at the exclusive gorgeous “Carita” Salon in Paris in the early 70’s making a huge name for itself with it’s beautiful and effortless sun kissed look. While it may look simple to achieve, it takes a well trained eye to understand the hairs texture, movement and “random” colour placement necessary to create this look.


In the 70’s, this technique was originally called “Balayage a Coton” for it’s use of cotton strips to separate the coloured hair from the untouched portion. It was introduced during the time when our industry norm was frosting caps and solid colours, making the Balayage technique truly revolutionary for its time! In the 80’s the industry introduced many varieties of foil highlighting techniques and it wasn’t actually until the early 90’s that Balayage first entered the US by storm grabbing the attention of top celebrities and became one of the hottest colour trends to date!

It seems to me that most clients that highlight their hair on a regular are almost afraid of stepping in to the world of balayage as it is something “new” to them and may seem like a big change. Ladies, here are some great reasons as to why Balayage is our top choice for highlights over the Foil technique! When the hair is sectioned and “weaved or sliced” in to a foil, the whole section is saturdated in colour giving it a dense, uniform effect which gives it an unnatural appearance. Within weeks we start to see our regrowth or our “line of demarcation” and it seems we are due for a retouch.


By using the Balayage technique it is softly hand painted on the surface of the hair, leaving you with natural-looking swipes of colour going from thick to thin and play off of the hairs natural movement. By choosing Balayage, you can go months without retouching and it just gives that free flowing, untouched look. It can be done with any variety of colours making it flexible for your wants and needs and makes it more manageable for your wallets ladies! A little something to think about before booking your next colour service.


When booking your next colour service, what will YOU choose?

Your look book for Top 10 Everything to do with Weddings List 2014

So it’s that time of year again and wedding season is in full effect! Blushing Brides, Eager Grooms and Joyful Families come together to celebrate the union of two lovers ready to share the rest of their lives as one unit. What better time then summer to really explore with color options as well as venues, hair styles and centre pieces?! This year in fashion and decor “Anything Goes” really is the way to go my friends. Brides wearing untraditional gowns, weddings becoming more vibrant and chromatic. We have it all right here on all sides of the spectrum, from wedding on a budget to bold and daring! From simple and sweet to chic and classic! For the romantic in you or the edgy high fashion type, we ensure you will enjoy what we have chosen as todays best! We bring you some of the hottest summer wedding trends for 2014, from hair and makeup to gowns and flower arrangements, color schemes, themes, venues and more! Here are what we thought to be this years Top 10 Everything to do with Weddings List!

Top 10 Wedding Gowns!

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Top 10 Bridal HairStyles

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Top 10 Bouquets!

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Top 10 Center Pieces!

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Top 10 Colour Schemes/Themes!

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Top 10 Bridal Makeups!

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Top 10 Wedding Venues!

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Top 10 Places to Honeymoon!

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Top 10 Wedding Cake Designs!

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We hope you love looking through our photos just as much as we loved collecting them and putting them together for you!  Enjoy ladies 😉

Prom Hair Inspiration 2014

Sure, you can easily place a headband on top of your prom style but there are nicer ways of bringing something extra to it. If you’re looking to add an accessory to your hair style, try incorporating it INTO the ‘do’. Creating a hair style; whether an up do or simple curls, and bringing you accessory of choice into the style, making it look apart of the look is what makes a beautiful accent, rather than just placing something on top and hoping it may work, this usually makes a style look unfinished.  This stylin’ look combines sexy curls with a touch of retro for a brand new ‘do for your prom of 2014. Even if all you’re looking to do is throw some loose curls for a romantic look, work something a little extra into the mix, for example this photo shows a headband worn over top the head, with the flower place to the heavier side for focus and the other side wrapped into the band to a create a simple side sweep. This style will work for most necklines, and by adding a simple touch, you create a unique look of your own. So give it a try, take your accessory and think of different ways to WEAR it.

-clb team

Colour Max


Colour Max contains UV filters and Pureology’s AntiFade Complex. Use Colour Max on dry hair and comb in before you go out in the sun to block free-radical damage. Also, this protective spray evens out porosity in sun-damaged or hi-lighted hair. With aromatherapy blend of wild rose and sandalwood, this spray is perfect for summer.

Hair Thinning

Let’s face it. Hair thinning and loss can be a private panic for most women – and men. 

webmd_rf_photo_of_hair_loss_chartImagine if you will, the first time your client looked in the mirror or caught their reflection in a store window and truly realized it was serious. They couldn’t dismiss it any longer. The panic sets in.

That moment is not just about vanity. Hair thinning and loss evokes a physiological reaction, one that can result in a loss of self-esteem, perhaps cause depression, anxiety and lead to other emotional issues. For many, our hair is what makes us feel beautiful, youthful and well, healthy.

Being professionals, we want to help. But perhaps we aren’t sure where to start, or even how to identify the many factors that are attributed to hair thinning and loss. 

As a national educator on the topic, I’ve come across countless stylists and salon owners that ask me just that – how can they help their clients navigate the sometimes-complicated waters of “why” this is happening to them. And second, how can they help them find a solution?

To begin, we must understand that hair thinning and loss can be attributed to many factors and, often, combinations of those factors. Generally speaking, they may include:

 – Genetic predisposition (family history of hair loss)
 – Stress and trauma (constriction of blog supply; poor vitamin assimilation)
 – Nutrition and diet (high consumption of animal fats)
 – Health issues (thyroid imbalance)
 – Medication (side effect caused by chemotherapy or other medications)
 – Environment (pseudo-estrogens and pseudo-androgens)
 – Chemical damage (incorrect chemical processes applied to hair)

Most of these initial factors lead to a “miniaturization” of the hair, when hair follicle deterioration caused by pollutants or toxins caused individual hairs to become smaller and finer, until the follicle remain in the “resting” phase and is totally dormant. 

Sound confusing? It’s Ok. We are here to help. You can stop by our salon Char Le Blanc Salon & Spa so we can answer any questions you have.