My Perfect Blonde Natural Balayage Hairstyle

A Perfect Natural Blonde Balayage Hairstyle

Can you believe it’s been just over a year since I had my hair cut? And around two years since I had it dyed? It’s been crazy! I’ve always loved having my hair blonder (it’s a dark natural blonde) or getting a fresh style, but the last couple of years have been quite challenging with the nerve pain as I regularly have a sore scalp that feels like it’s burning when you touch it. The past few times that I went to the hairdressers, I ended up getting burned because of the hairdryer and the pulling on my hair was too much for me, it resulted with me having watering eyes at one point because of the pain, so I’ve been put off going. As much as I disliked my hair (it was looking like Hagrid) I was too nervous to go to a salon and have it done. To cut a long story short, I’ve finally had it cut and dyed!

I’ve known Lucy for quite a while as she used to train at the hairdressers I used to go to, so over the past however many years she’s become a fantastic hairdresser and is highly skilled in the balayage department (you only have to check her Instagram to see that). I knew she did mobile hairdressing and worked one day a week in a salon somewhere else, so I thought I would message and explain the problem with my scalp and see if she could do what I wanted. I was delighted when she said it wouldn’t be a problem, so I booked in for a few weeks from then. Thursday was the day I spent about 4-5 hours at the hairdressers having the blonde balayage done (which I am sure you saw on my Instagram stories) and I couldn’t be happier! She was super gentle, no burned head, no tugging on my hair – I felt no pain! Now I know I have a hairdresser who I can see regularly!

So let me explain what I’ve had done as it’s quite simple really in theory, but it looks a lot different compared to my before and after pictures. The natural blonde balayage was done using a bleach that doesn’t really smell and Lucy painted it only my hair to create the natural look. The whole dye process took about 90 minutes to put on my hair and then it took quite a long time to take and go the correct colour as my hair is really thick and can be quite coarse. After that, she washed it and left a purple toner on for a while to take any brassiness out of the bleach colouring and what I was left with is this gorgeous warmer, honey blonde in some areas and a brighter, white blonder in others, layered against my natural darker blonde and I think it looks beautiful! As for the cut, I had about 3 inches taken off, had the weight taken out, and my side fringe put back in.

I don’t always leave the hairdressers 100% happy every time with my colour as my hair is a nightmare to work with (it regularly turns orange) and I’m often left with yellow tones that I don’t like very much, but this time I can safely say I am so happy! I love it! I’ve never had such a natural looking balayage and in some lights you can’t even tell as it just looks sun kissed and naturally lightened, especially when the sun shines on it as you can see just below. I’ve not stopped looking at it in the mirror and although I know the process takes forever and I don’t like spending so much time at the hairdressers in one go, I’m excited to keep it looking fresh and have it done again in the near future. I wont be waiting a year for sure this time! I’m thinking 3 months for a cut and maybe another colour around Christmas time as this is going to look beautiful with more roots as well. I do recommend Lucy to you if you’re local to the Bath/Frome or surrounding areas and are looking for a skilled natural balayage hairstyle! Best money I have spent in a while! What do you think of it? Do you like it? Lorna xx.

Here’s some iPhone shots of the process at the salon, but you can see more on my Instagram hightlights (@LornaRaindrops) as there’s video too! Hope you like it!

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  1. Ali
    July 2, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Absolutely stunning x

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Amie
    July 2, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Looks amazing!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thank you!

  3. July 2, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    I love the new colour Lorna! Looks fabulous! πŸ’•πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      Thank you, John!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you, Amy!

  4. Mile High Dreamers
    July 2, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Your hair looks AMAZING! Finding a good hairdresser is like finding gold and you’ve GOT to keep them. I’ve been going to the same girl since I was 16 and never plan to change because she’s crazy talented. So glad you were able to find someone who was actually gentle AND gave you what you wanted! You’re glowing!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much! You’re right! It’s definitely like finding gold, ha ha!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much!

  5. Sabrina
    July 2, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    beautiful

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 2, 2018 / 11:09 pm

      Thank you!

  6. July 3, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    I think your hair looks beautiful! I can see why you’re so pleased with it! πŸ™‚ It looks lovely, and really suits you! A big bonus was that it was pain free for you too! πŸ™‚

    Hope you are having a nice start to your week πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 3, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Mica! So glad! πŸ™‚

  7. July 3, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Hey Lorna!

    Just catching up on some reading here, I feel bad I haven’t been able to visit in a while. So sorry!

    Your hair looks WONDERFUL! A couple refreshing highlights and a good cut always makes everything so much better. I’m so happy for you! Now you got me thinking I need to book an appointment… yikes!

    Hope you’re doing well and enjoying your Summer!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 3, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much! Really pleased you love it! And no worries, I know we all get super busy!

  8. July 4, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Even i am a natural-born-blond girl, I still struggle with this color (I loved it to be lighter πŸ˜‰ )
    but I stoped it, because it never turned out good looking. Your result is amazing, the balayage turn out AMAZINGLY.

    take a look at my Blog and my Instgram

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Yeah, it can be difficult to get πŸ™‚ It works well with bleach on natural blonde hair though, like mine, even though it’s a darker blonde now.

  9. Jodie
    July 4, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Your color turned out fabulous Lorna!!
    I’ve given up coloring mine for awhile, but this makes me want to dive back in again!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thank you, Jodie!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thank you!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Thank you!

  10. Lindsey Puls
    July 5, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Your hair looks so beautiful, Lorna! Makes me want to do some color again. πŸ™‚

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 1:12 am

      Thank you!

  11. Amy Arnold
    July 6, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Your hair looks sooo good! How great to find someone who understood your needs and who you can start seeing regularly.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      So glad you like it!

  12. July 6, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    I just LOVE it!!! Looks so beautiful on you!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you!

  13. July 6, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Wowzie your stylist did a phenomenal job! Your hair looks amazing. And so glad you found a process that is less painful. I have never had color done that well. I am thinking of cutting out my highlights. My natural hair color is dark brown so highlights can be very damaging as the darker your hair the longer you have to let the bleach sit, and the longer the bleach sits on your hair the more damaged it becomes.

    It gets too dried out, so at the end of summer I am going to cut a lot of them out and take a break and then look for a really good colorist. I get the impression that stylists in the UK do a really good job.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 11:33 pm

      Good luck with it! Yeah I’ve had some awful bleach horror stories in the past! I used to have black hair basically, and a guy bleached it all over, it was orange! And it felt so brittle and awful. I took years growing that out and getting my hair back to a good condition, so I feel you there! Hopefully yours works out! So glad you like mine!

  14. July 8, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Wow, your hair is really gorgeous dear! You’re really rocking this style, looks amazing on you.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 8, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Jess!

  15. July 9, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    I love balayage! I used to have crazy brown/blonde balayages when I was younger. Nowadays I keep it a bit toned down but I do fancy a bit more highlights now after seeing your beautiful hair! πŸ˜˜πŸ’žπŸ’–

    http://www.elegantduchess.com

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 9, 2018 / 11:00 pm

      So glad you like it!

  16. nobasisinreality
    July 10, 2018 / 9:55 pm

    Loving this color on you! It brightens up your whole look!

    xx,
    Meredith
    LATEST POST | INSTAGRAM

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you!

  17. July 11, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I think it looks terrific and very natural indeed. πŸ™‚ You’ve made a great choice and it suits you perfectly. I’m a bit amused by the process photos though… it looks like you have to go through something out of a sci-fi movie to achieve the look. πŸ˜€

    • Lorna
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      That’s why I thought I would include them, they are quite comical with those lasagne sheets in my hair!

      • July 12, 2018 / 10:25 pm

        I didn’t think of lasagne… you’ve made me hungry now! πŸ˜‰

        • Lorna
          Author
          July 15, 2018 / 8:53 pm

          Well you did now πŸ˜€

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