Balayage in Richmond VA

If you’re in search of the sexy sunkissed highlight effect, balayage is the way to go. It also has another added benefit: Longer lasting results. “Since the grow out at the roots doesn’t leave you with a line of demarcation, you can wait a bit longer before getting a touch up,” he says. Foils usually require a visit to the salon every six weeks, but with balayage, a client can go eight weeks or even longer.

Dimensional Hair Color



Anyone can color hair, all you have to do is go to the drug store or the supermarket, purchase a bottle of hair color, read the directions, mix the color, apply it to your hair, shampoo it off and, like magic, you have just the color you've always wanted to be...Right?...Wrong.

Hair coloring is far more complex. It is an exact science. To be a hair colorist, you need the skill and understanding of chemistry, and have the creativity to select just the right shade desired. Couple this with the patience to select hundreds of tiny strands placed in just the right areas of the head to be lightened, and you can understand that today's hair colorist is a skilled specialist.

If you are one of those unlucky ones who has found out the hard way that all hair salons can not color hair, or if you use the same color on your hair that your neighbor uses and it doesn't come out the same, or the first time you colored your hair, it was perfect and now it is much less than perfect, you've learned that hair coloring is a bit more complex than the TV commercials would have you believe.

Our philosophy of hair coloring is one of natural looking, healthy hair. So whether you want to be a sultry brunette or a radiant redhead or one of our believable blonde shades you can be assured that your hair will always be in the optimum condition.

Changing your hair from a mousy brown or a aging gray to a soft appealing shade can make a definite change in your outlook. Suddenly you feel more attractive, desirable. Changing one's hair color has helped many of our clients make positive changes in their lifestyle.

A complete change may not be for you. You may have perfectly lovely natural hair color, we can enhance your natural hair color with an infinite number of exciting, color flattering effects. We are absolutely sure of our hair coloring, because our methods of determining the final color is unique.

The most important factor that the HairArtist has to consider is determining which hair color is just right for you Like selecting a hairstyle, the HairArtist must consider many factors when selecting a hair color. The hair color must blend well with your complexion. Too little contrast and you will look washed out. Too much contrast and the hair color can look too hard and unattractive. Your hair should frame your face in a medium contrast. Either slightly lighter or slightly darker. Other factors are your age, the length of hair, lifestyle, whether you plan to perm, the amount of gray hair and your natural hair color category.

Dimensional Hair coloring
Dimensional hair coloring, the play of soft lights...gentle shadings or dramatic accents streaming through your hair; nature doesn't color hair in one solid dimension. Healthy, young natural hair almost always has variations of color, highlights or shadings running through it. It is these shimmering nuances of color that give hair special radiance and beauty. We use the very latest professional hair coloring techniques to place the highlights or balayage just where you need them. Our techniques allow us to get closer to your scalp, which means less frequent retouching.

Medium Weave on Blonde Hair
Remember when you were younger and you had the time to spend in the sun? Soft highlights will do the same thing to your hair. By isolating small sections of hair and using a gentle lightener on those sections, you create an effect that looks exactly like the sun did it. No one will ever know!

Tortoise Shelling
You start with natural dark hair or hair that has been colored; then add streams of caramel and amber shades. The result is a beautiful blend of colors that will enhance any hairstyle. It is truly a beautiful effect.

Amber Lights
Amber color streaks marbled throughout the darker hair. Almost the same as tortoise shelling; only the hair is lightened lighter; then a toner is applied. The effect is very striking. This dimensional hair color will add fashion and flair to your hair.

Redheads have always been special, because they make up such a small percentage of the world population. Redheads create a challenge. It takes special skills to maintain a beautiful red shade. So if you have a yearning to brighten up and draw attention to yourself, becoming a redhead will do it for you. Our team of HairArtist have learned to master the red shades, so if you are looking for a flaming titian, a delicate strawberry or a deep auburn, we have the skill to do it for you.

Deep Rich Redheads
Burgundies, mahoganies, plums and eggplant all make such beautiful, rich, deep red tones that enhance darker hair. If you are one of those lucky people that can wear these tones, come in and let us glamorize you. If you are not sure if you can wear these colors, ask one of our hair color experts.

Muted Reds
Soft natural reds. Our most popular redheads. Just enough red tones to be a standout but not so red to be defiant. Come in and try it on. You'll love it!

Dimensional Reds
Our HairArtist have this special way of creating the most dramatic reds available. By first lightening streaks of hair blonde, then putting a red tone over the entire head of hair, you get a beautiful dimensional effect. A look that will turn heads.

Golden Reds
The most natural looking red tones are those that are golden toned. Variations of gold and amber tones give the hair a beautiful rich glow. It is hard to tell our golden reds from the real thing.

Gray Reduction
You can remove just some of your gray hair without making a total commitment. It requires our hair color specialists to color only portions of the hair to match your existing natural hair color. This technique is the favorite to those that do not want anyone to notice that their hair was colored.

This haircolor is accomplished in the same manner as tone on tone. Using a slightly darker haricolor, cover the gray hair. Add to the hair, streaks of caramel colored highlights. A truly beautiful effect for someone with graying hair.


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Acquaint yourself with Balayage

Level ChartIf you’re looking to brighten up your look with some sexy sunkissed highlights, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the increasingly popular balayage highlighting technique. In major cities across America (yes, including celebrity hubs like LA and NYC), balayage highlights have become just as popular, if not even more, than traditional foil highlighting. “Balayage is considered to be a specialty technique because it requires skills and training along with a naturally creative eye" says RockstarHairArtist Sterling Harrelson, a highly sought after stylist offering his guest Balayage in Richmond VA.

Ask the Salon these Balayage Hair color Questions:

If you book balayage Sterling, He will guarantee your color will be beautiful. He will also tell you if you are not a good candidate for this service. It is naturally warmer and diffused at the root. So if someone is used to power blonde at the root, its not for them. Be cautious when booking this service and always ask these questions:

1. How long has the stylist been doing balayage and where did she/he train?

2. Do they use a special product designed for balayage?

3. What method do they use?

Number 3 is important. There are several types of balayage- most colorists just don't know!

So ask these questions before you book. If you do your research you will end up with beautiful highlights that grow out well. If you don't, you could end up with a preschoolers project on your head instead of the awesome balayage color you paid for!

Balayage, which is a French word meaning "Sweeping" creates the most natural-looking results because the professional HairArtist paints on the highlights by hand, and can place them throughout your hair in a more truly “sunkissed” and natural pattern. “When using foils, you work row by row, which makes the highlight pattern leave lines on the head which are not sexy! With balayage, you have more flexibility on where you want to place the highlights so the resulting look is truly sunkissed like you spent the last two weeks in Hawaii,” says Sterling.


If you’re in search of the sexy sunkissed highlight effect, balayage is the way to go. It also has another added benefit: Longer lasting results. “Since the grow out at the roots doesn't leave you with a line of demarcation, you can wait a bit longer before getting a touch up,” he says. Foils usually require a visit to the salon every six weeks, but with balayage, a client can go eight weeks or even longer.

The “painting” of the hair also creates a more natural-looking color. “With balayage, I start painting the color on at midshaft which is where the sun naturally hits your hair the most. Then, I gently paint up to the roots, which makes the growth at the scalp look more gradient. Using foils, the entire section is coated evenly with color, then wrapped up in the foil, and the heat from the foil makes that piece uniform in color from roots to tips. Also, because you work in rows, the demarcation at the roots [when it grows out] leaves a clear line of demarcation” explains Sterling

Balayage dark

However, if you have dark brown or black hair, balayage alone may not be the best option for you. “To brighten up dark hair, you need the heat from the foils to achieve a higher and brighter level,” cautions Sterling . “I sometimes like to use multiple highlighting techniques on a client to create a mix of bold and natural-looking highlights. It’s important to find a colorist who knows how to do multiple techniques to achieve balayage highlights on dark hair. They truly are different and it’s about choosing which one is good for you, as opposed to finding a colorist who just does one technique or the other. Also its important to remember that Lightening your hair is a Color Story that can take time to achieve the desired result, so listen to the advice of your HairArtist who has your hairs integrity in mind” advises RVA Hairstylist Sterling Harrelson.

balayage before and after

And a final word, no matter which technique you get: “It takes up to 3 days for the cuticle of your hair to close after its been opened during a coloring process, so try to wait that long before shampooing. You can rinse and condition your hair, but don’t wash it with shampoo. Use a recommended dry shampoo if needed. This is especially important for redheads,” Sterling cautions