Whether you’ve never dyed your hair before or you are a hair dye veteran, odds are you have heard of both ombre and balayage hair. Your local hair salon in Bristol can show you, there is nothing quite like the smooth transition from one shade into another to please the eyes and make you feel like a millionaire.


Some people might have a hard time differentiating between the two similar, but oh so different, techniques. Although both are very popular and stunning colour styles, you probably want to make sure you know what you are asking for before you take the leap and dye your gorgeous locks.


What is Balayage?

Balayage is derived from the French word that translates in English to ‘sweep’. What this means is that the colour is swept throughout the hair in a subtle and gentle manner.


A balayage manages to achieve a low maintenance and still stunning look with little to no upkeep from you. Seeing how a balayage starts away from the roots and is so subtle it is not necessary to constantly take a trip to the local hair salon in Bristol to get touched up, unlike some other techniques that start to lose their appeal as the colour grows out.


What is Ombre and How is it Different?

Ombré, much like balayage, is also taken from a French word, this one meaning ‘shadow’.

A balayage, as you have learned, is a very gentle transition between different shades that sweeps through the hair and creates a very subtle contrast, but an ombrė on the other hand is a less subtle but still beautiful nonetheless transition from one (usually darker) colour into a much lighter one.


An ombré usually starts with a darker root and transitions into a lighter shade that requires bleaching. The contrast in ombré hair is a lot more striking. If you are going to have either of these colour techniques performed on your hair it is always recommended that you leave it to the professionals at your local Bristol hair salon.


Which is More Expensive Between a Balayage or an Ombré?

Getting your hair coloured by a professional takes time and a lot of patience. You are not going to achieve salon quality looks by trying to cut costs. The feeling of shining, healthy hair is well worth the extra money you will spend.


Because a balayage is a more detailed and unique to everybody process, it is naturally going to cost a bit more. A full balayage will also cost a bit more because as stated above, it requires far less maintenance and upkeep than an ombré style. If you have any questions regarding the cost or process don’t hesitate to reach out to your local hair salon in Bristol.


How Long Does a Balayage Take?

A beautiful balayage done by a professional can take time, but the amount of time spent in the chair will be well worth the gorgeous result that you are left with in the end. You will leave the salon feeling like a brand new person. A proper balayage can take anywhere from one to four hours depending on your hair and the colours you have decided to go with. Though it may seem like a long time, your local hair salon in Bristol will make sure you are comfortable, and you will be leaving the salon feeling like a film star in what feels like no time at all.

How Long Does Balayage Last?

If you are spending your hard earned money and your valuable free time getting your hair done odds are you are going to want lasting results. The best thing about balayage hair is that when it is taken care of properly, it can last for four to five months without requiring any touch ups. When you do start noticing your colour losing its vibrance and in need of a touch up make sure to visit your local Bristol hair salon to ensure that your hair gets the proper treatment it deserves.


If you’re ready to give yourself your balayage or ombré hair dreams, get in touch with us today to make a booking.



Updated: Jul 28

Shopping for shampoo is simple, right?


Sure, you can walk into the drugstore and grab any bottle off the counter, and it will clean your hair. But something you will find out if you get in touch with your local Bristol hairdressers is that not knowing your hair’s needs can really hurt it in the long run.


Shampoo is not a one size fits all product. Everybody has a hair type, texture, volume and many other defining traits that emphasise just how unique your hair is. Having that extra shine and healthy bounce can do wonders for your self confidence, and it’s only fair that you give yourself the boost you deserve. Looks aside, let’s get into some other reasons that you should consider ditching the drugstore bottle and heading to your local Bristol hairdressers to find out which detox shampoo is the best option for you.


It Makes Your Hair Healthy and Light

Opting for a detox shampoo, some of which are available at your local Bristol hairdressers, is choosing the more natural path to get rid of residue, minerals, and oils.


Other hair products can make your hair look fantastic for a certain amount of time, but they leave buildup that weighs your hair down and can cause changes in texture and overall health over time. A good detox shampoo will help to remove any buildup left behind by other products and leave your hair feeling lighter as well as giving it more bounce and shine. How can you not want to (quite literally) feel a little less weight on your shoulders?



It Gets Rid of Hard Water Deposits

Hard water is an issue we all understand living in England, but do you know about the effects hard water causes to your hair?


If you ask your local Bristol hairdressers about the effects that hard water can have on your hair, then they will tell you that the abundance of minerals found in hard water crystalise on your scalp over time, hardening it. Thus, limiting the amount of hydration and moisture that your scalp receives and causing damage to it as well as your hair.

A good detox shampoo will rid your scalp of the excess minerals and allow your pores to soak up all of the wonderful moisture that leaves your hair looking and feeling strong, healthy, and beautiful.


It Removes Salt Water and Chlorine

Who doesn't love to take a nice relaxing dip in the pool or swim in the sea to escape the heat of the summer?


As much as you might love the feel of the cool water soaking into your hair, one thing to keep in mind is the negative effects salt water and chlorine can have on your hair, causing damage that nobody wants to deal with. If you want to continue enjoying your favourite summer activities but don’t want to damage your hair, you’re in luck.


There are a lot of great products out there that you can use to protect it from the damage and allow you to enjoy the water without worry. Your local Bristol hairdressers can point you in the right direction when it comes to products, and you can purchase a number of products including Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash Detoxifying Shampoo right in the salon.


To Put It Simply


When it comes to your hair you want it to be healthy, you want it to feel and look great and you know that it is difficult to avoid things that can damage it. It is very important to go to your local Bristol hairdressers for regular cuts and treatments in order to keep your hair healthy and strong, but you can also take steps at home and using products like detox shampoos to prevent damage is a great place to start.


You notice your roots starting to grow out, your vibrant colour is beginning to fade, we know how tempting it is to reach for that box dye but if you resist the temptation, we promise your hair will thank you.


Head into your favourite hair salon in Bristol and talk to your hairdresser about the options that will leave your hair refreshed, revived and gorgeous without the risk of damage due to harsh chemicals.


Drugstore box dyes are a seemingly great way to go, they are convenient, fast and most of all they are budget friendly, but you will never have that fabulous shine and light as a feather bounce that only comes from a trip to a professional hair salon in Bristol.


We could sit here all day and talk to you about how fantastic it is to get your hair coloured by a professional hairdresser,, but let’s talk about why it is so important to do so.


1.Nobody applies hair colour like a professional


There are many reasons to take a trip to your local hair salon in Bristol and let a professional hairdresser colour your hair, but one big factor to take into consideration is the application.


Sure you can pour a bottle of dye in your hair and lather it up like shampoo and sure, to the blind eye it might look fine, but when you really look at it you are bound to notice uneven colour and patches of hair that are missing colour altogether.


Uneven hair colour can be quite unpleasant to deal with and why put yourself through that if you don’t need to? You lead a busy life and the last thing you need to worry about is covering up those pesky spots and worrying about being embarrassed by your hair.


2.Your hair is just as unique as you are


One size fits all may work for some things in life, but your hair is not one of them.

At BME Salon, a hair salon in Bristol we are aware of that, and we will go above and beyond to make sure we find a colour formula that works for you personally. When a box promises to give you a beautiful and vibrant head of hair regardless of your hair type, it is safe to say that maybe you should put it back down and go see a stylist.


At the salon, a professional will use a certain amount of toner and developer for your particular type hair, you can not get this level of attentiveness from a box. If your shampoo and conditioner are intended for a certain type of hair then there is no way that a box of dye filled with harsh chemicals can magically colour any type or texture.


3.It is incredibly difficult to come back from the box


Maybe you’re in a pinch, maybe your favourite hair salon in Bristol is all booked up this week, and you’re in a hurry.


There are a lot of possible reasons that grabbing a cheap bottle of dye might seem pretty enticing, but one thing we urge you to consider is how difficult it will be to repair any unnecessary damage or correct any colour mishaps you are left with. Virgin hair is every stylist’s dream for the simple reason that there is no previous colour or chemical for them to fight with.


Every box is different, and every person’s hair is different. There is no telling how your hair is going to react to certain colours being placed on top of existing colours. If you walk into a salon after dying your own hair, you need to be ready to spend a little more time as well as money to get your hair back to that gorgeous healthy state in which it once was. What once seemed like a cheap alternative to a salon grade colour has now turned into a much more expensive and time consuming option.


Ready to get your dream hair at the salon?


To put it simply, hairdressers exist for a reason. If we could all just do our own hair and have it look and feel the way we do when we leave our local hair salon in Bristol, we wouldn’t need salons in the first place. Next time you are browsing your local drugstore and you see that box with the beautiful model smiling back at you through a veil of stunning, vibrant locks, please keep in mind that model did not achieve their beautiful colour from a box dye.


Come in and visit us, you won’t regret it.



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