Best DIY Balayage Technique Ideas

Best DIY Balayage Technique Ideas

Meaning of Balayage: a technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

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From celebrities to housewives to college students, just about everyone has joined in on the balayage craze. No matter how many times it leaves the spotlight, it’s guaranteed to come back. However, getting it professionally done in a salon can cost hundreds of dollars. Thankfully, the technique is actually fairly easy to pull off in the comfort of your own home—and bonus, you don’t even need any special equipment!

Pick the Right Shade
There’s nothing worse than going for a sweet and subtle sun-kissed glow and ending up with stripes of unnatural blonde that’s lightyears from your natural hair color. Balayage is an homage to the natural way the sun softens and lightens your hair, so picking the right color is very important when choosing to try this technique on your own. Find a shade that is one to three shades lighter than your current hair color—any more than that and you’ll risk looking a little too unnatural. That being said, if you’re wondering how to balayage highlights on dark hair that is black or dark brown, try reaching for lighter shades—otherwise, the difference may not be great enough to notice. Best DIY Balayage Technique Ideas Banner

Split Your Hair into Sections
If you’ve ever colored your hair, this step is probably familiar. Split your hair however is most comfortable for you. Some colorists like to pin the hair into three different parts—top, middle, and bottom. Others prefer to section it into even quarters. Either way, you want to start with a thin bottom layer that’s easy for you to work with. As you begin to add color, pull from the sectioned off hair bit by bit, working on small sections at a time. Keep in mind that the main idea is to add color mainly where the sun would hit. Therefore, certain sections should receive more color than others; make sure to give special attention to top layers and any hair framing the face.

Ends First
Professional colorist Jack Howard says that one of the beautiful things about balayage is that it’s so low maintenance—because the color fades into your natural roots. When you are applying the color to your hair, start with the ends first. From there, work more dye up to about the middle of the hair shaft, depending on your hair length and the look you are trying to achieve. The key, though, is to remember to make it look natural. The sun has a more difficult time bleaching the roots of your hair, so avoid hitting that area with dye and work on blending the two different colors into each other seamlessly. The effect will not only look charming and beautiful but allow you to have a little more hair growth and extend the time between touch-ups!

Finger Painting
One of the marvelous things about balayage is that it’s a technique literally anyone can do—there is no special equipment, no harsh bleaching, no tinfoil, and no exposure to heat. Professional stylist Trina Miah says that balayage is a freehand technique applied only to the surface of the hair, as opposed to complete saturation—which would create a much harsher look (http://www.beautyandthebalayage.com/). To get this soft look, you may even want to toss your brush aside. Applying dye with a brush is excellent for techniques that require lots of coverage and precision, but balayage needs a gently and freer touch. To create a natural-looking ombre effect, use your fingers to work in the dye to each section of your hair instead.

Follow the Instructions
To avoid any nightmares or just a huge waste of your time, make sure you pay close attention to the instructions on the box of dye you are using. Here you will find the amount of time you should let your dye sit. Don’t fudge this time too much—the manufacturers put it there for a reason. After you have rinsed the dye with lukewarm water, follow up with a toner if you feel it’s necessary and a conditioning treatment. Rinse again with lukewarm water; this time, let hair dry, and voila! Perfect balayage highlights.

It doesn’t take much to get fabulous, professional-looking hair—and balayage is one of the trends that anyone can learn how to do. These techniques are solid, fail-proof ways to help you achieve the subtle ombre-like effect for which you’re aiming. Afterward, you’ll be loving the natural-looking glow and all the compliments it will get you.

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5 Tips on Making Your Home More Relaxing

It’s one thing to own a house. It’s another thing to turn into a home worth living in. There’s something about home that makes people relax and feel comfortable. The living room is typically the space that most people congregate in. It’s the perfect place to relax, watch television and entertain guests. In order to make it the best it can be, consider trying these decor tips. 5 Tips on Making Your Home More Relaxing

1. Paint
When you add paint, it’s one of the easiest ways to make a major impact in a room. Before deciding which paint color you’ll use, consider the color scheme. Make sure to choose a color is complementary to the theme. When it’s time to pick out a paint type, remember that a good wall primer forgives many structural sins. Matte paint is also a lot easier to apply for a nice, polished look. High-gloss paint tends to pick up any imperfections in the paint strokes. If you’re really committed to the high-gloss look, consider hiring a professional to take care of the actual job.

2. Luxe Fabrics and Colors
Luxurious fabrics and colors add texture and depth to a room. Consider adding these elements in various ways. Decorative pillows are great for adding texture. Purchase a few sequined-pillows. Add a fur-covered blanket in a basket for when it’s time to cuddle and watch a movie. Choose fun colors for vases, lampshades and picture frames. If you’re not in love with the overall look of one of the pieces, they’re small enough that they can be switched out with another option.

3. Statement Pieces
Wall art and large area rugs are the two best items to make a major statement in a room. There are tons of online art curators with beautiful artwork to choose from. You can get your favorite piece, frame it and have it shipped to you. This is an awesome and convenient option. Rugs are major because they can easily fill up the space beneath you. It doesn’t matter if you have hardwood floors, tile or carpet, it’s a good idea to get a nice area rug. It’ll transform the overall feel of the room and make it cozier.

4. Window Treatments
Most people install blinds and leave the windows alone. Instead, it’s a great idea to hang curtains and install Next Day Blinds behind them. Not only does this secure your personal privacy, it’s also a great way to keep the cold air out during the winter. For the cooler months, use a heavier curtain in a fabric like velvet. During the warmer months, a sheer or lighter fabric is always nice. The contrast between the blinds and curtains is a fun element to enhance. Consider various Next Day Blinds shades instead of always choosing the standard white blinds. Wooden finishes and other muted colors are great choices to consider.

5. Living Elements
Sure, green plants are easy on the eyes. They’re also really good for the environment. Indoor plants are excellent for cleansing the air in any room. Whether you choose a potted plant or an indoor tree like a fiddle leaf fig, always remember to take good care of them so that they’ll stay alive. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are a few tricks you can implement so that the plant care goes on autopilot. Also, fresh flowers make a lovely centerpiece and they’re easy to pick up from the store with your groceries.

Decorating a new house is an exciting experience for many. The ability to express your personality through your decor is a lot like getting dressed. Make sure to put your best foot forward with this process. After all, you have to live in it.

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Sun, Sea and Swimming in Southwest Turkey

The Southwest coastline of turkey, also known as the Turquoise coast, boasts fantastic beaches, idyllic swimming spots and plenty of sunshine.

When you think of Turkey you may have an image in mind of over crowded bazaars, skylines dominated by minarets and chaotic city centre traffic jams. While this is not entirely inaccurate in cities like Istanbul, the southwestern region of Turkey moves at a slightly slower pace and destinations along the Turquoise Coast are idyllic places to plan your seaside vacation. Whether you prefer to stay by the beach or take to the sea for a Blue Cruise Turkey this region is brimming with stunning locations to bask in the sun and bathe in the sea.

On the Beach…

Many of Turkey’s southwestern beaches are mini paradises, with smooth pebbles or white sand, l lined with umbrellas and air loungers and  hidden between  thickly forested slopes or rocky cliff faces, some can be reached by land while others are only accessible by sea.

Butterfly Valley of one of these secluded beaches, with sheer rock walls surrounding a lush green valley which opens to a small bay of crystal clear water. Being an environmentally protected area means that in this valley you’re not going to find any large whitewash holiday homes of chain stores, in fact the only building is a rustic wooden shack selling drinks and refreshments on the edge of the beach. The water in the bay is so clear that even without a mask you can watch sea life swimming about.

A little less isolated but equally stunning is Patara beach, with soft sand that stretches across the coast for 12 km, framed by a Lycian guard station on the western side and and ancient port city and turtle nesting ground at the eastern side. Be sure to watch out for rare Caretta as you bathe under the sun and search for wildlife in the wetlands behind the beach.

Image Source: Patara, Turkey Secret Seaside Telegraph.co.uk

For a little Adventure…

In the hottest part of summer it can even be too hot to lay on the beach and the best thing to do is throw yourself into the azure blue sea. Fortunately there is a place known to locals as Tarzan Bay which is perfect for this. Here a lone tree has grown from between the rocks and a thick branch overhangs the water. When, who and how is still a mystery but at some point a rope appeared dangling from this branch. Too tempting to be left alone visitors line up to swing ‘Tarzan Style’ from the rocky shore and plunge into the refreshingly cool bay, making a wild jungle cry as fly through the air.

Off the Ground….

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One of the most loved beach towns of southwestern Turkey is Oludeniz, situated at the foot of the famous Baba Mountain which casts long shadows over the wide beach each morning. The town of Oludeniz is a popular departure point for day cruises to the Butterfly Valley, St Nicholas Island, Blue Cave and Cold Water Bay, it’s also one of the top locations for paragliding in the world. If you’re not afraid of heights then hop in a minivan to the peak at over 2,000 metres and fly above the stunning Blue Lagoon, make 180 degree turns in the air and slowly descend to land on the beachside promenade. Even if you don’t like heights, the gorgeous view may make you forget you fear. If not then you can stop by one of the lively beach bars for cocktails, seafood and live music.

When it’s Party Time…

After the sun has set and you’ve finished swimming you might be wondering what theres is to do in southwest Turkey in the evenings. Well, this region is also known for its buzzing nightlife, the resort towns of Marmaris, Kusadasi and Bodrum are all overrun with bars and clubs. Bodrum is perfect for the party animals, said to have more bars than beds and host of the the largest outdoor nightclub in the mediterranean, Halikarnas, which stays open late enough to see the sunrise.

For a something a quieter, head to the Smugglers Inn. Well known by sailors and locals, but international travelers usually only find there way to this secluded beach bar via a Fethiye to Olympos Cruise on a classic wooden gulet boat.

Dive into the Deep Blue…

Swimming and snorkeling in the Aquarium Bay of the naturally beautiful Kekova RegionSwimming and snorkeling in the Aquarium Bay of the naturally beautiful Kekova Region will bring you pretty close to a wide variety of sea life; clownfish, damselfish, red mullets and eels are all floating about. If you want to delve a little further to search for stingrays and sea urchins or explore the impressive underwater corals and vertical seawalls then head to the modern port town of Kas, where diving boats depart each day to the best spots on the Mediterranean Sea.

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