View Full Version : Got over my fear of salons PICS (color cut BLOW OUT and style! oh my..)

December 28th, 2014, 05:22 AM
I wanted ombre but realized it was just gonna be impossible to get the balayage look I wanted in the back by myself. So I researched salons and color specialists and actually found one about 40 mins from me. Their online port was amazing and had a whole section of beautiful color melts, ombres and balayage. I called and was quoted 85-150 and got an appt the next day with one of the 3 stylists Colton.

I was nervous and excited. My hair was a level 10 blonde. Over processed but still in decent condition thanks to me knowing how to care for it. Anyway he listened to what I wanted and I showed him pics. He then brought out the color book (first time without me having to ask!) And let ME choose a color. He did suggest a nuetral and a level, which I agreed with and showed me 3 or 4. Then he told me to pick my ideal blonde level for me ends and front. I voiced some concern about putting lightener of my already lightened hair and he assured me he was using a gently product with a low developer and only leaving it on for a few minutes. I felt totally comfortable as he applied the color and lightener, watching him work it was clearly art to him and not just slapping on some color. After I was washed he blew it dry (he cuts dry which I prefer) I didn't even feel panicked as he blew it out. He was so gentle I never felt a comb get snagged or a hair get caught or felt the heat of the dryer. Anyway after it was dry he cut off an inch which took him about 30 seconds and styled. He used a lot if heat protectant and worked super quick with a flat iron and a marcel iron (which I just learned to use in school so watching how QUICK he was ....pretty amazing). Colton told me he was a hair stylist and did weddings, so that was kinda his thing.

My hair looked WOW!!! I never use heat but I figured this was a special occasion (the last time was my friends wedding in July) I felt so gorgeous and the color was just amazing. The pics don't do it justice. I felt so comfortable and at ease at the salon. Colton really respects hair and he's just amazing at what he does. IF anyone in Pittsburgh needs a referral.... :)

It came to 100 for all of that. He didn't charge for every little spray of product or try to sell me a million things. I tipped him 30 and would have paid 150 plus tip if it came to that!

Ok so pics....

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It's much prettier in person! I totally got honked at the minuted I walked out of the salon which made me feel like a million bucks! LOL Oh and I never mentioned I was in school for cosmetology except to the assistant because it came out that she graduated from the school I'm in.
Thats one reason I want to be a stylist....I want to help people get over fears and know that there are people that love your hair as much as you do!!
Anyway, thanks for reading!

December 28th, 2014, 05:28 AM
Very pretty and soft looking :cool:

December 28th, 2014, 06:19 AM
It's very nice. Did you go lighter?

December 28th, 2014, 06:29 AM
Congrats for conquering your fear and finding such an understanding and skilled color specialist! He did amazing job, your hair looks beautiful :)

December 28th, 2014, 08:02 AM
It's very nice. Did you go lighter?

No, darker he just made sure to blend highlights between the dark and light (balayage)

December 28th, 2014, 08:57 AM
No, darker he just made sure to blend highlights between the dark and light (balayage)

Oh gosh, I can't see straight, can I? :lol: It's very subtly done!

Wildcat Diva
December 28th, 2014, 08:59 AM
WOW, it's really pretty.
Amazing to see how he took such care with your hair! Doing your research really paid off this time didn't it?

December 28th, 2014, 09:09 AM
Your hair looks great. I'm glad you found someone who could and would do what you wanted. It's so nice to hear positive salon stories on here.

December 28th, 2014, 09:33 AM
ooooh so pretty!!!!!!!!

December 28th, 2014, 10:13 AM
Gorgeous result!

December 28th, 2014, 11:16 AM
It's beautiful!

December 28th, 2014, 12:54 PM
Thanks everyone. :)

December 28th, 2014, 01:39 PM
Ooh, lovely, soft and pretty! :)

December 28th, 2014, 02:15 PM
Just had to add my two cents that your hair looks so beautiful! It looks so natural and not obvious! (Also, you look really beautiful in those photos! You should feel really good- go show your new hair off!)

December 28th, 2014, 02:19 PM
And well done on your part for researching to find the right person, and being prepared to communicate exactly what you want. Looks beautiful!

aspartame gram
December 28th, 2014, 04:21 PM
I remember you had dyed your hair red in the past! I loved how it looked on you and went for the plunge myself, but I used henna instead. Anyway, I love how your hair and it looks amazing! Glad to hear the stylist listened to you and everything went well.

December 28th, 2014, 11:31 PM
Hi there, fellow Pittsburgh longhair. ;)
Your stylist did a beautiful job; it's just gorgeous! I'm glad you found a good one. :)

December 28th, 2014, 11:56 PM
I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your pictures very much! I thought you looked super in the first photo too, but the end result ones are really a Piece of art, very angelic natural blonde, superb! It doesn't hurt to see it matched with a face like yours, you are a whole package, for sure!

December 29th, 2014, 05:06 AM
I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your pictures very much! I thought you looked super in the first photo too, but the end result ones are really a Piece of art, very angelic natural blonde, superb! It doesn't hurt to see it matched with a face like yours, you are a whole package, for sure!

Oh my gosh! Your post made my day. So sweet thank you so much :) :) :)

December 29th, 2014, 06:59 AM
That really looks fantastic! He did a wonderful job and your hair turned out just gorgeous. Matches your gorgeous self :) Thanks for sharing!

December 29th, 2014, 08:46 AM
Really pretty!

December 29th, 2014, 11:49 AM
That is the perfect natural blonde color. He totally killed it. Don't let him get away! :)

December 29th, 2014, 03:30 PM
Now THAT is worthy of getting honked at! I'd love to be a stylist, but California's cosmetology laws are weird.

December 29th, 2014, 08:38 PM
Your hair is beautiful. The color is so pretty and the curls look great.

December 29th, 2014, 10:32 PM
Adding to the chorus of compliments and telling you how gorgeously done that color is. It's so well blended!

December 30th, 2014, 05:22 AM
Thanks for the compliments, makes me feel great and for reading my book of a post. sheesh just realized how long it was lol