Step Aside Ombré, Balayage is Back in a *Big* Way!

Ombré my friend, my Hombré

You had a gooooood run. You were THE hot hair color trend for the last three years running, including the ‘My Little Pony’-esque dip dye cotton candy hair craze which preceded you.

'Hello Pony' Dip Dye

‘My Little Pony’ Dip Dye

High Fashion Dip Dye

High Fashion Dip Dye

Not that I even had the bless-ed tress-es to even try you (unless I could wear ‘ma weave’ 24-7) but you really were a thing of beauty.

If you are one of the few who is *Late to the Party* (you are ALL alone you out-of-touch-weirdo) Ombré Hair refers to the gradual lightening of the hair strand, usually fading from a darker color near the roots to a lighter one at the ends. Ombré looks best on long THICK hair where you can see the actual gradiation from dark to light or even in a reverse Ombré, from…YOU GUESSED IT…light to dark.

Ombré had a mammoth celebrity following with Drew Barrymore showing off the trend on many a red carpet.

Drew’s Reverse Ombré

Reverse Ombré

Her Hippy Braided Ombré…

Hippy Braid Ombré...

Hippy Braid Ombré…

…And Le Sophisticated Ombré

If I Say Ombré ONE More Time...My head will FALL off.

Not since 80’s ‘frosted tips’ has a hair color trend been so heralded, with every top shelf home hair care brand coming up with a DIY version.

L'Oreal Wild  Ombré-Grrrrrrr!

L’Oreal Wild Ombré-Grrrrrrr!

…and when that happens, you CAN be SURE that a HOT TREND is on its way to becoming COLD and *FAST*. Unfortunately mass marketing turns exclusivity into ‘pedestrian’ fare, and no-one wants to be a herded sheep, now DO you, you SUPER FOX ORIGINATOR?!


Jessica Biel Balayage

Jessica Biel Balayage


Balayage (pronounced Bal-Lay-Age) is French for “Sweeping” and that is in essence, exactly what it is.

A sweeping of light color that is literally painted on by your color specialist in places where the sun would normally cast a warm glow. Balayage creates depth and dimension and leaves you with a sun-kissed, day-at-the beach result.

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly

But just one thing, it’s not so new.

Balayage is a French technique that was developed in the 70’s, but it’s back in a big way,” says Rafael Estrella Dunn–owner of St.Laurent Coiffure in Montreal’s tony enclave of Westmount. “It’s the best method to bring light and a beautiful dimension to your hair, in a natural way,” he says. “Fresh off the beach!”

Dunn goes on to give me a first hand tutorial as he prepares a client for first time Balayage, in fact, for the client this is the first time coloring her hair PERIOD! “Virgin, hair…” says Dunn with a sassy smile.

He begins by choosing carefully where “I want to light and I paint away,” citing that a “balanced” Balayage is key. The tools for this freehand technique are also paramount, an application brush with hard bristles for a precise delivery of color and a “backing board” underneath the strand to help support the freehand technique. The Balayage’d hair strands are then wrapped individually in plastic so that Dunn can visually see how the hair is responding, and cotton strands akin to dreads are lined up to protect the un-touched pieces of hair from getting dyed.

The steeping period makes one appear as if Rob Zombie vomited his zombified vom alllll over your scalp. Not the ‘hottest’ of looks. But was coloring your hair ever so?

"Virgin Hair" 'Gettin the Balayage Treatment

“Virgin Hair” ‘Gettin the Rob Zombie Treatment

The End Result is a natural varied color effect, that is not as precious as regular ‘lined’ foil highlights. Lots of celebrities and models also have their Balayage finished off with copper or red glosses for that extra *punch* of shimmery goodness.

Lily Adlridge

Lily Adlridge

And since the majority of us are struggling with finances, It’s also a very economical way to color your hair as you never have a solid demarcation line or regrowth, so if you can’t afford to get it done for another month it won’t look ‘un-kept’.

Well, there you have it kids. A full on break-down of THE Cooler Than Cool hair fad of Le Moment, from the chick that always keep you in the LOOP–that is, until it shows up in a little box in aisle five at your local pharmacy.

Until then, BALAYAGE like EVERYONE is watching!               

The Pop Culture Rainman™

Hot Trend: Butterflies on EVERYTHING!

Butterflies have long been beloved, spiritually adored creatures of nature.

The mere transformation from caterpillar (read: larvae) to a beautiful motley of colors and ethereal wings (read: butterfly) is the stuff of symbolic aphorisms for CHANGE, GROWTH, LIFE and DEATH in religious texts, books and poems the world over.

It is the Seed from which every Folk Tale has plucked from; from the Ugly Duckling to Pygmalian…the Butterfly is the original MAKEOVER story!

Also to be noted the ‘the Butterfly’ is one of the most common symbols for ADC ‘After Death Communication’. Many people have reported receiving a sign which affirmed that their deceased family member or friend had survived physical death and continues to live in another dimension of existence. That sign has often times been a butterfly, perched on a window sill at the exact moment when someone is grieving over the departed or at a grave site when asked for a ‘sign’.

Regardless of your belief system, one can definitely understand why the legacy of the lovely butterfly continues to live on strongly in pop culture & fashion.

In fact, Spring 2013 is proving to be the SEASON of the Butterfly with a cornucopia of butterfly Accessories like these hot Gucci shades…

Seeing Butterflies!

Gucci is Seeing Butterflies!

Christian Lacroix’s Line of Furniture & Pillows for Designers Guild…

Grande Dame Sofa...

Grande Dame Butterfly Sofa…

Lacroix's Butterflies

Lacroix’s Butterflies…

Butterflies were THE fashion trend for Spring 2013 on catwalks from Toronto, Paris & Everywhere In Between!


Pink Tartan




…And was the branding element for the ENTIRE spring collection of APRICOT dresses.


Butterflies on scarves are a HUGE trend for spring 2013…


Van Cleef & Arples revisits the ‘Two Butterfly’ collection by adding a touch of pink for 2013 on their ‘Between the Finger’ rings.

Simply Magnificent!

Simply Magnificient!

If that hasn’t convinced you of the current zeitgeist in ‘Butterfly Everthing’…One Directions most talented boy band hottie Harry Styles just recently tattooed a butterfly on his chest, leaving tongues a wagging and the butterfly front and center stage in the most literal of ways!


Take that Hipster Deer Heads!!


The Butterfly is here to STAY! Fly Butterfly, FLY!

XOXO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Pop Culture Rainman