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ShopaholicBlogs: Hair Diaries✂️

⚜️Every six months give or take I color & cut my hair. It’s a monumental task both financially ( with my length and thickness the bill is usually $$$💸) & in terms of ⏰time invested both in searching for the best colorist and hair dresser ( with the exception of two ladies with whom I could rest assured that my hair was in safe & capable hands🙌🏻 my hair coloring & cutting experience has been a hit and miss for the most part 😒) & the time spent on the actual coloring and styling process ( 3-4 hours, on occasion I have even endured 6 hours in the stylist’s chair 😳)

⚜️Apparently finding a good colorist and hair dresser in one is a nearly impossible task. You can either have one or the other🙄. I have experienced hair disasters ranging from my hair being longer on one side shorter on the other, walking out with a giant raccoon 🦝like white streak in my hair ( too much bleach that one time 😫) having my bangs cut so short I looked like a toddler with an at home hair cut gone predictably wrong and having my dark hair turned almost old lady mousy 🐀brown.

⚜️Over the last two years however I have been lucky enough to find the right colorist/stylist who understands my hair color to complexion balance ( I don’t want to go blonde or ash or any where close to that color family pleaseeee🙏🏼) and who doesn’t insist on painting ruler straight, obvious as hell highlights in my hair.

⚜️I am not much for experimenting when it comes to hair color and usually all I request is to go a little lighter and have color that adds dimension without being in your face noticeable.

⚜️So today I had something similar in mind when I headed down to @mindandsensespa for my appointment. And as usual they did not disappoint🥰. Despite my stylist being an hour late she had me done in 3 hours color and cut done as per my request. ( I highly recommend having picture to show your stylist it minimizes confusion). So here is the before and after of my hair transformation 🤩🥰.

⚜️Well I’m thrilled 🤩to be honest. Let me know what you guys think and share your hair transformation ✂️stories with me 🥰

💫Shopaholic tries Balayage💫

💕Hello Loves💕!

✨Today I had my very first💫 experience with the hair coloring technique known as ✨”Balayage“✨.  

  ✨Balayage is a free hand, hair painting technique where the stylist applies the color onto your hair without the preciseness of foils. The resulting color is natural and sun kissed🌞 rather than the uniform color you get with highlights.

✨Usually hair coloring for me means full highlights. I have super dark hair and I personally feel highlights add dimension and depth to my otherwise one tone hair 😑.

✨However lightening hair as dark as mine requires inevitably some form of bleach or the other. And after multiple sessions my hair finally had enough and it started to look and behave like a bale of crunchy straw 🌾with plenty of frizz incase I didn’t get the message with just the dryness🍂. 😒

✨Plus I was in no mood to sit for hours ⏲ with half the grocery store’s aluminum foil in my hair looking like a giant metal turkey.🦃

✨So I did some research 🔍and booked myself a spot in a salon I had heard rave reviews about on Facebook. ( I loved my previous hairstylist and the resulting hair got me compliments galore but…I had a mini heart attack ⚡️when I saw the bill💸). Since I was on a little bit of budget this time and the salon was having an awesome promotion I decided to take my chances ♠️♦️.

✨The Marquee salon is located on Jumeriah Road for those of you who are in Dubai. But they have several locations throughout the city. You can check them out here Marquee for details and bookings. 

 ✨I got to my appointment on time and luckily 🍀found parking right infront of the salon yay! 🎉 The salon itself is easy to spot they have a huge colorful wall adjacent to the door. Inside the reception is all minimalist and white decor.

✨The hair area is to the left of the reception and the right side is for nails. I was greeted by the receptionist and taken to meet my stylist immediately. Yay🎉 again for no endless waiting 🕠🕡

✨After a mini consultation we decided on a color, I placed my order for a latte ☕️😋 and my stylist went off to mix the color.

✨While I sipped my latte and read up on some fabulous blogs 😘 she applied the color to my hair. Since no foils were involved we were pretty much done in about 40 ⏲mins roots and tips included. 

✨About 30 mins or so I was taken to the washing stations. Ok here’s a confession 😳 after I had read about the lady suffering a stroke after having her hair washed at the salon I was actually freaking out.😢

✨Thankfully the wash chairs at Marquee  are fully reclinable! 🛌

Meaning:  you are lying totally flat your head resting comfortably on a platform and the stylist sits on a stool at your head while she washes 💦your hair whew! They also put a furry blanket on you incase the air conditioning makes you 🌬chilly. 😇

✨Honestly between the blanket,and the soothing head massage my lovely stylist threw in, I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep.😴

✨That was followed by a drying and hair cutting session, I went for long layers and side bangs my go to style 😇. 

✨And finally the finished look🎉  

 ✨All in all I had a great time at Marquee salon, the stylist and assistants were friendly and helpful. So if you are in the area call up Marquee salon and book yourself in you will love it 💕! 

 ✨Until next time xoxo!💋

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