First of all… I do apologize. It has been two whole years since my last post. I have been uber busy in the salon dabbling my little sausage fingers in so much hair lately that time has literally passed me by. Styles By Steph is still alive and thriving. I am busier than ever and a lot my wonderful clients have discovered me from right here at this very place. I feel so bad that I have put my blogging on the back burner. I will do my best to try to update more often. There has been so much to update you guys on. Ive been to numerous education classes ranging from color to products since my last post. I feel like I have so much to type but don’t know where to start… So after lots of thought, I figured I would write about what all my clients keep asking me about lately. Balayage.

Majority of my ladies come to my chair with a preplanned idea of how they want their hair to look. Hair color is my specialty. I feel like Pinterest and Instagram have been a convenient source for you to find goals and inspirations. All the talk on these avenues is balayage.

What is balayage you may ask and how do you even pronounce it. Well… balayage is a French word that means “to sweep”. It is free hand hair painting. It is unique and customizable. I can tell you how to pronounce it but it’ll probably have a bit of a Texas twang to it. Balayage highlighting will give you a soft sunkissed look. It has a natural looking effect. Its not for everyone in my opinion.

Balayage is nothing new though. Its been around for decades. Just like they say…history always repeats itself. Believe it or not, this little trend began back in the 60’s and 70’s and it has been hibernating for decades until now.

Here are some examples…

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For a while now I have been on this outrageous health kick. I’m a small town girl and the main store to shop at in my area is Walmart. Obviously there aren’t many healthy choices for groceries at Walmart (sorry Walmart fans). Nearly everything contains GMO’s and high fructose corn syrup. My daughter is severely allergic to those poisons that are contaminating our food. I have been driving all the way to Dallas to hit up Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joes. I have seen the wonderful side effects of living a healthier lifestyle. Our family has become leaner, healthier and we have tons more energy.
However this is not quite what this post is about.
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I only thought I was living a healthier lifestyle because I eat healthy and exercise. Being that I am a stylist ; I only use professional haircare products. I had no idea that I was being fibbed by the industry. Today I attended a hair product knowledge class for Neuma hair and body care. We have been carrying the Neuma line for quite some time at the salon. Every now and then I would use the shampoos, conditioners, and products without knowing much about them except that they were a vegan plant based line and I loved the scent of their products.

Everything in this line is animal cruelty free. The packaging consists of 90% recycled bottles and use water based ink to dye their bottles. Because there are no chemical preservatives, there is a 2 year shelf life. The products use citric acid as their only form of preservative.
There are zero synthetic fragrances, glycols,parabens, carcinogens, glutens, sulfates, GMO’s etc. Salt mixed with coconut oil help give the shampoo a suds effect without having the nasty sulfates in them. The fragrance comes from pure essential oils like lavender, peppermint, vanilla and more.

During this class I also learned that it is easy to be fooled by the labels listed on some of your favorite products ranging from shampoos, conditioners, body washes and makeup. For example, many hidden harmful chemicals can be labeled as “fragrance” in the ingredients list without having to specify in depth exactly what those “fragrances” consist of.

Some people are probably rolling their eyes at this point saying…”oh well. I use Pureology! I’m good.” My response to them is that YOU ARE BEING fooled too! Pureology is notorious for claiming they are animal cruelty free and are an organic line. I bet you didn’t know they use whale fat as one of their ingredients and they also contain synthetic products and waxes. That doesn’t sound very organic and animal free to me. That there is another prime example of a company misleading you.

The truth is that it’s not all about what you are eating or drinking. Things that you use on your body are absorbed into your bloodstream and can make you sick as well.
If that’s not scary enough, I beg you to watch these videos I have listed below or YouTube “The Story of Cosmetics” to get an even closer idea of the products we are putting on our bodies. Needless to say I am now a sole believer in what Neuma products have to offer and that is a 100% clean, no bull (pun intended) hair care line.

Hair coloring from light to dark.

October 9, 2013

Ah the fall season is here at last! I can smell it in the air. There’s something about the scent of cinnamon and pumpkin spice that just gets me giddy this time of year. However there is one thing that really grinds my gears this time of year. How many of you are considering going […]

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Grand opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

February 12, 2013

Salons Elite of Rockwall 860 Ralph Hall Pkwy Rockwall,Tx 75032 Please join us for the Grand Opening of the NEW salon in Rockwall on Tuesday,February 19th. The Rockwall Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:20pm. Open House is from 4:30pm-7:30 pm. Suite number 5 is where the the party is […]

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New Year. New location

February 6, 2013

I’m so very proud to note that yesterday marked the one month anniversary of my big move to Salons Elite of Rockwall. The salon is beautiful and it still has that ‘new’ smell! With my move you will find more space, natural lighting, convenient parking and brand new equipment for your comfort and mine! The […]

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Retro Nouveau

January 28, 2013

So my blonde roots have been screaming lately and finally I was able to get my hair done. You would think it would be so easy to get that task done considering my line of work and all but it’s definitely of no convenience as a matter of fact. Being that I’m a natural blonde, […]

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Did I mention I love doing ombre hair color?

January 25, 2013

Natural base color- a dark 7N Heavily hi lighted with 1/2 in new growth Formula – base: Richesse 1 1/2 tube of 6N + ribbon of 7/43 as a filler and 9% ends- lightener mixed w 20v toned with Richesse 10/12 6% Natural base color is 6N 1/8 in new growth and a level 6 […]

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Curling Irons, Wands, and Flat Irons … Oh My!

October 2, 2012

I remember as a young girl straight hair was the it thing.I dont want to give away my age here but I also remember spending hours pulling my hair straight with a curling iron; going over each section a number of times to get it smooth and as straight as possible. This was long before […]

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Back to School Specials. Take advantage folks!

August 13, 2012

$10 off hilights for all you back to schoolers. Parents who get their hair colored for the month of August receive free back to school haircuts for the kiddos. Appointment only. (214)208-0918 call today to schedule.  

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Summer Funk

June 19, 2012

>It’s summer time! Last year it was all about feathers. This year its all about funky colored streaks in your hair! Funky colors can be cool as long as they are properly placed in the hair. Nothing looks tackier than hot pink skunk stripes on the top of your head. So make sure your stylist […]

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