My hair looks exceptionally undone, because it rained yesterday and I had to take Heidi to the kennel which meant no umbrella for this girl! Why does it always rain on hair cut & color days?!

The material used to cover the lightener is like plastic wrap for your hair…yes, you will look kind of silly for a little while, but it’s totally worth it.
AFTER Voila!

This is, without a doubt, the most requested post of all time!

The most requested picture has been of the back of my hair and I’m sorry it’s taken so long. I never seem to have anyone to take a picture of the back when it’s fixed so I made sure to take lots of pictures yesterday when I had it freshened up! I didn’t edit any of the pictures above, because I didn’t want the hair color to look any different. We took them in front of natural light so they should be pretty accurate.

When I originally cut my hair I did it because I needed a change and I’d chopped my hair once before so I knew what to expect when I did. A lot of girls say they “could never pull it off,” but you never know until you try! Plus, I’ve noticed lately a lot of other girls and even celebrities (aka J. Law & Carrie Underwood!) embracing the bob, the angled bob and the lob (long bob)

What I have done takes quite a bit of time and is definitely an investment. But I’m a big believer that you do not skimp on the quality or cost of your hair. When done properly, it can accent your face and natural features in a wonderful way. If you’re not sure who to go to, ask around, even if they are a stranger with really gorgeous hair. Trust me, they will be flattered!

Here are some common questions I’ve had about my hair:

What kind of cut do you have? I have an angled bob. It’s a very blunt graduated bob with very, very few layers. I like the lob on other girls, but when my hair hits my shoulders it starts to flip out and it drives me absolutely nuts. My hair has to be thinned out quite a bit when it’s this short, because if not, it will be a big poofy mess, and won’t have the shape I like (with volume at the top and less thickness towards the ends). Another thing I love about the angled bob is that the length isn’t shorter in the front when I put my hair behind my ears and it appears longer in the front when it’s not.

What is the color application used? I have balayage, which means “sweep,” where my hair stylist hand paints the lightener on my hair in small sections. The color on the very top and the darker parts throughout are my natural color. I’ve had highlights in the past, but I don’t want the color striped throughout and I prefer not to have ombre (which means “shadow”), because I think it can be too harsh. When washing, Taylor tones my hair a pearl blonde (called opal glow) so it’s not too warm. I personally much prefer a whiter blonde to a yellow blonde, if that makes sense.

How long does it take? My appointments usually take about 4.5 hours – yes, you read that right. I normally schedule them at the end of the work day so I don’t have to worry about running back to the office. The balayage itself takes about 2 hours. One, because I have a TON of hair, even when it’s short. Two, because Taylor hand paints the hair and this is a tedious, careful process.

How often do I get my haircut & colored? I normally get my hair cut & colored every 2-3 months. My hair grows really, really fast so ideally I should get it cut every 5-6 weeks to keep the length where I want it.

How much does it cost? Pricing is different for every client so ask for a consultation! Your hair, to me, is an investment in yourself and your appearance.

Live is Southwest Virginia? Want to make an appointment with Taylor? Call her cell @ 540-793-5050 (she’s super sweet!)

Merry Christmas Eve! Enjoy the valuable quality time you have with your family & friends and don’t forget what this time of year is really about. Plus, giving can be so much more fun than receiving!

XO Amanda