Yesterday I had the opportunity to head back to Local B for a summer touch up. For those of you that follow my Instagram you’ll know that back in late February/early March, I dyed my hair for the first time and became absolutely hooked. I’m not about completely changing my hair colour; I’ll always be a brunette overall. However, winter seems to be never-ending here in Montreal (it’s snowing 4-5 times next week. I’m sorry.), and I’m looking to mix things up a bit. I’m bored. My look is bored.
So here we go.
This is what my hair looked like before. You can see the mocha ‘foilyage’ from my last visit (a specific type of hair dying technique that results in a super natural balayage). I love it and the way Véro dyed it without making my hair feel dry or damaged. However, I was feeling ready to update my look. I was joined by a group of other hair models at Local B in Montreal’s Outremont for a day of hair styling, dyeing, cutting with a super talented team of Montreal’s finest hairdressers.
Meet Vanee. This wonderful woman made her comeback yesterday after having a baby (and looking fabulous) to dye my hair a little more. There is no stylist at Local B that isn’t amazing, but I loved the way Vanee ended up dying my hair and putting in more highlights!
I went for a slightly lighter version of what I already had. Vanee used a balayage technique (we bonded over the 5012938 different names that change every year for “balayage”) by bleaching sections of my hair mixed with a Smartbond treatment by L’Oréal, followed with a toner. I would 100% recommend using Smartbond for any sort of intense hair-dyeing you may do! It protects your hair from the harmful effects of bleach, and the effect is seen mostly in the retention of your original, softer hair texture. I would hate to have dried out hair after I dye it.
This was the final result! A little lighter, and a little brighter. What’s interesting about toner treatments is that it lightens more when you wash your hair. So while the difference my not look drastic, with subsequent hair washes the difference will be more noticeable. I’ll definitely be posting updates in my Instagram stories!
Vanee also styled my hair in different ways throughout the day, and my favourite was this messy ponytail look (see RAW image above). the scrunchy she used reminded me of prints from Céline, updating a middle school girl look to something utterly French and sophisticated.
These are the products we used in my hair for the ponytail:
- Shine Bright Taming Serum (before blow drying)
- Fullfyl (For texture and volume)
- Highlight Stylist (spray liberally for beach waves
All products are Pureology by L’Oréal.
And that’s it! I’m loving my new summer-ready hair. So honoured to have been a part of this amazing day. If you’re looking for a summer update, look no further than the experts at Local B. They’re offering 25% OFF contouring (a lighter version of balayage) until the end of April when you book with the code SPRINGCONTOURING. Click here for details.