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My Balayage Hair Story

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My Hair Color Story

Believe it or not, I’m a hair-color newbie.  I’ve only really been treating my hair and playing around with color for about a year and half. As a brunette, I never really felt the need to color my hair, as it seemed that only my blonde friends did that. And plus, I liked my dark hair!

The idea of coloring my hair never even crossed my mind until I started braiding my hair more often. With all the same color hair (dark-ish brown), you couldn’t really see the details of my braid because it sort of all blended together or looked flat (for lack of a better term).

I was telling my sister about my hair-braiding struggles and she literally rocked my (hair) world and told me about balayage. I’d never heard of it but after little research, I decided it was well worth a shot!

Wait, What’s Balayage?

Basically, balayage is a less intense technique for highlighting your hair. Unlike traditional highlighting (where hair colorists use foil), balayage tends to look a little more subtle and natural where your hair looks more sun-kissed than streaky. I think traditional highlighting looks great on blondes, but it’s a little tricker for brunettes and I LOVE how natural this looks.

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Where I Go in Dallas

Meet my hair-color BFF, Leighanne! She’s the only one that has EVER touched my hair color and I plan on keeping it that was since she does such a FABULOUS job! I truly believe she’s the BEST in Dallas, but then again I may be biased?

I got it done for the first time about a year and a half ago. And as I’m sure you might have noticed, now I’m hooked! I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back :) I love having the diversity of color in my hair and it makes playing with different hair styles SO much more fun. I especially love how my hair looks when I curl it because there’s more depth and the curls look more defined – if that makes sense?

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How Often Do You Go?

I see Leighanne about every 6 months but it’s really just personal preference. I typically wait in between visits because I personally prefer the grown-out look as I think it looks natural and sun-kissed. But I know some people who go every 3 or 4 months. Regardless, it’s much better than having to go get traditional highlights every 6 weeks – who has time for that? Not to mention how expensive that must be?!

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Okay now let’s chat about this outfit! I’ve been wearing these cutsie little chambray shirts on repeat – have you noticed? And SHOOT y’all, I just checked and they’re SOLD OUT so I’m going to scour the internet and find some similar options. Grrr I hate when this happpens!

Outfit Details: SHORTS: Lush (40% OFF) // TOP: BP Stripred Tank // SHOES: Splendid (wearing size 7) // BAG: Prada // WATCH: Michael Kors

Since mine are sold out, I found a  bunch of similar options for you all! Shop them below:

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And how cute is this little bow? I love the fact that these shorts are high-waisted and the bow accentuates the waist even more, making for the perfect little day short.

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Side note regarding the photography going on with this outfit.

I’m going to need you to bare with me as I try and figure out this whole taking-my-own photos thing. Lisel (my assistant slash full time little helper) and I have been experimenting and trying to figure it all out but there’s quite the steep learning curve.

In addition to figuring out the ins and outs of how to use a camera, I’m trying to also figure out a cohesive color scheme for BTD. I spent some time looking at my past posts and realized that every post sort of looks different. And I’m fine with that – diversity is good – but I would like to have somewhat of a cohesive look among my blog post photos so that they’re different but similar at the same time? It might take me a minute to figure out what works best, but please let me know all your thoughts and feel free to give me all the feedback along the way.

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  • Reply
    Hannah Madison
    June 5, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hi –

    I totally agree with everything you just said about hair. I have always had long dark hair but wanted to go blonder for a new change BUT highlights are tricky and expensive and i’m nervous I don’t have the time to maintain them.

    Thanks for the inspiration, I’ll have to ask my hairstylist about balayage :) :) Thank you!!!


    Hannah from HMS Jewels

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    Tatjana Apukhtina
    June 3, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Love the denim shorts! Super cute!
    Tatjana xx

  • Reply
    June 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    You literally described my hair struggles! haha .. I have long dark hair and have never thought to color it because I love my natural color! But, when I braid my hair ((which is often)) you can never see the details which frustrates me! I am getting balayage done during my next appt and I can’t wait!!

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  • Reply
    June 1, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Hi Brighton!

    OK your hair looks amazing! I’m the same as you were a year and a half ago – I’ve never actually died, highlighted, anything my hair!! It makes me nervous to think about doing it because I’ve never had anything but au natural! Also, loving these denim shorts – they’re adorable. And sidenote on the photographs – having a cohesive look is something I’ve been struggling with, too! I love when you go to someone’s insta and everything is the same color tone, brightness, etc. I think it creates a way more cohesive look!! If you figure anything out in that regard, let us know! Happy Wednesday and Happy JUNE! (whha?! so soon?!) XO


  • Reply
    Kelly Kalinkewicz
    June 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I LOVE your hair color! Balayage is SO awesome–it’s just super natural looking!

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    Rach Martin
    June 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I’m a color newbie too and I still don’t keep up on my hair as much as I should color-wise (I don’t want to damage it!). Your balayage looks beautiful and I’m totally loving these shorts!

    Rachel /

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    Mary-Katherine Minnis
    June 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Balayage is the bomb dot com!! As a dyed blonde I did traditional highlights for years and hated how it basically only looked good for like two weeks and then I had roots (holy annoying). Totally agree that balayage is less streaky and more that “I tried but not that hard” kind of look haha. I’ve loved how sunkissed yours looks with it!

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      Brighton Keller
      June 1, 2016 at 8:49 am

      lol i feel like you’re sitting right next to me as I read this!! And YES – we are totes my goats on the same exact mage! Miss you MK! hope all is well and thanks for all the continual blog love and support across ALL social channels :) It means more than you know!

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    Vicky TheGoldenBun
    June 1, 2016 at 7:42 am

    That pink color of the hairdress would have been great too ;) hehe! looks lovely and I tinted my hair only once too!

    ❥ Vicky | The Golden BunInstagram TGB

    • Reply
      Brighton Keller
      June 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

      lol yes that would have been interesting! I think she pulls it off well but I’m not so sure I could do the same! haha. thanks for commenting Vicky!

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