The holidays are coming and you know what that means: parties, photos and lots of celebrations. Because of all the upcoming social events, you may be interested in hitting your local salon for a little extra frosting before the holidays get into full swing. But before you make your appointment, you may be wondering what’s available and on trend for this season.

I like where your head is at — and luckily, I’ve got you covered.

Balayage (pronounced Bolly-odge), comes from the French word, balayer, meaning “to sweep or to paint.” That is exactly what stylists and colorists do — they paint the color right onto the hair creating a graduated, multi-tonal look that is very natural. This technique can be done on most lengths and with a variety of colors and color combinations.

As the seasons change, balayage can also be used to take your summery blonde into a new season by weaving in those deeper and richer browns, auburns and reds in a subtle and natural way without losing the softness that the lighter tones bring to your complexion.

“Balayage is a good alternative to a full foil because it’s less maintenance and as we go into fall and winter it can compliment many people’s skin tones as we lose our summer glow,” said Hollie Walters of Capello Salon and Spa.

Hair Extensions If you are interested in getting longer, thicker hair that looks natural , the new wave of hair extensions are right up your alley. If put in and taken out correctly, hair extensions will not damage your hair — and as long as the color is matched correctly with your own hair color, nobody will know that you are wearing them.

Currently, there are three main types of extensions used in most local salons: Clip-in, tape-in and micro rings/bonding.

Clip-in extensions: These are the least permanent extensions because you can take them in and out yourself, within minutes. Clip them into your dry hair, style as usual and then hit the road. Take them out at night (and before you shower) and set them aside until the next time you want to wear them. Most clip-in extensions will last between three and six months (depending on how often you use them and how well you take care of them) before you will need to purchase another set.

Tape-in extensions: These semi-permanent extensions are taped into your hair (in strips similar in size to most clip-in extensions) and can last six to eight weeks before your stylist will need to take them out and re-apply them (as your hair grows, a gap will appear between your scalp and the extensions, so it’s important not to leave them in too long before you move them up because the extra weight on your natural hair can cause damage). These extensions are good for people with fine hair or for people who want to add volume and length to their natural hair. Most stylists can install tape-in extensions within an hour.

Microlink extensions: These are also semi-permanent hair extensions and can last two to four months before you will need to make another appointment to have them moved up. For this method, small wefts of hair are attached to your natural hair with a small silicone-lined bead. These extensions are the most time consuming to apply of the three, taking up to two hours for most clients.

Eyelash Extensions No, I’m not talking about the strips of eyelashes that you grew up gluing onto your entire lash line before senior prom. The modern eyelash extensions are installed by a professional and can last for six to eight weeks. Individual extensions are applied onto your individual lashes with glue, and if they are done correctly, you won’t even feel that they are there. The length of lash and the amount of curl that you have your technician put on are up to you — but know that some natural lashes can take longer eyelash extensions than others, so trust your technician and do what is best for your natural lashes. Keep in mind that since your natural lashes grow and eventually fall out, you will need to get fills every few weeks.

Microblading is a semi-permanent option for increasing the volume as well as changing the shape of your eyebrows. This technique can last for one to three years depending on your skin type and skin care routine. Microblading is less invasive than permanent make-up that is applied by a tattoo gun because the strokes are only made on the epidermis layer of the skin — which also makes this method very natural-looking if done correctly.

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