Your Balayage Hair Salon Busts Five Myths About Hair Care

DSC01005At Papillon Blanc Salon, we specialize in balayage hair color. If you’ve been searching the internet for “salons that do balayage near me,” then you’ve come to the right place! Located in Birmingham, Michigan, we are one of the top balayage salons in the Detroit area. Our hair stylists specifically train in the art of balayage in order to give you the color and style you want.

So it comes as no surprise that we are passionate about hair! There are a lot of hair care myths floating around that were passed down from our mothers and their mothers before them. Today, we want to add some truth to these myths! Keep reading to learn the facts about five major hair myths, or get in touch with PB Salon to schedule a balayage hair appointment!

5 Hair Care Myths

Myth: Cutting your hair makes it grow faster.

This is one of the most common hair care rumors out there. Hair grows from our scalp, meaning whatever we do to the ends of it won’t affect how quickly it grows. However, regular trims every 4-8 weeks can snip off split ends. Split ends make your hair look frayed, thin, and unhealthy. So while a little dusting off the ends won’t make your hair magically look like Rapunzel’s, it will improve the overall quality and appearance of your hair.

However, to support strong, healthy hair, you can take a multivitamin, biotin or folic acid supplement, or simply eat a healthy, vitamin-packed diet. All of these are believed to help hair grow strong and healthy.

Myth: If you pluck one gray hair, two more will grow back.

Actually, if you pluck a gray hair, you just have one less hair on your head until that follicle regenerates and grows back – gray again. This myth most likely originated because people, in a mad frenzy, would pluck the first gray hair they saw. Before they knew it, their head would be covered in gray hairs! Of course, this is nothing other than the natural aging process.

Plucking hair repeatedly can actually make the hair that replaces it grow back weaker, over time. It’s the same reason why women who wax their body hair for years eventually stop growing hair in those places.

Myth: You need to brush your hair 100 times a day.

Maybe this worked for women of the past who were confined to the home to raise children, but modern women will say, “Thanks, but no thanks” to this advice. Brushing your hair actually is good for it. It helps to pull the moisturizing oils in your scalp down to the ends and stimulate blood flow to your scalp. However, brushing it too much could unnecessarily pull out hairs.Just brush your hair until the tangles are out and call it a day!

Myth: Hair dye will damage your hair.

At one point this was true of all hair dyes. Hair dyes, both professional and boxed, used to contain awful chemicals that made them a lot harsher than they are today with no attempt at actually treating the hair. These days, professional hair salons typically use products that are designed to limit the amount of damage. Generally, if you are going darker, the dye will not damage your hair. However, going lighter and bleaching does cause some damage – though, moderation and a professional hair stylist is key to ensuring the health of your hair! We’ll call this myth half-busted!

Myth: Box dye is just as good as salon dye.

Not only is box dye more damaging to your hair than salon dye (it doesn’t contain all the nutritional and moisturizing elements that salon dye has, which is why it is so cheap), but it is also a bigger risk when you do at-home dye. Our color specialists at PB Salon have spent years and years training, practicing, and educating themselves on the art of hair coloring and color correction. We use hair color that compliments your skin tone, and we can tell how the color will react with your hair. Maybe a color on a box of hair dye looks nice, but you never know what it will look like on your hair.

For Healthy, Strong Hair Choose Papillon Blanc Salon

We use only the best products to ensure we don’t do any irreparable damage to your hair. When you choose PB Salon, you know you are stepping into one of the best balayage salons near Detroit, and that our color specialists will have you looking like the queen you are. Be sure to check out our lookbook of styles from our balayage studio, and schedule with one of our hair stylists today!

Everything You Need To Know About Papillon Blanc Salon

Papillon Blanc is the premier balayage hair salon in Birmingham, Michigan. Our goal is to not only give you a gorgeous cut, color, and style but to give you a whole “look” that will leave you feeling more confident than ever. Our owner, Eda, is immensely interested in the chemistry of hair and how it grows, styles, and reacts to the products you put into it. This love of detailed knowledge has helped her and our other stylists achieve beautiful looks that match your tone, style, and personality.

What Is Balayage And Where Can I Get It?

Balayage is a hair coloring technique in which bleach or another lightening solution is “painted” onto small sections of hair. The end result is a natural and gradual lightening towards the ends of the hair. Balayage may look random and simple, but there is actually a lot of training, practice, and continued education that goes into expertly placing each stroke of color.

While we certainly aren’t the only Birmingham hair salon where you can get balayage hair, we are one of the few who specializes in it. Many hair stylists go to beauty school and then take what they learned into the salon where they work. This can cause issues when a customer wants balayage but each stylist uses a different technique. At Papillon Blanc, our hair stylists are all specially trained to use the best and most proven techniques to create expert balayage every time. That means regardless of who does your hair, you will always see the consistent results you want.

Many people ask about our balayage lookbook. These balayage styles have been created by our hair stylists, and are able to be recreated by them to give you almost an exact replica of what you want. This also is designed to give you some peace of mind when you come into our salon for the first time. For example, you can bring a stylist a picture of Chrissy Teigen and say, “I want my hair to look like hers.” The stylist has almost certainly not done Chrissy Teigen’s hair, so they can only make their best guess as to how exactly her hair was colored. When you use our lookbook, you know you are getting styles that have been created and practiced by the talented stylists who are doing your hair.

Schedule A Hair Appointment With PB Hair Salon Here

We Are More Than Just A Balayage Salon

Balayage is by far the hair request that we hear most often. However, at our heart, we are a beauty salon. We also offer all of the usual beauty salon services, and then some. Our amazing hair stylists can offer haircuts for those who aren’t necessarily looking to add color to their hair and they can do amazing blowouts and styles for when you need a little help getting your hair to look perfect for an upcoming event. Papillon Blanc salon also offers eyebrow waxing and tweezing, as well as eyebrow tinting for those whose eyebrows need a little extra color. Our Birmingham, MI hair salon even offers hair Botox treatments for people whose hair is dry, damaged, dull, and lifeless thanks to over processing.

And speaking of over processed hair, you’ll be happy to know that our hair stylists are experts in color correction. Whether you simply need a toner or you need full-on-color correction, we can help you. Trust us, we’ve all experienced the dread that follows a botched dye job that was supposed to give you Daenerys-Mother-Of-Dragons blonde and ended up looking more like Donald-Trump-Meets-Slim-Shady orange. Don’t panic, just give us a call and tell us how we can help!  

Papillon Blanc is also one of the top places in Michigan to go to learn how to balayage. If you are a hairstylist who is looking to expand your skill set and learn the best practices when it comes to this hair-painting technique, make sure you take a few minutes to read up on our balayage classes for hair stylists!

We Are The “Balayage Salon Near Me” You’ve Been Searching For

Balayage has been around for quite some time. However, like most trends, balayage started in Europe, moved to big cities like Las Angeles and New York, and has been slowly making its way across the United States to become one of the most popular hair coloring techniques available. While the women of France have rejoiced in beautiful hair thanks to balayage since the 1960s, it has only been popular here in Michigan for a few years. Thankfully, PB Salon’s owner caught on quickly to this widespread hair trend and has dedicated years and years of her time to becoming a balayage master.

Choose PB Salon For Your Next Balayage Hair Color

At Papillon Blanc, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients who leave our salon feeling more confident than ever. To schedule an appointment with one of our Birmingham hair stylists, give us a call today at 248-385-1227!

3 Tricks to Camouflage Gray Hair

3 Tricks to Camouflage Gray Hair


Educating  my clients is part of what I do. For me, it’s so important for them to understand how their hair actually grows and the changes it goes through through the years. Have you ever wondered why your colorist encourages you to get your hair done every 4 weeks?

Well, it’s because hair grows an average of  ½ inch a month or 4 weeks. Every 4 weeks new hair growth starts to show and needs to be touched up and blended with the rest of your hair. Majority of women do not want to see gray in their hair so they use color as a tool to counter it.

But did you know that your previous color jobs can also work as a tool to camouflage the new growth when it comes in? Majority of my clients book every 4-6 weeks and meanwhile their new growth blends in so well that in some cases it’s hard to tell if they even have new hair showing.

But what’s the trick?

  1. Add Balayage Highlights. Adding balayage to your base color makes a huge difference. Whether you are a brunette or a blonde, adding natural looking highlights to your base color will camouflage your hair with its natural color so when it starts to grow it is not a major difference. Adding highlights is one thing, however, what is most important in camouflaging your new growth is the amount of the highlights one puts in the hair. What do I mean with that? For example, a woman with 10% gray should have 10% highlights and a woman with 50% gray should be 50% highlights. So your hair colorist should create your highlights in a way that it blends in with your natural hair. However, when a woman that has more than 50% gray in their hair then your colorist should be able to create your color in a way that you don’t have to put too many highlights on. Tip: Highlighted hair together with hair coloring should not have more than 50% highlighted hair. After all, they are called highlights and not high lift…
  2. Zig-zag your part.  Zig-zagging your part not only will confuse the eye but it does give volume to the top of the hair. This helps hide new hair growth. On top of that, voluptuous hair is a great tool for feeling youthful and confident! 
  3. Use Eyebrow Shadow. When you go to your favorite beauty store and get your shadow that matches your eyebrows, I suggest you invest in a eyebrow shadow that matches your root color. It is the easiest and most effective way to cover these stand out roots. One thing I like about eyebrow shadows is that they are very safe, affordable, and effective. Woman with blonde hair that have dark roots can also use dry shampoo. I find dry shampoo to be very effective in these cases.


What Hair Color is Best for Your Skin Tone

Which Hair Color Suits Your Skin Tone Best


3 Easy Ways to Determine What Colors Look Best on Your Skin 


Have you ever wondered  after a color service why you looked pale, tired, and had to apply makeup to bring color back to your face? Chances are you chose the wrong hair color to compliment your skin tone.

Here are three factors to determine which hair color suits you:

  1. Eyebrows: Are your eyebrows lighter color or darker? Lighter eyebrow color is a good indicator that you look better as a medium or lighter color. Have your hair colorist create a color that is 1-2 shades lighter or darker to your eyebrow color. If your eyebrows are light, the hair color that suits your skin tone best is dark medium or light blonde. If your eyebrows are dark, brunette and also other tonalities (ex. Ombre), will suit your skin tone best.
  2. Eye Color: Complimenting your eye color to your hair color helps bring warmth to your face and creates a total, natural look. Look in the mirror and notice what other colors are in your eye? Red, orange-copper, yellow, white? Remember that all the colors in your eye  are the undertones that suites you the best.
  3. Baby Hair: Take queues from your first natural hair color. If you were blonde as a child, hair colors in variants of blonde are best for you. If your hair was dark, chocolate browns and other deep colors are ideal. Red hair indicates that any red hair color will give your skin the extra life and glow it needs.



If you are looking or thinking about trying a new hair stylist, check out my article on How to Choose Your Hair Colorist.

How to Choose Your Hair Colorist/Stylist

Are you having a hard time choosing your hair colorist? Or do you not have a colorist that works wonders with your hair? In this article, I will be sharing some valuable tips on how to choose the right hair colorist that you will be happy with for years to come and why it is so important to stay committed with your colorist once you have found the right one! People that know me also know that one of the main reasons I became a hair stylist is because I was having a VERY hard time finding someone that knew or understood how to work with my hair color and shaping of my hair cut. Almost everyone has that one thing that they would change or improve with their hair and I am one of them. Due to my small features, I LOVE big hair. I have found a few easy ways I can maintain my big fluffy hair. Here is a few tips on how to find your perfect stylist that will make you feel amazing every time!


Check their work.

Nowadays, most stylists post their work on social media, such as instagram, pinterest, or Facebook. Does their style of work fit your style? For example, at the salon, my staff and I focus mostly on natural looks, (click the link to see examples, meaning that it looks natural when someone else looks at your hair. It doesn’t look artificial and the blending is done to perfection.

Check for Proper Blending.

Check the way they blend the colors together, does it look seamless? Click here to see some before and after pics and look closely for lines of demarcation, A good colorist blends the colors together in a seamless way. This stays true for hair shaping, too. When hair is cut in a seamless way, you know the cut is good one.

Do they Analyze your Features?

He/she will analyze your features and will try different things within their own guideline of limitations to make sure to enhance your best features and make sure you look your best. For example, if you qualify and look good with warm caramel undertones, they will enhance these colors in a way for you to look amazing. A good stylist will give suggestions what colors work best to make your features stand out.

Do they Analyze your Hair?

He/she will always analyze your hair. A good hair colorist will want to look how your hair grows and how your pigmentations change with time and make notes of it for the next time you return.. With some people, pigments change more often than others. On some people, gray tends to get grayer faster and with some other hair types it grows out in spurts

Do they Improve your Look?

He/she will always create something for your needs to improve your look. Because hair changes very often it only makes sense to tweak once in awhile. We all go through emotional changes which is interconnected with the way we look. Don’t be afraid to ask your hair colorist or stylist about the topics we talked about. Always remember it is your hair and you will be living with it.

Are they Personable?

Does your stylist have an urge to learn about you? Because hair so personal, she/he will want to match your hair with your personality and most importantly will use this to enhance your look. For example, for someone that likes muted, natural looks it doesn’t make sense to use fantasy colors such as pink, blue, purple etc.. Unless it is a request for a dramatic look then she/he will work with it in a way to test first before you might go permanent with the color.

Are they Up to Date on the Latest Techniques?

He/she should be updated with the latest techniques in her/his industry. Online classes, local classes and hair shows are available all year around so it is very important to ask him/her when was the last time he/she attended color/cutting class. Once every year or every other year is a good frequency. Also, it is very important that they learn techniques with colorist and stylist that have been in the industry for a long time and have a good reputation. Learning just from anyone might not be so good. I teach my staff weekly or monthly depending on the look we are trying to achieve, to make sure they stay updated with the latest techniques.

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