An Overview Of Our Hair Salon Services

An Overview Of Our Hair Salon Services

Here at Papillon Blanc, we are mostly known for being a balayage hair salon in Birmingham, MI — one of the only balayage-specific salons in the area! But, that’s not all we do. In today’s blog, we are going to take some time to highlight (no pun intended) some of our other hair salon services. Keep reading to see what we can do for you!

Our Hair Salon Services

Below are just a few of the many services we offer at our hair salon!

Hair Extensions

If you are looking for hair extensions in Birmingham, we’ve got you and your gorgeous new locks covered. Hair extensions not only add length to your hair, but fullness and texture as well. Make sure to choose a hair salon with excellent colorists (like us!) for extensions so they can color match the extensions and your natural hair for a seamless transition.


Blowouts are becoming more and more popular. Some women get a blowout for a special occasion, whereas others religiously visit our Birmingham salon for a weekly blowout. A blowout is a service that involves a wash, blowdry, and style. It’s more of a pampering session than a hair service, yet it leaves your hair looking fabulous and fills you with confidence.

Pro Tip: If you do get blowouts and other hair services regularly, take a look at our membership program. Our membership includes an annual fee in exchange for major discounts on your regular services, including blowouts which are only $20 with the membership program! (Our membership plan is available for a limited time only so be sure to check here for the latest details! However, once you sign up, your prices are guaranteed to be locked in for one year!)

Cut and Color

Of course, just like any hair salon, we offer a regular cut and color. Our hair stylists are incredibly talented at creating a look that you will absolutely love, using their experience and your desires to create a beautiful result! You can bring in photos for guidance or let our stylists suggest cuts and colors that will flatter your face and skin tone.


Say that a month or so ago you had an amazing color service and left the salon feeling like an absolute queen. Now, some weeks later, you just aren’t loving your hair as much and you can’t quite put your finger on what it may be. Over time, your hair color will naturally change color to some extent — even with permanent dyes. This is completely normal and just something that we have to deal with. Thankfully, a toner is an easy fix for this problem. This is a great option for people who have their hair colored but do not have full color services every four to six weeks. A toner can tone down the brassiness, add a nice hue, or add warmth depending on your desired look.

Eyebrow Waxing and Eyebrow Tinting

The state of your eyebrows can have an effect on your entire face. Not only does the shape of your eyebrows matter, but the color does as well. We offer eyebrow shaping and tinting services. Eyebrow tinting or eyebrow coloring can help your eyebrows stand out more if your brows are naturally light or white/gray, or it can help your eyebrows and hair go better together if you color your hair differently than your natural color.

Schedule A Service At Our Birmingham Hair Salon Today!

Papillon Blanc is the hair salon Birmingham residents trust with their gorgeous locks. From superior balayage application thanks to the extensive training and experience of our stylists to bouncy blowouts and more, we are the hair salon that does it all — and does it all excellently. Schedule an appointment today!


Give The Gift Of Gorgeous Hair

Give The Gift Of Gorgeous Hair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another winter holiday, it is likely that you will spend the next few weeks spending time with family and exchanging gifts. This year, why not give the gift of beautiful hair? Keep reading to find out how Papillon Blanc Salon can help you achieve this feat!

So many gifts just sit in a closet and never get used. Try something new this year. Get in touch with our Birmington hair salon today to learn about buying a hair service or a gift card for a friend or loved one! Not only are you giving someone a really amazing and unique gift, but you are also giving them a gift that will boost their confidence and make them feel beautiful for months to come.

This is the perfect gift for a parent, sister, or wife who forgets to treat themselves every now and then, for your teenager who is starting to experiment with hair dye and you want to make sure a professional is at the helm, or even as a gift for yourself. No one ever said you can’t reward yourself with a present after another year of hard work!

How Can I Give Someone The Gift Of Beautiful Hair?

We offer a wide range of hair services that can make anyone feel like a queen. You can purchase a gift certificate for your friend or loved one that they can put toward one of our services! Our most popular hair service is balayage. A client can choose from our look-book or create their own style.


Gift cards can also be used for blowouts. Hair blowouts involve washing, drying, and styling a client’s hair using professional products that will keep the style going strong all day — or for several days if you don’t wash it! This is an affordable option for someone just looking for a little pampering and a confidence boost.

Let Papillon Blanc Pamper You!

Whether you are sending a friend or loved one to our balayage salon in Birmingham as a gift or you are treating yourself to a well-deserved session in the salon chair, we can offer customized hair services to fit your needs and budget. Get in touch today to schedule an appointment or consultation or to inquire about gift cards! We’d love to welcome you or your special someone into our balayage salon soon!

Here’s What People Are Saying About Papillon Blanc Salon

Here’s What People Are Saying About Papillon Blanc Salon

At Papillon Blanc, we know we would be nothing without our clients. After all, it is you who puts your trust into us to color, cut, and style your hair — and we certainly do not take that trust lightly! In this day and age, online reviews are incredibly important to the success of a business. When our clients leave our Birmingham hair salon, their happiness is all we need to feel appreciated. However, some clients go the extra mile and tell their friends about us or leave us kind reviews across the internet. Today, we’d like to take a few minutes to highlight some of the positive Papillon Blanc reviews we have received recently and say a big, “Thank you,” for your continued support and faith in our amazing hair stylists.

Check out some of our favorite reviews below:

“Don’t go ANYWHERE else for your balayage or highlights. This place is dedicated to the most beautiful balayage I’ve seen. My colorist, Desirea, was amazing and super helpful in making my hair absolutely gorgeous. She listens to everything about your past hair experiences/color, what type of things you’ve had done to your hair, and looks at any/all the pictures you’ve probably already saved on your phone from pinterest! She is very good at really getting down to what you are looking for and wants you to get EXACTLY what you are looking for. I wish I would have found Papillon Blanc years ago…” – Cassandra L, 5-Star Google Review

Cassandra, thank you so much for your kind review! While we perform all of your typical hair services, we are truly dedicated to being one of the best balayage salons in Birmingham, MI, and we are thrilled our clients recognize the care and training our stylists go through to perfect their balayage technique. We look forward to welcoming you for your next visit!

“Eda works magic! I wanted to try balayage and needed to ease into it slowly and Eda knew just what to do to give me pops of brightness that were not too overwhelming for a first-timer. That first experience was enough to get me back for more, but just the right amount of more. I am thrilled with the experience and now I keep coming back for more!” – Erin Elmiger, 5-Star Facebook Review

Erin, thanks for your kind words! We understand that changing your hair can be intimidating, and we’re thrilled that you trusted our skilled salon owner to help you take the leap. We can’t wait to see where your hair journey takes you and you can always count on our Birmingham balayage salon to give you exactly what you’re looking for.

“Desirea is truly amazing. She listened to what I wanted, and somehow managed to exceed my expectations! I have never gotten as many compliments on my hair as I have since I got it done by Desirea. Thanks so much!” Amanda G, 5-Star Facebook Review

Amanda, we’re so happy to hear you’re receiving plenty of compliments on your hair! It’s one thing when you like your hair, and it’s another thing when friends and strangers start to notice how gorgeous your hair is. Our stylists truly have a way to turn a client’s vision into something better than they could have imagined. We look forward to having you back at PB Salon!

“I had the best experience at PB with Luma! She did exactly what I wanted when it came to color, cut, and style! She was constantly asking for my opinion on anything she would do before she did it and made me feel very comfortable. I already booked my 8 week trim to keep my hair healthy and long like she recommended. Thank you so much Luma!!” Ivette T., 5-Star Facebook Review

Hi Ivette! Thanks for the review! As women, we’ve all had that experience where a stylist takes a few too many liberties and you end up with something you didn’t want. At our Birmingham hair salon, we want our clients to know that while we are always happy to offer our expert advice, at the end of the day, it’s your hair and you have the final say over what it looks like. We look forward to seeing you for your next appointment!

“Had a great experience with Luma! She took her time during the consultation to listen to what I wanted and then explain the process to get there. We agreed on a multi step process and I’m looking forward to going back for the next step. The salon itself is clean and modern, very comfortable. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful.” – Veronica R., 5-Star Top Rated Local® Review

Hi Veronica, thanks for the kind feedback! Our stylists always strive to give clients exactly what they want while still being realistic about how much time it will take to achieve your goal. This is all for the greater good of your hair, as our multi-step processes ensure your hair stays healthy and strong. Thanks for bearing with us while we get your hair to that perfect color you’ve been dreaming of! We promise it will be worth the time when you’ve got a pro like Luma working on your hair!

Are You Ready For The Best Hair Salon Experience?

When it comes to choosing the best hair salon, Birmingham residents know Papillon Blanc will always deliver! Our hair stylists are highly trained in the art of balayage and would love to help you create a beautiful look that will boost your confidence and make you feel amazing. After all, that’s what we’re all about here!

Get in touch today to schedule an appointment at our hair salon in Birmingham. We look forward to meeting you or welcoming you back! Schedule an appointment here.

Going Short: Preparing For A Major Hair Change

Going Short: Preparing For A Major Hair Change

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

Every woman has experienced that frustrating moment when you are simply tired of your own hair. Whether it won’t hold a curl, is fried from years or decades of dye and heavy processing, or you’re just plain bored after having the same haircut for years, you’ve likely sat in a salon chair and begged your stylist to just “chop it all off.”

Women come into our balayage salon in Birmingham, MI all the time asking for us to cut their hair significantly shorter. As women, we have spent our entire lives being told what our hair should or shouldn’t look like. Many times, when a woman comes in looking for a significant change in her hair style, it is because she’s ready for a major change and ready to take charge of this part of her life.

For some of us, our hair is a security blanket. For others, it’s a pain in the neck (sometimes literally!) to style it every day. Whether you want to start fresh with your hair, just experienced a major life event and want to celebrate with a new cut, or have always wanted short hair and now is the best time to do it, we’d love to help you on this journey.

Below, we’ve compiled some advice to help you decide if now is truly the right time to go short.

What To Consider Before Cutting Your Hair Short

Before you cut your hair off, consider the following scenario: You wake up in a panic realizing your alarm didn’t go off. You meant to wash your hair last night, but you decided it could wait until the morning instead even though it was pretty greasy. You have an important meeting at work and you absolutely cannot be late. What do you do? If your hair is long enough, you could likely get away with a quick spritz of dry shampoo and throwing it up into a neat top bun. If your hair is short, your options will be much more limited.

Unless you truly buzz your hair, short hair will always be higher maintenance than long hair because you can’t simply put it in a braid or throw it in a messy bun. Before you go for a big chop, be sure you are able to commit to washing and styling your hair as needed.

It is also a good idea to consider the time of year. As we write this, we are finally getting into that beautiful Michigan fall weather and soon the temperatures will dip even lower and the ground will be covered in snow. Personally, now is a great time to cut your hair short. Cutting off all of your hair right before summer can leave you hot and sweaty with no way to pull your hair out of your face and off of your neck. However, during fall and winter, short hair is amazing because it won’t get tangled up in your scarves, you can pop on a beanie if it’s a little greasy, and you won’t overheat if you can’t put it up in a ponytail.

Preparing On The Day Of The Cut

Like we mentioned above, for some of us, our hair is a security blanket and cutting it all off can be as terrifying as it is liberating. If this is you, be sure to emotionally prepare yourself for the change. Try to schedule your salon visit for a time when you’re feeling particularly confident and happy. You can even bring a friend with you for moral support!

If you have a specific look in mind, be sure to bring a reference. Your stylist can always use their best judgement and give you a look that flatters your face if you aren’t picky. However, if you want a very specific cut or shape, be sure to bring in pictures of styles you like. Otherwise, a “chin-length haircut” can range from an A-line to a pixie cut to a blunt bob.

When To Not Drastically Change Your Hair

We’ll start by saying we would never want to discourage you from doing something you truly want to do. However, there are a few instances when it would be a good idea to sleep on a drastic hair change for a week or so.

These instances might include right before your wedding. Planning a wedding can be so stressful and nerve-wracking that you end up taking all of that frustration out on your hair. However, short hair seriously limits the type of style you can wear on your wedding day. While short hair can be equally as beautiful as long hair, if you had dreamed of an intricate braided updo, you might want to wait until after the wedding to cut your hair.

Another time you might want to think twice about a major haircut is when you are going through a rough patch emotionally. For some, cutting their hair during this time can feel freeing and be just what they need. For others, it can be emotionally traumatizing. Make sure that you are cutting your hair for the right reasons and seeking the help of friends or professionals to get through those hard times.

Are You Ready For A Major Hair Change? We Can Help!

The most important thing to remember about cutting your hair is that it will grow back. When you choose the best hair stylists in Birmingham, MI to cut and style your hair, though, you can be confident in the fact that even if you feel nervous about cutting your hair, you are in good hands with Papillon Blanc salon! Get in touch today to schedule a hair service!

6 Signs It’s Time To Visit Your Balayage Salon

6 Signs It’s Time To Visit Your Balayage Salon

Some of us visit the hair salon religiously every four or six weeks. You might have the first of every month booked in your hair stylist’s calendar for the upcoming year. Others, though, only make hair appointments as needed. If that sounds like you, then this blog is the perfect guide for knowing when it’s time to call Papillon Blanc salon and schedule an appointment!

Signs You Need To Visit Your Birmingham Hair Salon

  1. Your hair is a pain to brush out. If you’ve been noticing more tangles lately, it could mean that your hair is full of split ends or in desperate need of hydration. Our hair salon in Birmingham can give you a much-needed trim and give you a collagen or hair Botox treatment to give your hair a softer, smoother texture.
  2. Your icy blonde locks have turned brassy. Not everyone’s hair will respond to color the same. When that is the case, your hair stylist can put a toner in your hair to tone down brassiness or warmness. After a while, this toner wears off and you will need a fresh treatment. If your hair is looking a little brassy, you might not need a full balayage treatment. Sometimes a simple toner can fix it!
  3. Your hair is frizzy or full of split ends. We mentioned this briefly earlier, but a head full of split ends can look frizzy and become unmanageable. Split ends cannot truly be healed and need to be cut off before they damage your hair even more. Our hair stylists can give your hair a quick dusting to get rid of pesky split ends.
  4. You feel like your hair “won’t do anything.” Immediately after a haircut, your hair is likely manageable, smooth, and easy to style. However, as it grows out, your layers might fall in different places and your haircut will not lay as your stylist intended. At this point, it’s time to come in for a fresh cut!
  5. It’s been more than six weeks since your last visit. In order to avoid all of the above, we recommend coming in every six weeks for color touch-ups, toners, and trims. At this point, you can talk to your stylist about any issues you’ve been having with your hair and how to avoid them in the future.
  6. You want to try something new. Frankly, you don’t need any of the reasons above to stop by our balayage salon. The only reason you need is that you’re ready to try something new with your hair. Whether you want to cut it all off, get extensions, or try out a new color for the upcoming season, our Birmingham hair stylists can give you a look you absolutely love.

Come See Us A PB Salon!

Our balayage salon is the best place in Birmingham to get balayage, but it is also the perfect place to receive expert hair services for trims, major cuts, extensions, and anything else you might need. Whether your last salon visit was two weeks ago or two years ago, our hair stylists will send you off with a cut and style you love. Schedule an appointment today!

Balayage FAQ

Balayage FAQ


Whether you’ve been dying your hair since middle school or have never set foot in a professional color salon, you are likely curious about balayage. It is a word that has been thrown around in the hair world, and today we are answering some of your most burning questions about this amazing hair painting technique. Keep reading to learn more about balayage, and be sure to book an appointment at our balayage hair salon to experience the full potential of your hair

What is balayage?

Balayage refers to a French coloring technique that involves painting sections of hair by hand. Your stylist will take small sections of hair and paint them with a lightening product. This product will only lighten your hair so much, and stops working after it dries. This ensures your hair lightens evenly from the first section to the final pieces and prevents prolonged damage that can occur with regular dyes and bleaches. In contrast to traditional highlights, balayage looks more natural and does not involve the use of foils.

How is balayage different from highlights?

Traditional highlights and hair coloring are much less customizable. You have likely experienced a hair stylist grab a section of hair, use the pointy end of a comb to weave in and out and collect every-other-section within the first big section, apply dye to the pieces, and wrap it tightly in a foil. This is a routine way to highlight hair, and it does not allow for any sort of custom application. When you get balayage, your hair stylist will examine the shape of your face, the length of your hair, and consider your desired effect as they pick and choose which sections to apply lightener to, how close to the root to apply, and determine how that specific piece will work with the overall flow of your hair.

In reference to the first question, balayage also does not use foils. It also does not force your hair to become a color it does not want to be, making it the least damaging method to lighten your hair.

Is balayage the same thing as ombre hair? What about sombre?

Ombre and sombre hair are both results that can be achieved using a balayage or smudging technique. The main difference is that a balayage look typically appears to be more natural, whereas an ombre effect creates a more obvious transition from one color to another, usually around the middle of the head.

How often do I need to get my balayage touched up?

As often or as little as you’d like! The beautiful thing about balayage is it has a natural “grown out” look. It truly depends on where you want your balayage to start. If you like the painted pieces to be close to your roots, you will need more frequent touch ups than someone who likes their light pieces to start further down, then you can go longer between touch ups. However, one thing to keep in mind is if you like your hair to be ashy or cool in tone, you might need to stop by for a toner every month or so to keep your pieces from turning brassy.

Can girls with short hair get balayage?

Yes! If you hop on Instagram or Pinterest and look for pictures of balayage hair, you will likely be met with thousands of images of women with long, perfectly wavy hair. However, balayage works just as well on a pixie cut as it does on waist-length hair. Check out the Papillon Blanc Instagram page and you’ll see what we mean!

Do I need to find salons that do balayage near me? Or can I go to any old hair salon in Birmingham?

Because balayage is a relatively new trend, many hair stylists have not been trained in the art — and trust us, it is an art. At PB Salon, all of our stylists have gone through rigorous training to ensure they have perfected the art of balayage. While it may seem like simply painting sections of hair, there is a lot of technique that goes into making sure the final product looks spectacular and not like grown-out tiger stripes. Our color specialists can also ensure your new color complements your skin tone and expertly frames your face. If you are looking for above and beyond balayage services, we suggest choosing a balayage salon like ours or asking your stylist what type of balayage training he or she has received.

Want To Know More About Balayage? Ask The Experts!

Our hair salon is always happy to answer your questions about balayage. For those wondering if balayage will work for you, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation where you can show us exactly what you want, and our stylists will let you know what steps we need to take to achieve it. Give us a call at (248) 385-1227 or schedule an appointment online!

The Hottest Balayage Colors For Fall

The Hottest Balayage Colors For Fall


Fall is right around the corner, and that means a lot of you are looking to freshen up your locks with a new cut and color. We have seen some of these fall color trends before (thankfully, beautiful hair never goes out of style), and some are brand new. However, one thing is certain. While past hair color trends have involved cool, ashy, and even silvery tones, this year is all about embracing the warmth. This fall, expect to see more people turning away from the purple shampoos and white-blonde hair and turning toward a warmer color palette.

Icy Blonde

Alright, trends haven’t swayed completely away from icy locks. Thankfully, this look works perfectly no matter what season it is. Channel your inner Elsa and rock this white-blonde look. To fit the trend, you can follow up with a silver toner and be sure to use a purple shampoo to avoid yellowness. This look will make you feel like a snow princess during the cold winter months, and you’ll be ahead of the trend if you complete this look during fall.

Buttery Blonde

Just as bright as icy blonde but a little less intense! If the thought of walking around with a head full of white hair scares you, start the transition with a warm buttery blonde color. This is a great option to embrace for people who have had trouble cooling down natural warm tones in their hair. Not quite brassy, warm buttery blonde hair embraces your natural undertones and cuts down on your cost of all that purple shampoo.

Reds and Auburns

The leaves won’t be the only things turning red this fall. All shades of auburn are in this year. From brunette that is so deep you can only see the red when the sun hits it to pale brick color that can nearly be classified as strawberry blonde, red and auburn hair is universally flattering. Ask your hairstylist which shade of auburn will best complement your skin tone, whether it’s a rusty red, a deep wine color, or cinnamon.

Rich Brown

While people who lean toward auburn hair might look great with a cup of hot apple cider in their hand, those who want to embrace a deep brunette color might tend toward a mug of hot cocoa. The key to this trend is creating hair that is so rich it’s sweet. Whether that looks like a mousy milk chocolate for you or a deep brown with maple syrup highlights, these rich brown colors are good enough to eat! Our favorite look we’re loving this year is the newest member of the royal family, Meghan Markle, whose deep brown locks are highlighted with the tiniest sweet caramel strands.

Need To Update Your Color? We Can Help

One of the best ways to incorporate a new color is with balayage. Check out our balayage lookbook to see how you can try these fad colors out for yourself. Give us a call at (248) 385-1227 or schedule an appointment online to set up a color consultation and appointment!

5 Summer-Recovery Hair Tips From Your Favorite Hair Salon

5 Summer-Recovery Hair Tips From Your Favorite Hair Salon

Summer can do a number on your hair. From jumping in chlorinated pools and swimming in the ocean to spending hours and hours with the hot sun beating down on your gorgeous locks, it is likely that your hair took somewhat of a beating this summer. But don’t worry! In today’s blog, we’re offering up 5 things you can do to get your hair back in tip-top shape before fall.

But first, make sure you have your appointment scheduled at Papillon Blanc, your dedicated beauty and balayage salon in Birmingham, Michigan. We’d love to help you get your hair looking great as soon as possible!

Replenish Lost Moisture

Your hair loses a lot of moisture during the summer, and it’s time to take action to get it back. You will want to deeply condition your hair to ensure moisture is absorbed deep into the shaft, rather than just sitting on the surface. You can pick up a deep conditioning hair mask at your favorite store, or make a DIY mask at home. One fun DIY conditioning hair treatment consists of mixing together olive oil, a banana, avocado, and an egg and combing the product through your hair, leaving it shiny, strong, and soft. If that seems like a lot of work, comb some olive oil or coconut oil through your hair before you shower, leave it on for twenty minutes or so, and shampoo it as usual.

Along those lines, don’t forget to give your hair plenty of moisture from the inside as well by drinking lots of water. While you would think that the heat of summer would make us slightly dehydrated, we actually tend to drink more water during the summer. Make sure you keep up your water intake during the colder months!

Check Your Hair Products

There are a few things you want to look out for in the hair products that you use every day. Look out for ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, sulfates, and propylene glycol. These ingredients are known to get hair squeaky clean, but they also can cause breakage and dryness. If you’re trying to recover your hair after a long, hot summer stick to more natural options or hair products that are free of alcohols, parabens, sulfates, and other hair-harming ingredients.

Try A Collagen or Hair Botox Treatment

At our Birmingham, MI hair salon, we offer Botox and collagen treatments for your hair. While this might sound a little “out there” for someone who has only ever used our services for a cut and color, they are actually common treatments that are known for giving hair that va-va-voom it’s been missing. These treatments nourish the hair and make it softer, more manageable, and more voluminous, as well as improves the elasticity and prevents breakage. Schedule an appointment at our PB Hair Salon to learn more about these revitalizing hair treatments!

Dust Off Those Ends

Sometimes all your hair needs to look refreshed and revitalized is a nice trim to get rid of split ends. All the grief that we put our hair through during the summer, from tight ponytails to days at the pool, can result in some major breakage. If you want to keep your length, have your hair stylist just dust off the ends to get rid of frizzy split ends. If you want to make a bigger impact on the health of your hair, cut off a couple inches or more of those dry, dead ends.

Get Some Fresh Color

Sometimes your hair just looks blah after summer. It’s not a color you love, it’s dull, it’s dry. If you’ve done the above and still aren’t loving your hair, or you’re just ready for something new, stop by our balayage salon in Birmingham for some gorgeous fresh color. Our color specialists can recreate our “lookbook” styles on your hair or work with your current color, texture, and length to create the perfect balayage look you’ll love.

Balayage is a great option for anyone trying to maintain the health of their hair because it is a relatively low-maintenance style, meaning there is no need for a monthly trip the salon to touch up your roots. We also use only the highest quality hair products at our salon to keep your hair healthy, even when we’re dying it.

Refresh Your Hair At Our Birmingham Hair Salon

Papillon Blanc salon would love to see you stop by for some much-needed hair care! We know it’s easy to neglect your hair during the summer, but now that the weather is cooling down and there is less time to be spent at the local pool or at the beach, it’s the perfect time to make an appointment to get your hair looking fabulous. Give us a call at (248) 385-1227 or schedule an appointment online!

Your Balayage Hair Salon Shares The History Of Hair Dye

Your Balayage Hair Salon Shares The History Of Hair Dye

As one of the leading hair salons in Birmingham, Michigan, we take hair coloring very seriously. Our hair salon specializes in balayage, and each of our hair stylists have been highly trained in this art. However, dying your hair hasn’t always been as safe or easy as it is now. Keep reading to learn a little bit about the history of hair dye!

Ancient Roots To Cover Gray Roots

The history of hair dye spans all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. Evidence shows that since at least 1500 BC, people have been dying their hair. The ancient Egyptians used henna to cover up gray hair. Eventually, the Greeks and Romans developed means to dye hair permanently, opting for a formula made from fermented leeches.

Hair Color Becomes A Status Symbol

During the early stages of the Roman Empire, prostitutes were required to have blonde or yellow hair to symbolize their profession. This was achieved in a number of ways, from wigs to using early hair dyes made from the ashes of burned nuts or plants. Women who were naturally blonde would use other plant extracts to darken their hair, as to seem more respectable. The Greeks, on the other hand, viewed blonde hair as a sign of innocence and was seen as angelic, and soon chemical hair bleaches were used.

Witchcraft Or Royalty?

By the middle ages, red hair, caused by a genetic mutation, was believed to be a sign of witchcraft and having ginger locks was incredibly taboo. It wasn’t until Queen Elizabeth I and her auburn hair took the throne that being a redhead became more acceptable. People even began to dye their hair to emulate the Queen.

Chemical Hair Dye Is Accidentally Created

In an attempt to find a cure for malaria in the 1800s, English chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally created a permanent synthetic hair dye called para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which is still a common base in hair dyes today. In 1907, the PPD base was used in the first ever commercial hair dye by the same man who would go on to create the L’Oreal beauty company. In 1931, a movie by the name of Platinum Blonde was released that would change the hair salon and dying industry forever. The movie starred Jean Harlow, an actress known for her bleached blond curls (which, she swears, are natural). The movie team organized “Platinum Blonde Clubs” across the country and even offered a $10,000 prize to any local hair stylist who could recreate the look.

Blondes Have More Fun

Up until the 1950s, going full-blonde could not be achieved without the use of bleach, which often lead to damaged hair and irritated scalps. However, around this time the company Clairol created a one-step hair dye that lightened hair without using bleach. This new process, in combination with the then-new blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, meant more and more women were going blonde.

Balayage Becomes The Biggest Hair Trend

While the formula of hair dye has not changed much, the trends certainly have. These days, everyone is looking for “salons that do balayage near me” on their smartphones – something women of the past could never have dreamed of. Thankfully, you have access to amazing hair stylists right here in Birmingham, Michigan. Our hair salon specializes in balayage, and we’d love to help you get this look that has been the predominant hair color trend for years, and will be for many more to come. Schedule an appointment today!

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.

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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!

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