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Selecting the Right Hair Color

Specializes in Naturally Curly Haircuts in Buford Georgia


What is the Balayage technique?

Balayage: A technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

Marie specializes in balayage, hair color corrections and much more…

Anyone can color hair, all you have to do is go to the drug store or the supermarket, purchase a bottle of hair color, read the directions, mix the color, apply it to your hair, shampoo it off and, like magic, you have just the color you've always wanted to be...Right?...Wrong.

Hair coloring is far more complex. It is an exact science. To be a hair colorist, you need the skill and understanding of chemistry, and have the creativity to select just the right shade desired. Couple this with the patience to select hundreds of tiny strands placed in just the right areas of the head to be lightened, and you can understand that today's hair colorist is a skilled specialist.

If you are one of those unlucky ones who has found out the hard way that all hair salons cannot color hair, or if you use the same color on your hair that your neighbor uses and it doesn't come out the same, or the first time you colored your hair, it was perfect and now it is much less than perfect, you've learned that hair coloring is a bit more complex than the TV commercials would have you believe.

Marie’s philosophy of hair coloring is one of natural looking, healthy hair. So whether you want to be a sultry brunette or a radiant redhead or one of our believable blonde shades you can be assured that your hair will always be in the optimum condition.

Changing your hair from a mousy brown or an aging gray to a soft appealing shade can make a definite change in your outlook. Suddenly you feel more attractive, desirable. Changing one's hair color has helped many of our clients make positive changes in their lifestyle.

A complete change may not be for you. You may have perfectly lovely natural hair color, Marie can enhance your natural hair color with an infinite number of exciting, color flattering effects. She is absolutely sure of her hair coloring, because her methods of determining the final color are unique.

The most important factor that the hair color artist (Marie) has to consider is determining which hair color is just right for you. Like selecting a hairstyle, the hair colorist must consider many factors when selecting a hair color. The hair color must blend well with your complexion. Too little contrast and you will look washed out. Too much contrast and the hair color can look too hard and unattractive. Your hair should frame your face in a medium contrast. The hair needs to be either slightly lighter or slightly darker. Other factors are your age, the length of hair, lifestyle, whether you plan to perm, the amount of gray hair and your natural hair color category.

Sun-kissed Highlight
By painting a few select top layer pieces of hair by using two different volume lifting creams." This creates "a beach-y look that is naturally sun-kissed with dimension and depth.

Pintura Highlight
Pintura is somewhat similar to balayage, which is also hand-painting color on hair. But there are some important differences between the two. Pintura is painted curl-by-curl, where balayage slices out sections for highlight/lowlight without regard to texture or shape. Balayage color saturates the entire hair strand (front to back), whereas the color just sits on top of 2/3 of the hair shaft with Pintura ... creating that famous "ribbon of light" effect. The end results are quite different, with pintura being much more dramatic and visible on curly hair than balayage (which sort of disappears into the curl pattern).

Dimensional Hair Coloring
Dimensional hair coloring, the play of soft lights...gentle shadings or dramatic accents streaming through your hair; nature doesn't color hair in one solid dimension. Healthy, young natural hair almost always has variations of color, highlights or shadings running through it. It is these shimmering nuances of color that give hair special radiance and beauty. Marie uses the very latest professional hair coloring techniques to place the highlights just where you need them. Her techniques allow you to get closer to your scalp, which means less frequent retouching.

Twilight Foil
Remember when you were younger and you had the time to spend in the sun? Soft highlights will do the same thing to your hair. By isolating small sections of hair and using a gentle lightener on those sections, you create an effect that looks exactly like the sun did it. No one will ever know!

Tortoise Shelling
Marie will start with natural dark hair or hair that has been colored; then she will add streams of caramel and amber shades. The result is a beautiful blend of colors that will enhance any hairstyle. It is truly a beautiful effect.

Amber Lights
Amber color streaks marbled throughout the darker hair. Almost the same as tortoise shelling; only the hair is lightened lighter; then a toner is applied. The effect is very striking. This dimensional hair color will add fashion and flair to your hair.


Redheads have always been special, because they make up such a small percentage of the world population. Redheads create a challenge. It takes special skills to maintain a beautiful red shade. So if you have a yearning to brighten up and draw attention to yourself, becoming a redhead will do it for you. Marie is a great hair colorists and has learned to master the red shades, so if you are looking for a flaming titian, a delicate strawberry or a deep auburn, Marie has the skill to do it for you.

Deep Rich Redheads

Burgundies, mahoganies, plums and eggplant all make such beautiful, rich, deep red tones that enhance darker hair. If you are one of those lucky people that can wear these tones, come in and let us glamorize you.

Muted Reds
Soft natural reds are Marie’s most popular redheads. There is just enough red tones to be a standout but not so red to be defiant. Come in and try it on. You'll love it!

Dimensional Reds
Marie is a hair colorists and has a special way of creating the most dramatic reds available. By first lightening streaks of hair blonde, then putting a red tone over the entire head of hair, you get a beautiful dimensional effect. This is a look that will turn heads.

Golden Reds
The most natural looking red tones are those that are golden toned. Variations of gold and amber tones give the hair a beautiful rich glow. It is hard to tell our golden reds from the real thing.

Gray Reduction

You can remove just some of your gray hair without making a total commitment. It requires coloring only portions of the hair to match your existing natural hair color. This technique is the favorite to those that do not want anyone to notice that their hair was colored.

Hair color is accomplished in the same manner as tone on tone. Using a slightly darker hair color, cover the gray hair. Add to the hair, streaks of caramel colored highlights. This is a truly beautiful effect for someone with graying hair.

Why go Ombre?
Ombre is a French word that literally means shaded; think gradient color, like you'd see on a swatch of fabric or skein of yarn. Ombre is a hot trend in Hair Color this year-and with good reason!

Nothing is more low maintenance than not coloring your hair, but comparatively speaking, Ombre is a fairly easy hair color look to keep up (presuming you go from darker roots to lighter ends). For the least maintenance, go as close to your natural hair color as possible near your roots, then gradually go lighter down the hair shaft.

Ombre is an anti-aging hair color trick.
Ombre hair coloring actually mimics the hair color of our childhoods. Remember when you'd get so much sun in the summer that your hair would lighten dramatically? Then, by mid-winter, you'd have that Ombre look...naturally. Presuming your natural hair color isn't gray; Ombre hair color looks very youthful.

Given that the whole point of the effect is to make it look on purpose like you're growing out your roots. Ombre actually makes dialing down your hair-coloring budget while retaining some of that expensive lighter color stylish.

I love this look! It's fresh and unique. A little of the beach and casual! We probably wouldn't try it at home, but done right, it's an extremely flattering way to "go lighter." If you're thinking about a Blonde Hairstyle, this is the way to go!

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