The Balayage Adventure

As I am currently avoiding studying for finals, I’m going to be writing all about my Balayage hair adventure.

For those of you who don’t know, “Balayage, taken from the French word meaning “to sweep”, is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent” (google search).

So, unlike ombre-where your hair is going from darker at the top to lighter at the bottom, Balayage is like placing random highlights throughout your hair in a sweeping motion that is supposed to make it seems like waves (on a beach?). I don’t know, that’s just the impression I get, I swear.

Anyway, I’ve done quite a bit of searching for hair stylists that will do this kind of technique and who are good at it when it comes to doing Asian hair. Here’s the problem with Asian hair guys—if you try to lighten it or bleach it in any way, the hair will more than likely turn orange first before any other color. So I needed to find someone who could give me the hair I want without making me look like an Oompa-Loompa.

After an extensive amount of research for stylists both in Los Angeles and Orange County—I came to the conclusion. I wanted Guy Tang to do my hair. If you ever watched YouTube, specifically beauty gurus, you would know that Guy Tang is the one who did Michelle Phan’s hair way back when Michelle Phan was still consistently posting videos (pre-2016). Since then he has exploded and done the hair of many other people, celebrities included. Because of this, Guy Tang hasn’t taken on any new clients for the past 6 or so months—last I checked. Thus, I continued on with my journey to find my perfect Balayage stylist.

Now after a couple of weeks of searching, scouring through yelp pages of both Los Angeles and Orange County—I found a few stylists that I felt were preferable. They were all generally 4.5+ stars and had a decent set of reviews. But the one that stood out to me the most was the Brian Guy Studio—mostly because on his yelp photos I saw that he was friends with Guy Tang!!

On the Brian Guy Studio Yelp Page, they have a really easy appointment system set up straight online. You can pick the style/cut/service that you want, with the stylist that you want. Then the system pulls up a bunch of availabilities so that you pick the one that is best for you. I eventually set up an afternoon appointment with Kim for a Balayage and cut.

Side Note: Initially I had hair that hit about the beginnings of my rib cage (it used to be at my hips). So I’m generally very used to having long hair. But I was so tired of it and ready for a change. Thus, I made the decision to chop all of it off.

When I got there, I only had to wait a few minutes for Kim to finish up with her previous appointment. Once it started, Kim was really clear about what she could and could not do based on my current hair type and color.

I have a lot of red tones and my hair is generally pretty wavy and frizzy so I couldn’t cut it too short or else my hair would fuzz up a lot. Plus, Kim had to work extra hard to get all the red out of my hair or else risk it looking all orange.

Kim really knew what she was talking about and definitely took care of me and my hair really well. She pointed out all the messier areas of my hair and explained to me that my previous stylist had used too much razor, which made my hair look way unhealthier than it actually was.

Besides coloring my hair, she also toned it a couple of times after washing in order to get a purer color (which I totally appreciated). Guys, I’ve seen what my hair is like when it isn’t properly toned and honestly before I felt like I was an actual orange (like the fruit).

Anyway after coloring my hair, Kim chopped it completely off to my shoulders and put layers throughout it to give my hair more body. In the end, I honestly loved the way it looked so much more than any previous hair cut that I have ever gotten.

Here is the before picture:


Here are the after pictures:


I highly recommend going to Brian Guy Studio in Orange County. They are really amazing and attentive. The whole process only took 2.5 hours which is so quick when you think about the amount of work that was actually done. I had the best experience at Brian Guy and I’m absolutely infatuated with my hair. I feel like a person’s hair style is such an integral part of their overall aesthetic, and it’s so important to take good care of it and have it in just the right way that meshes well with the vibes you put out. 


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