What is Balayage?

The magic question: What is Balayage, and what makes it different from foils?

Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed, natural looking hair color – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being ‘less is more’ when creating soft, natural looks.

Sun-Kissed BalayageOver the past several years, Balayage has become much more popular. The art of Balayage does not utilize a specific product; rather, it is a technique that can be done with any color. I fell in love with Balayage because of its soft and sun-kissed look, loving how it mimics that child-like hair color that results from summers spent out in the sun.  Being a painter by nature, the freedom to place color where it’s needed and organically highlight just what the hair needs versus layering on row of foils makes it a dream canvas.

Balayage gives a natural, non-uniform, ever so slightly 'grown-out' lookSomething else to consider is that the head is a round surface…when highlights are applied using the Balayage technique, it results in a natural, non-uniform, ever so slightly ‘grown-out’ look. Foils are great too – they serve their purpose, and I truly value them. Balayage just holds special place in my heart because it allows me to express myself creatively and customize natural highlights for each client. Many of my clients were anxious about trying this technique initially, and now it’s all they want!

How is Balayage applied?How is it applied?

Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips of the hair, otherwise you would have a streak of color that isn’t very soft at all. It is also called a ‘freehand’ technique because no foil is used to create the highlights.

Balayage is a 'freehand' techniqueWhat sets it apart from traditional hair coloring?

It’s totally specific to each client! A good Balayage expert will be able to place the color to suit your skin tone so it’ll look amazing and really lighten up your features. But don’t get it confused with layage – a similar but more precise technique.

What’s making it so popular recently?

It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught until recently. It’s now becoming much better known because clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets.

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

Not much at all. It grows out beautifully and very naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you need to do is protect it as you would any other color: use a color protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.

What is Balayage?What makes it timeless?

It’s low maintenance, looks more natural, and is a modern technique extremely flattering. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that will never go out of fashion. Balayage gives a gorgeous healthy finish that looks nature-enhanced, glossy and feminine. It can be natural or strong, depending on what you want – it’s all about the application technique.

Beauty Launchpad Magazine Article

GREEN is the New BLACK

We are proud to share that Meleesa the Salon, a unique and sustainable beauty salon, is part of this Green Movement. Currently, Beauty Launchpad magazine, one of the top industry magazines, features Meleesa the Salon and their partnership with Green Circle Salons. Green Circle Salons is a Canadian company that’s taking an incredible amount of trash left by the beauty industry and is using it in helpful ways. Where do all those hair clipping go? Well, we send them away and they are used as hair absorbing mats for those messy oil spills in the ocean. “Currently Meleesa the Salon recycles 120 pounds of trash a month. The earth is our home and change has to start in our homes and places of work. I love nature and to me, Green is the new Black.” says Meleesa.

We would love for you to come and experience our Sustainable and Cruelty-Free salon, where we are creating more than beauty – we are creating change.

For more information, please contact us.

You can read the full article here: http://beautylaunchpad.epubxp.com/i/655912-apr-2016/34

Dry Haircutting

The Art of Dry Hair Cutting

dry_haircuttingSometimes when you walk into Meleesa the Salon, you’ll see our artists working on dry hair. Often while receiving a dry haircut, clients ask, ‘What is going on – are you going to wash my hair?’ Of course we are! I like to explain the process using the analogy of creating a fine gown: a fine gown starts with a piece of fabric, and is usually laid on a flat surface and cut into a pattern with a pair of scissors. This is a standard pattern, one that could fit just about anyone. In a similar vein, often times when you go to a hair salon, hairdressers try to fit specific haircuts like long layers, short or round layers to a particular head, in the same way that you might give that same gown to several different women who have different body types. To me, it’s all in the details – a gown does not become couture until it’s stitched to a specific body shape.

This is why when it comes dry hair cutting, it’s so important to address every hair pattern differently. Where does the hair grow? Is the texture even? Realistically, only ten percent of people spend more than ten minutes styling their hair everyday.

So why wouldn’t I want to shape the hair in the way that this hair is usually styled, the way it naturally parts, the way the cowlicks fall? It’s still important to cut hair wet when you want to create an entirely different architectural plan for the hair. When wetting the hair, I can manipulate it to do whatever I need it to do. But in real life, when the hair dries, it has its will and its way, and that’s why I like to cut a lot of my hair dry. I find it important, because people can see what is happening at the moment, and seeing a haircut come to life, especially those who have fears because they’ve had a bad experience in the past – their hair’s been cut too short, or too layered, and they have this terrible fear that it’s going to happen again. When cutting hair dry, my clients can see everything happening in front of them, and at the same time, I also regain their trust. Dry hair cutting is beautiful because it’s organic; it’s customized to every pattern of hair texture, and you can see all the split ends versus not seeing them when the hair is wet.

I do feel that dry hair cutting is a must! I think it should be embraced and play a role in your hair maintenance.  Your hair is an accessory, an important part of your everyday life. Some of the most trendy hair salons are offering dry hair cutting these days, and here at Meleesa the Salon, we are constantly on top of trends, without the added drive to LA. Come visit us for your most fabulous dry haircut…we are here to understand your lifestyle and help you achieve your hair goals.

Meleesa Luna


Where I’ve Been, Where I’m At, and Where I’m Going

If you know me, you know I’m a free-spirited and strong-willed believer in transformation, growth, and creativity. I’m a hairstylist and artist, but there are so many layers to what I do. I have a big vision and I like to partake in many creative outlets. The way I live my life, the way I design my salon to share with others, and my love for cooking are all manifestations of my mission to uplift people as a creative force for good in their lives. That’s my deepest desire.

My passion is connecting with my clients, understanding and then interpreting their emotional needs. My role is to translate this emotional connection to the physical so that the outside complements the inside.

The past few months have been extremely transformative for me…I’m in the process of growing into a more creative/artistic collaborative role.  In addition to working with my loyal clients, I’ve also been focused on editorial projects and creative collaborations with Neuma and several others.

I’ve been molting, metamorphosing, reshaping, readjusting, and reevaluating what life is really about, what kind of life I want to live, working with my spiritual coaches, doing a lot of yoga, experiencing quiet in nature, and disconnecting from our busy, chaotic world. It hasn’t been easy or fun – at times, it’s even been painful – but now I feel I can see clearly.

During this process of transformation, I’ve started creating video content of my everyday life – meeting with influential people in the creative/spiritual transformative space, including yoga experts, and documenting everything from my recipes to flower arrangements, interior decorating and lifestyle design! I can’t wait to show you what excites me and take you along to all the wonderful places I visit!

I’ve noticed in life that sometimes we are forced into a shift one way or another, so it’s best to be ready and flexible even if you don’t necessarily know when it’s going to happen. Surrender control of everything, because life usually takes its own path. Surrender your own ideas of what should be, because nothing goes according to plan or design — there’s something much bigger at work in our universe.

Everything is moving so fast in this world and I’ve really enjoyed slowing down, taking it all in, and connecting with people who are close to me. It’s so important to experience what’s really going on around us — and I hope you are able to do the same!

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