Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Getting Your Hair Balayaged

Welcome to our new post, Hair By Lisa Port Macquarie. Think of it as your direct line to the designers, stylists, beauty experts, editors, and tastemakers who are shaping the fashion and beauty world.

When we first heard about Balayage, it was a hair game changer.

No longer did we have to sit, head in foils, for what felt like three days only to end up with hair so stripy it brought to mind images of Nicole Richie circa 2003.

No, because Balayage is the hair dye trend that changed everything.

From Alexa Chung to Rihanna, anyone who was anyone was asking for Balayage to achieve that dreamy 'just been kissed by the sun in the Maldives' caramel hair.

But could we explain what it was? Probably not...

Until now. We caught up with pro international colourist based at Paul Edmonds hair salon, Jack Howard, and John Frieda colourist Shannon Gallacher to find out exactly what Balayage is and what all the hype's about...

What is Balayage?

'Balayage is a French word meaning "to sweep" or "to paint"', explains Howard. 'It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children.'

Paul Edmonds hair salon A-list hairdresser Paul Edmonds is a star in his own right, with regular clients including Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and the Made in Chelsea cast.

What is Ribbon Blonde Balayage?

Summer 2021 is nearly here and with it, the newest interpretation of balayage: Ribbon Blonde. Originating in Australia (home of the sun-kissed blonde look, obvs), Ribbon Blonde is the ultimate out-of-lockdown transition colour for those who have come to love their natural shade but want to zhush it up a bit.

“Ribbon blond” was originally coined by the experts at Los Pastel's dreamy salon (based in Australia, but with a bunch of inspo on Insta).

Infusing tonal 'ribbons' of blonde against a darker backdrop, this style of balayage nods to an awareness of how attitudes have changed towards colour upkeep during the pandemic.

The best part is that it's completely customisable and therefore looks great for every hair type and skin tone. Whether you want the blonde to add high contrast definition or something a bit softer, your colourist can incorporate a mix of blonde tones for Bondi-beach worthy dimension.

What is 3D Balayage?

Surely all hair is 3D right? Well, arguably a dodgy dye job can make your hair colour look as flat and lifeless as if you'd hair straightened it within an inch of its life. Which is where 3D Balayage comes in.

3D balayage involves lightly sweeping sections of hair with colour to create light and shade.

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The latest techy update on the classic Balayage hair dye technique, 3D Balayage is all about adding multi-tonal dimension - think of it like contouring for your hair.

'3D balayage is great because it takes traditional balayage and makes it more multi-tonal, instead of streaky or flat', colour specialist at Jo Hansford salon in Mayfair, Shannon Lewis, told Refinery29. 'Rather than dyeing the hair with one single lighter colour, there are two shades, and one is always slightly darker.'

The result? Ultra 3D looking lights and shadows that create the illusion of thicker, more voluminous hair without any harsh lines or streaky highlights.

How can you tell if your Balayage has been done properly?

'The Balayage pieces should be very close and soft at the root leading to a thicker highlight at the ends of the hair,' says Howard. 'Balayage should be applied on the surface of the section and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn't vey soft at all.'

'It can be tailored to any skin tone - anywhere from pale icier blondes, to golden shades can be used. It's a gorgeous low-maintenance colour to take you through the entire summer as it'll start out heavy and then grow out into a lived-in finish so the upkeep is completely dependent on the wearer.'

Pati Dubroff Confirms It’s Totally Fine To Apply Makeup With Your Fingers

stylish young female artist with synthesizer in dressing room

Welcome to our new post, Just Beautiful Port Macquarie. Think of it as your direct line to the designers, stylists, beauty experts, editors, and tastemakers who are shaping the fashion and beauty world.

Art takes on a different form when it comes to makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Using bare celebrity faces and makeup brushes as her medium, she’s established herself as an artistic mastermind creating countless iconic beauty moments. Her long and successful career has taken her from ’90s-era fashion runways to

music video sets to the glossy pages of Vogue to red carpet events and, recently, even film. Her impressive résumé is well documented in the Getty Images archives of clients such as Margot Robbie, Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie, Kate Bosworth, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and so many more. Since entering the makeup world back when supermodels like Claudia Schiffer and Christie Turlington ruled the sartorial world, she’s proven herself to be a true whiz at navigating ever-changing beauty trends. To this day, you can still find her creativity flourishing on the carpets of the Met Gala or in the glossy pages of international publications. This week, she sat down with Hillary Kerr to discuss how she fell in love with makeup at the age of 10 and the many milestones she’s reached in her career throughout the decades.

Confirm or deny, I read that you started doing makeup at the age of 10. Is that true?

Confirm, yeah!

What drew you to makeup? And at what point do you go from “I’m 10 and I’m playing with it” to “Wait, this might be a career”?

It’s interesting because way back then, we’re talking 40 something years ago, being a makeup artist wasn’t a known career like it is now. I think if you ask a 3-year-old, they know what a makeup artist is now, right? But back then, it wasn’t one of the career options. My mother had this little makeup table, she wasn’t extravagant with it, but she had a few nice things, and I just gravitated to that. I wanted to play, and she let me play. I would paint it on myself, watch her do herself, then start to do her friends, my friends. Then I was the girl who everyone went to for the school plays and the dances. I just knew I loved it. I remember thinking, I want to be around this when I grow up, but I didn’t say, “I want to be a makeup artist when I grow up.” So that took me finishing high school and then getting to New York, and then obviously, department stores had makeup artists. I went straight there. That was the first entry point as a way to intertwine that thing that I was really into and a way to pay the bills. And I was young. I was straight out of high school, literally. I graduated, and I hightailed it to New York City, and I got that job at a counter. That started setting me up to see all of the opportunities. And you know, a makeup artist can be a working makeup artist in so many avenues. There are so many ways to express yourself as a makeup artist. It doesn’t have to look one way. I’m really fortunate that I got to try out a few different ways early on.

Let’s talk about the red carpet. How does that vary? What was it like figuring out what worked for the red carpet, for you, for your clients, for everyone?

Well, no one taught me the red carpet. I didn’t assist anyone on a red carpet. That was purely trial and error. The very first Oscars red carpet that I did was Liv Tyler. It was 1999, and she was wearing a lavender Prada gown, and I did a pretty makeup look. But when I look at it now, I’m like, oh, I could have been a little more red carpet polished. I didn’t know. I was doing her as if she was doing an editorial.

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It was a learning curve seeing the result of red carpet images when WireImage, back then before it was even Getty, those WireImage pictures would come out. You would just kind of have your fingers crossed and hope it looked okay. It was really just repetitively looking and going, Oh, ah. That didn’t work. Why? Not gonna do that again. Or Oh, that looked really pretty. So trial and error. And you’re not just doing the makeup for the red carpet; you’re doing the makeup for the entire rest of the night. You’re doing her at noon, and she’s out till 2 in the morning. That’s got to hold up; there’s a lot going on between those 14 hours or whatever. It’s finding the balance between looking great in every lighting situation, the makeup performing and holding, and looking great when they’re talking to their friends. I think that that’s where sometimes a misstep can happen. Someone’s wanting so bad to make sure that it’s gonna photograph well, look great on the TV screen, but they’re not thinking about that person having to be close with their peers and feel confident and not feel like they have a cake face, unless that’s their thing.

You’ve also worked with Charlize Theron a lot over the years. We’re talking about campaigns, red carpets, and even your first feature film, The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Can you tell me a little bit about that project?

Well, actually, it wasn’t my first feature film. It was my first feature film as a makeup artist. I did a feature film as an actress. But my first as a makeup artist, Charlize asked me to do that, and I was like, “Oh, no, no, no. I don’t do film. It’s not my thing.” She actually talked me into it by explaining to me that, especially with that film, we could treat it as if it was a really high-fashion editorial. Each outfit could have a very extremely different look, and we could play, and we could get really creative. So that was the carrot that was dangling that drew me in. I was concerned about the technicalities of a film set because of the whole continuity thing—I didn’t really know about continuity—but she convinced me. The makeup artists that were there that were doing the entire film, they would help me, they would teach me, and they were so gracious. And you know, it’s a little bit of a tricky position to be in when you’re the celeb request. You’re not in the union, and you’re an outsider. They were so gracious and so sweet. I got to have a lot of fun and do some crazy stuff with like gold leaf and black blood.

You have worked with Priyanka Chopra and Margot Robbie for years now, and they have countless incredibly stunning looks. Let’s talk about the camp-themed Met Gala. Priyanka wore silver Dior, there were a lot of silver accents, and you did sort of a plumb berry lip. How did that look come together?

I was looking at those images again recently, and I was like, whoa, I kind of went for it. First of all, [the theme] is camp. So that’s like anything goes. The vibe of that dress, there was a nod to the royal courts of the past. A Marie Antoinette reference was thrown into the mix. I was looking at these old Dior Galliano runway shows where he had kind of powdered white faces, very court-like, and big, big hair. There was some of that brought into the mix. I did these Swarovski crystals as a beauty mark because I had learned in my research that in that period, the placement of the beauty mark was very important for sending a message to others. Like if you place it here, you’re single. If you place it here, you’re flirty and maybe you’re ready to get rowdy. If you place it there, you’re married. I loved that, those subtle cues. We did one and then we did another, and then we thought, let’s put one in the center like a bindi because that’s speaking to her heritage. It was actually one of the trickier red carpets for me because I didn’t know what the dress was going to look like until pretty late in the game. It was one of those [times] where nobody really knew what they wanted to do until we got into the room.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

This could be anyone of us.

Excited to open a business, we inherently think about who our competition is the staff and other businesses. Our hopes and dreams how to bring them to reality, and  most of all, doing what we  love.

As time goes by frustration, weariness the great ideas begin to fade the desire to grow changes into how to get by, consumed with daily tasks and lack on knowledge turns into effort, let down, frustration, Isolation now decisions need to be made on how to stay afloat do I add more staff, rent a station do hair at home, sell the business or close her doors.

Disappointed: The team has dispersed clients are confused, staff members are disenchanted the revolving door keeps turning.

What we do!  Support you each step of the way, with systems and operation strategies, your virtual partner. Not just as a mentor or coach but at every level of your operation, we take off some of the pressure, relieve the stress so you can get on track leading your business and team.

What makes this work?  We create, coach, and implement operational functional systems you monitor the front end of your business ( If that is what you love to do, work with clients and team members ) we work the backend of your business.  Booking System, Website updates, Marketing, and Social media post,  Individual sellers page.

Our goal for you is to get one new client in your door your goal is to keep them coming back and we repeat.

ATTRACT new business BUILD your customer base GROW your business.

“Online booking will soon surpass what front desk staff can do after a guest tries online booking once they continue to use this channel.”

Every business needs a constant flow of new clients, in 3 years you may well lose half of your salon client base.

Our methodology; Understand your PASSION, DESIGN education training, and digital marketing that matches your level of SUCCESS.

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Who we are – A team that loves to create.


Helping others see a world of dreams!

Strengthening links between service providers, customers, and your brand. Encouraging and associate your brand with professional success, personal fulfillment, increase confidence. The benchmarks for our work and presentations, inspiring confidence, encouragement, and guidance. It is you who brings it to life, and creates a unique and memorable experience for everyone.

Our philosophy: I am, I think, I will

I am- What you want to achieve linked to core values.

I think- What you need to achieve your goal the core fundamentals of success.

I will - What you can and cannot do.

Guiding Principles : Focus, Draw on play and surprise, Demanding Quality, Choosing to see the positive, Ration and emotional modes.

"The beauty biz is more complex, going beyond providing excellent customer service, or groundbreaking products."


Keep it simple Unifie purpose-made for improving business performance creating an individual blueprint for your team that works with your business goals and objectives. Technology online booking, ecommerce and digital marketing -  Mastering the future what is vital to your business success. Stop the revolving door! - Unifie's virtual mall is more than a shopping experience it's a solution.


Theodore Perry

UNIFIE Founder

Step 2. Individual Booking System Setup Why $100.00 ?

Individual Booking Page

Booking page sections

Each Booking page contains the following sections, which you can customize for your scheduling requirements:

It's your page the booking system goes where you go it's directly linked to your calendar. There is no setup or learning we do all the heavy lifting for you.

Booking page sections

Scheduling options Define your scheduling scenario, you can decide:

  • If you want to use Automatic booking or Booking with approval mode.
  • If Customers will book single sessions or Session packages.
  • If you want to offer one-on-one sessions or group sessions.

Time slot settings

Control how time slots are displayed to your Customers.

  • Set the meeting duration.
  • Control how often time slots are offered.
  • Set limits on the available time presented to your Customer.
  • Control time zone behavior.

Recurring availability

  • Specify your availability pattern that repeats every week.

Date-specific availability

  • Specify your availability for specific days if your availability differs on specific calendar dates, or if your availability pattern is highly variable from week to week.

Associated calendars

  • Control all the settings that relate to your connected Calendar.

Conferencing / Location settings

  • Specify the type of meeting location you use: a virtual meeting or a face-to-face meeting.

Booking form and redirect

  • Set the meeting subject, choose the Booking form you wish to use, and decide what happens when your Customer submits the Booking form.

Customer notifications

  • Control the email and SMS notifications sent to your Customers, including scheduling confirmations, reminders, and follow-ups.

Cancel/reschedule policy

  • Define the time frame during which Customers are permitted to cancel and reschedule a booking, customize the policy description presented to Customers, and choose whether Customers should provide a cancellation/reschedule reason.

Public content

  • Provide information about the Booking page owner. This will be displayed to customers when they make a booking.

Seller's Page

Seller's page sections

Each Seller's page contains the following sections, which you can customize for your page:

It's your page, the Seller's page that goes where you go all social media feeds in one place, feature your favorite product,

Seller's page sections

The Sellers Page contains all there is to know about you! As you post on social media your seller's page automatically updates we believe that each member is so unique that they all should be able to express that uniqueness to the world. Your seller's page has your booking page, highlights your favorite product, special booking links, and can be upgraded to a full e-commerce site.

It's simple we set it all up all you need to do is copy the link and share.

About you

  • Show who you are and your very own personal style.
  • Share your influences? connect with others with the same taste and like-minded thinking.
  • Be heard, have something to say post a video or blog post.

Social Media one spot fits all.

Control message to your customers, and how to most effectively use your social media feeds when promoting, educating, or inspiring.

  • Facebook | Instagram | Pintriest | Twitter
  • Automated update.
  • Gain more followers.
  • Control the feed it's your virtual calling card.

Booking Page

  • It's your page is embedded into your seller's page for easy access and booking.


  • The love of one product, highlight your favorite product and sell directly from your page.

When to give a refund?

Have you ever?
Things are changing, the other day a client came in and received a hair color service, a total time of 3 hours. After the service, the feedback she was so happy and super pleased. The next day there was a phone call from a third party asking on behalf of the client for a refund. When asked to come back to the salon so a review could take place and see what the dramatic change of opinion was about, the reply to the request was denied.
“They made an appointment with a different salon,” said the third party now representing the client.
Without having the opportunity to review the complaint have we come to a place where clients can get services to say how please they are with the service depart then turn around and ask for a refund.
What would you do?

Kind Regards,
Theodore Perry
“Every moment is a gift so every beat matters”