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Thursday, December 24 2015
Happy Balaydays!

Happy Balaydays, painters! It's been a wonderful year of tradeshows, classes, and education, and a wonderful way to kick of the first year of Sunlights. We look forward to an even better year in 2016, and can't wait to see plenty of faces, new and old, along the way!

Don't forget -- Candy Shaw will be in Irvine, CA on January 10th to teach a class at the Hotel Irvine! See our events page for tickets and details, and get ready to join the Balayage Revolution!

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Wednesday, November 18 2015
A Year Filled With Sunlight!

What a year! A long season of tradeshows and classrooms has finally come to a close for the Balay Lama and the Sunlights Artisan Team, and it's time for a much needed respite from the road before it all kicks into high gear again in January! It's been an incredible year and Sunlights has grown and spread like wildfire, with distribution and events from coast to coast, all thanks to ambitious and hungry stylists nationwide eager to join the Balayage Revolution™ and spread a little Sunlight on their careers. The changes over the last year have been astounding, and there's no telling what 2016 will hold for Sunlights and where the Sunlights Artisan Team will show up!

Just because the 2015 schedule is wrapped up, Candy and the Team are still hard at work painting hair and getting ready for next year, so be sure to keep up with the blog, check out Candy's weekly Tips & Tricks segment on our YouTube page, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don't miss a thing! Thank you to everyone who's made this past year possible; we look forward to seeing you again (along with plenty of new faces) in 2016!

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Wednesday, October 28 2015

The Sunlights Artisan Team wrapped up a whirlwind tradeshow season this past weekend with a stop in Alabama at Premiere Birmingham! The team led Look & Learn classes on both Sunday and Monday, and gave demonstrations on the tradeshow floor to eager crowds of aspiring hair painters. Sunlights would like to give a big thank you to Premiere Birmingham for putting on such a spectacular event and to everyone that came out to learn about the art of balayage!

Don't worry -- just because the tradeshow season is over doesn't mean the Sunlights Artisan Team is taking a break! They'll be in Dallas, Texas on November 16th with the Balay Lama herself, Candy Shaw, teaching students how to paint their way to financial freedom; see you there!


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Wednesday, October 14 2015

On October 11 and 12, Candy Shaw and the Sunlights Team dazzled at the Premiere Beauty Classic in Columbus, Ohio in front of not one, not two, but three sold out crowds! In all, 1500 people came out to listen to the Balay Lama and her team present, not to mention all of the wonderful people that stopped by the Sunlights booth. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to everyone that came out and contributed to making this event so spectacular, and thank you to the Premiere Beauty Classic for putting on such a fantastic show!

Don't forget, Sunlights will be at Next Level 2015 this weekend! The hardest working team in hair? Maybe! See you there!

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Thursday, October 08 2015

The Atlanta Falcons, in partnership with Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, held their annual Dazzle & Dine event Tuesday night to honor both those undergoing treatment for breast cancer and those that have survived it. Ten special survivors were recognized for their contributions to their community and dedication to helping those sharing their experience. These outstanding women were treated to a day of pampering at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, followed by a dinner and presentation at Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi, hosted by the Atlanta Falcons, where they were honored for their work and strength in the face of adversity.

Video of the event can be found here.

Rise Up! Beat Cancer!

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Wednesday, September 30 2015

The Sunlights Team and Salon Lofts sent September out with a bang, hosting the Balay Lama herself, Candy Shaw, and special guest Ryan Teal, at the W Hotel - Buckhead in Atlanta. After Ryan Teal's riveting presentation, Candy Shaw showed off her work in an exciting runway show and live demonstration of her Balayage technique to a sold out crowd!

We at Sunlights would like to extend a huge thank you to Ryan Teal for his contribution to the event, to Salon Lofts for helping make the whole thing happen, and, last but not least, to everyone who came out and made Sunday an absolutely fantastic night!

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Friday, September 11 2015

The Balay Lama and the Sunlights Artisan team are heading to Ohio in October for Premiere Columbus! Candy will be holding a seminar on the main stage Sunday afternoon at 3:00p and instructing classes on Sunday at 1:00p and Monday at 11:00a , and you can stop by to see the team at booth #442!

Click here to register, more information about the event, and see the full roster of exhibitors.

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Tuesday, September 08 2015

Get the most out of Sunlights! From the creators of Sunlights and and Balay Box, THE ACADEMY is an Atlanta-Based 2 day course that helps stylists advance their skills in French Balayage and French Haircutting. With over 20 years of expertise and thousands of students, THE ACADEMY is where you can take your Sunlights to the next level. The skills you learn in the Balayage courses will translate into better and faster Balayage, and Financial Freedom behind the chair!

For details and information on courses and a full schedule, please visit the Jamison Shaw Academy website.

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Thursday, August 27 2015

Running three businesses, staying behind the chair, and being a passionate educator isnt easy. How does Candy Shaw Codner do it? Fitness is a big part of it! Sometimes while we as stylists are busy keeping our businesses running strong, we sometimes neglect ourselves in the process. Candy talks about how she began her own fitness journey and how she encourages a culture of health and well-being among her stylists at the salon.

Check out the article at the link below:

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Thursday, August 20 2015

We're sending more love to Youtube! The Sunlights Balayage Youtube channel is pumped full of tips and tricks to help you stay on top of your game. We are introducing even more weekly content and videos to keep your Balayage techniques sharp! Subscribe to our channel and keep your arsenal stocked with great education, no matter where you are!

Visit and Subscribe to the Sunlights Balayage Youtube Channel

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Tuesday, August 04 2015

In the last weekend of July, Sunlights Balayage hosted a wildly successful "train the trainers" event where the Atlanta Academy July 26th and 27th class was combined with a group of special trainers from our distributors. We had 48 students in total! The trainers had an intense 2 days where they not only learned Balayage Techniques, they were trained in how to teach and demonstrate the method effectively. Sunday evening wrapped up with a "Balay Bash" at the home of Candy Shaw. After all of that hard work, these trainers are now official Sunlights educators, which means more opportunities for you to attend the education events! A big thank you to everyone who was a part of the class and gave their passion and dedication; you help keep the revolution going!

Contact a distributor near you to find an education event

Stay up to date with us on our facebook page

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Friday, July 03 2015

Press Release

For Immediate Release, Las Vegas, Nevada:  THE BALAY BOX®, “A Complete Balayage Class in a Box,” the brainchild of celebrity stylist and educator Candy Shaw, the creator of SUNLIGHTS® Professionnel Balayage Lightener, is a finalist in the 2015 CITY Awards competition.  The “Cosmetic Innovator of the Year (CITY)” Awards recognize product innovation and packaging design as well as unique advertising concepts in the cosmetic industry in fourteen different categories including make-up, skin care, bath & body and, of course, hair care.  This year marks the 42nd annual gathering of the “Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD)”, a prominent cosmetic industry trade association and the event’s sponsor.  The Award Ceremony announcing this year’s winners will be held on July 13 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in conjunction with Cosmoprof’s annual international beauty convention.  

Since its launch just over a year ago, SUNLIGHTS & THE BALAY BOX have taken North America by storm.  In just over 90 days, SUNLIGHTS gained distribution with “A” list distributors in 43 U.S. states and 4 Canadian Provinces, and it looks as though it will complete its North American distribution network by mid-summer.  SUNLIGHTS is also in discussions with several of the world’s leading manufacturers reps about taking its products into as many as 120 countries by years end.
Candy Shaw, known to her friends as “The Balay Lama®”, along with her family, will be attending the gala on SUNLIGHTS’ behalf.  The guest speakers for the evening include industry icons Harlan Kirschner, CEO of The Kirschner Group, Beth Minardi and George Schaeffer, founder of OPI.  This year’s competition is stiff, along with Candy, Jennifer Aniston is also a finalist in the hair care category.  

For additional information or images please contact
You can visit SUNLIGHTS Balayage & THE BALAY BOX at booth #5244 in the Professional  Beauty Pavilion at Cosmoprof July 12th -14th.

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Monday, June 22 2015

Premeire Orlando was so fantastic we had to relive it just one more time. Candy Shaw's color stage class is on the Premeire TV youtube channel and we can't stop watching it! The Balay Lama presented a jam packed 40 minutes of amazing Balayage techniques to a standing room only audience. A BIG thank you to everyone who showed up and brought their passion and dedication to make the class a success. And of, course thank you to Premeire Orlando for giving us this amazing opportunity!

Click to watch the video at youtube

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Wednesday, June 17 2015

Attention west coat hair painters! The Balay Lama and her crew are taking the show on the road again, and we're coming to Las Vegas! If you are attending the event, make sure to stop by and talk to us at booth #6529. There you can pick up a Balay Box, get DVDs, meet Candy Shaw, and more! See you there!

Click the link to visit the IBS Las Vegas Website

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Wednesday, June 10 2015

Ohhhhh Canada! In just three short months, Sunlights has gained distribution in 43 states and four Canadian Provinces, and looks to have the remainder of North America covered by mid-summer.  And if that’s not enough, Sunlights has been approached by one of the world’s leading manufacturer’s reps who’s interested in taking Sunlights to over 100 countries around the world by year’s end. The Balayage revolution is taking over the world!

View all of our distributors

Click to visit Canrad's website

Click to visit West Coast Beauty Supply's website

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Wednesday, June 03 2015

From sold out classrooms, standing room only color stage, and to a swamped booth, the energy and enthusiasm made this the best show of the year so far. Thank you to every one who came and supported Sunlights, the Balay Lama, and the Artisan team. It was truly a joy bring Sunlights to the Sunshine State!

Check out our facebook page to recap all of the excitement!

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Tuesday, May 26 2015

We are ready to shine bright at the biggest Hair and Beauty show of the year! We have two sold out classrooms, Candy Shaw on the Color Stage, and a jam packed booth. Come by and see us! You won't want to miss it!

Check out the Premeire Orlando Website for detailed information

Stay up to date with Candy on her facebook page

Follow us on the Sunlights Balayage Facebook page

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Friday, May 15 2015

We love Balayage nation! Let us know when you get your Balay Box and Sunlights by posting your pics over at the Sunlights Balayage Facebook page. We can’t to see you!

Visit our Sunlights Balayage Facebook Page

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Wednesday, May 06 2015

Are you ready to jump into the tank? We are! Candy Shaw, founder of Sunlights, and her son, Jamison Shaw, put their best foot forward and submitted an application for the PBA Beauty Pitch at this upcoming Cosmoprof in Las Vegas. Beauty Pitch is a "Shark Tank" Style event where startup companies pitch their product to an expert panel of renowned businessmen and entrepreneurs including potential investors. Panelists include Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank host, John Paul Dejoria,CEO and Co- Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems; Melissa Goldstein, Beauty and Lifestyle Director at Martha Stewart Living and Weddings; and Neil Parmar, Journalist at

Check it out below!

Click here to watch the Sunlights Balayage Pitch on youtube

Click here to learn more about the PBA Beauty Pitch

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Monday, April 27 2015

Did you hear of an upcoming class and want to get tickets? Perhaps you've seen pictures of our look and learns and want to see if we're in your area? Problem solved! Introducing the Education Events page, where you can find out where we are going to be and even get tickets to the event!

Visit the Education Events Page

Check out our Facebook Page

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Monday, April 20 2015

Over here at Sunlights, we love Olaplex! Candy Shaw takes a moment to talk to us about how she uses Olaplex as a wonderful additive to help protect client's hair as she paints balayage . She walks us through the right amounts to use, common problems stylists have when mixing the two, and how to acheive the best consistency and results.

Check out the youtube link below to watch this informative video:

Visit the Olaplex website to learn more about the product:

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Monday, April 13 2015

Candy Shaw aka "the Balay Lama" didn't just create Sunlights - She also comes comes from a family of succsesful hairdressers. Check out this amazing story about how she, her father, and her son are all apart of the legendary Jamison Shaw Hairdressers in Atlanta, Ga - the salon that taught  her how to perfect her craft and become an industry icon.

Read the story over at the Salon today website:

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Wednesday, April 01 2015

Sunlights is now shining coast to coast! This week, Sunlights secured distributors in both California and Florida; bringing Sunlights to over 30 States in America. With just over a year under our belt, Sunlights is blazing a bright path for the Balayage Revolution!

See who sells sunlights in your area; find distributors near you:

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Friday, March 27 2015

As a testament to her decades of hard work and dedication, Candy Shaw was honered as one of Salon Today's women of vision in the September 2014 issue. Candy sat down with Stacy Soble to talk about the highs and lows of running three successful businesses, her own personal journey, and gives advice to hairdressers in building their own successful careers. Candy also talks about her game-changing venture, Sunlights:

"My vision for the future of my company is to help usher in the balayage revolution. Balayage will change the hair color industry in America as we know it. Just as foils took the place of pulling hair through a cap, balayage will take the place of foils. It’s the natural progression of things. Balayage is faster, more profitable, greener and considerably more fun. I founded my company to help achieve this end."

Revisit this inspiring and fantastic interview over at Salon Today:

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Tuesday, March 24 2015

Chicago, wow, what a great show! On the 1 year anniversary of the launch of sunlights we returned with a bang to a sold out look and learn and fabulous booth experience! ABS thanks for the memories!




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Tuesday, March 24 2015

One year of Balayage revolution! Thank you to everyone who has supported us in this year - and here are the many more years of Beautiful Balayage to come!

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Friday, March 06 2015
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Monday, March 02 2015
Sunlights + Pinwheel Balayage - Stunning hair!

Having Balayaged hair for over 20 years, Shaw's latest Pinwheel collection was inspired by her new movement in haircolor, painting the breaks of hair. "Haircolor has to move with the haircuts of today which have more air and pieces" says Candy Shaw. "Also, when you paint the breaks or peaks of the hair you bring highlights forward to reflect the light, " Doing it in a pinwheel formation follows the shape of the head and helps to identify where the hair opens and closes. In some cases Shaw teases the scalp and only paints the ends when using multiple colors.

You can learn to do it too! Candy explains the pinwheel technique in detail on the French Cutting & Balayage collection volume 3. Get yours now!

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Wednesday, February 18 2015
Central States launches SUNLIGHTS & THE BALAY BOX

Press Release
            Fort Wayne, Indiana  For immediate release: Central States Beauty Supply, one of Indiana’s oldest and most respected professional beauty supply houses, has launched SUNLIGHTS Balayage Lightener & THE  BALAY BOX in its territory to coincide with the company’s 70th anniversary.  Founded in February 1945 by Robb & Rick Bruns’ grandfather, Dean  Arnold, Central States has been in continuous operation serving Indiana and parts of Michigan & Ohio for three generations.
            Balayage, also known as ‘hair painting’, is sweeping the nation, and the movement is being led by SUNLIGHTS Balayage, the country’s premier balayage company. Leading the charge is celebrity stylist, top educator & salon owner Candy Shaw, SUNLIGHTS’ inventor.  Daughter of world champion competition hairstylist Jamison Shaw, Candy’s company SUNLIGHTS, like Central States, is a third-generation family-owned and operated business.  The two companies share very similar values.
            “Balayage will take the place of foil highlights, the same way foil highlighting took the place of pulling hair through a cap” says Shaw.  “The way cell phones replaced land lines, it’s inevitable!"  “Balayage is faster, more profitable, ‘Greener’ & more fun than conventional foil highlighting.  But more importantly, the results are natural-looking sun-kissed hair which is exactly what every woman wants today!" Candy adds.
            “We’re thrilled to align ourselves with SUNLIGHTS & THE BALAY BOX, a revolutionary ‘balayage class in a box’," says Robb Bruns, Central States’ President. “SUNLIGHTS and the ‘Balayage Revolution’ it’s ushering in is one of the most exciting things to happen in our industry in a long time.  Our launch went so well we had to re-order additional inventory within just two days!  We’ve also had to move our upcoming SUNLIGHTS educational event to a larger facility after only two days of ticket sales the event has been so well received!"  “We’re very excited about all of this, we see a really ‘bright’ future together for SUNLIGHTS and Central States" says Bruns.
            For more information please contact or

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Friday, February 13 2015

Education will help you get the most out of Sunlights and create  beautiful balayage that is effortless.  Come see why you owe it to yourself!


February 22 & 23         French Balayage        Atlanta Academy
March 9                           French Balayage        Central States Supply Co. Training Center
March 16                         French Balayage        Central States Supply Co. Training Center
July 26 & 27                    French Balayage        Atlanta Academy
September 27 & 28     French Balayage        Atlanta Academy
November 8 & 9            French Balayage        Atlanta Academy


The Balay Lama shares her masterful techniques of haircutting and painting energy into hair. Grab your copy over at

questions for us? send an email to

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Monday, February 02 2015

For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, California. Balayage is ‘sweeping’ the nation, and SUNLIGHTS Professionnel Balayage Lightener™, the nation’s premiere balayage company, proved just that at PBA’s season opening 2015 International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach California on January 24-26. With literally hundreds of stylists mobbing the SUNLIGHTS booth all weekend to witness the live balayage demonstrations, SUNLIGHTS completely SOLD OUT of all inventory by mid-day on the last day of the show.  Show goers bought nearly 200 BALAY BOXES®, the now famous ‘balayage class in a box’ containing everything a stylist needs to learn how to and do balayage.  THE BALAY BOX is the ‘brain child’ of celebrity stylist, salon owner and educator Candy Shaw. Relegated to taking orders for the remainder of the show after its inventory sold out, SUNLIGHTS filled an additional 200 orders from its east coast warehouse upon returning home from the show. “The Long Beach show was a huge success for us!” said Candy Shaw, “California is undoubtedly a great market for SUNLIGHTS.”

    Since the beginning of 2015, SUNLIGHTS has secured distribution in over 30 states and the District of Columbia and is actively talking to other first tier distributors in the remaining states.  We hope to have our nation wide distribution network in place by the end of February. “We’re very excited about the fantastic group of SUNLIGHTS distributors we’re putting into place” says Shaw. “They’re clearly the nation’s top independent distributors and several are third generation family businesses like SUNLIGHTS.”

    The SUNLIGHTS booth was so swamped that our California and Las Vegas distributor had to come back three times just to meet Candy and discuss some of the details of our upcoming launch.  “We were very pleased to make the acquaintance of Karl & Teresa Sweis and Glen Pacek of Sweis, Inc. and are extremely excited about our March 30 southern California launch.  Sweis is one of the country’s top distributors and California and Nevada are great markets for SUNLIGHTS. We couldn’t be more pleased about forging this alliance” says Shaw.  

    For more information about SUNLIGHTS & THE BALAY BOX please contact

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Friday, January 23 2015
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Monday, January 19 2015

This is just a snippet from the Sunlights Instructional DVD availible in our store. Grab a copy to start painting beautiful, gorgeous balayage.

You can also check out our youtube page for more videos , take a class, or catch us on the road

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Monday, January 12 2015

We love hearing your stories of how you are changing your lives with a brush and paddle! Thank you!

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