My Story


Hey there! Thank you for stopping by 
I'm Eda  👉@balaygangsta
I have 17 years of experience as a customized hair colorist. I excel with color formulation and advance signature balayage techniques.
I have worked in a couple of local movie sets in Michigan and a few Hollywood movie stars & influencers such as Amy McCarthy, Corrina Roshea, Jack Nasser. I have been honored to be seen a few times on FOX2 as well.
During my business journey, I had the opportunity to serve our community by delivering the best balayage in Michigan. 
​Thank you for taking your time to read my story and how I decided to become a hairstylist 
Ever since I was a kid, I loved doing hair and the kids in my neighborhood would allow me to do their hair. I would braid and brush the girls hair, and I would cut the boys hair. I was so proud of myself, but I wonder now how their hair really looked. I grew up in a time where I didn't have cameras, but if I had to be back at that time and I had to look at their hair now, I am sure they would say, ''what was I thinking." 😂 
​Besides the fact that I love doing hair, I became a hairstylists because when I moved from Albania 22 years ago, I needed to find a hairdresser ​that would suggest the hair color that would look good on me vs.​ ​just applying color on my hair. I needed to find a hair artist!
Being from Eastern Europe with small features, a little bit of a change about my hair will make a huge difference in the way my whole look is. It shows everything. If my hair is cut or​ ​colored the wrong way will not look​ good​ on me. 
​I was told I am particular when it comes to my hair, but my philosophy is different. I like to pay attention to the details because I believe it makes the whole difference in the way we look and feel. ​
After 5 years in Michigan and 3 years in college for computer science and communication, I was still looking to find a hair artist who understood my hair and my features. I wanted to know what makes one stylist use certain​ hair​ colors on the client. I​ wanted to determine how the artistic part of hair works on my own.
So then I decided to go to beauty school. I know it sounds a little bit crazy.
But gratefully, my parents, even though they didn't expect ​me to make that huge shift ​in my life, supported my decision. 
I left college to go to beauty school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  
For over 15 years in the in the hair industry, I grew to love the business part of the business that's why in 2015, I opened Papillon Blanc Salon, which translates from the french, butterfly, 🦋 a symbol of transitory nature of beauty itself. 
 I was curious about the chemistry of hair. I wanted to know the ins and outs of hair chemistry, hair growth, and the changes that hair goes through from person to person.
Because hair is so important to me, I decided to take beauty and hairdressing to a different level and graduated from KSA Beauty Academy in Ann Arbor.
After being in the industry for over a decade, I have acquired much knowledge about hair. Being able to determine which hair color suits each person, and being able to create and duplicate each hair color has become second nature to me.
However, during my hair journey, I realized the most crucial part of working behind the chair is that being who you are is a critical component of doing what I love.
To me, it’s not just about doing hair. It’s about achieving each customer’s desire in a way that is so valuable to them. Hair is so personal; my goal is to make every person feel the best they possibly can.
There is a certain confidence that becomes part of a person’s attitude when one likes the way they look. I have had women tell me after services that it has changed the way they walk or behave when their hair looks good. That is so rewarding to me.
By opening the salon I get to experience this bliss every day and help more and more people gain the confidence they need to feel amazing.



Did you know that we are one of the first hair salons in Michigan to specialize in balayage? Not only are we one of the best artists in the balayage, but we are also proud hair colorists in Michigan.

If you are looking to have your hair look natural and seamless, balayage is the most effective technique. 

We do recommend that you consult with your stylist before each hair coloring service.  


Color, Color Melt & Cut

Of course, just like any hair salon, offer a regular cut and color. Our hair stylists are incredibly talented at creating a look that you will absolutely love, using their experience and your desires to create a beautiful result! You can bring in photos for guidance or let our stylists suggest cuts and colors that will flatter your face and skin tone.


Say that a month or so ago you had an amazing color service and left the salon feeling like an absolute queen. Now, some weeks later, you just aren’t loving your hair as much and you can’t quite put your finger on what it may be. Over time, your hair color will naturally change color to some extent — even with permanent dyes. This is completely normal and just something that we have to deal with. Thankfully, a toner is an easy fix for this problem. This is a great option for people who have their hair colored but do not have full color services every four to six weeks. A toner can tone down the brassiness, add a nice hue, or add warmth depending on your desired look.

Hair Extensions

If you are looking for tape in hair extensions in Birmingham, we’ve got you, and your gorgeous new locks covered. Tape in hair extensions not only add length to your hair, but fullness and texture as well. Make sure to choose a hair salon with excellent colorists (like us!) for extensions so they can color match the extensions and your natural hair for a seamless transition.


Blowouts are becoming more and more popular. Some women get a blowout for a special occasion, whereas others religiously visit our Birmingham salon for a weekly blowout. A blowout is a service that involves a wash, blowdry, and style. It’s more of a pampering session than a hair service, yet it leaves your hair looking fabulous and fills you with confidence.

Pro Tip: If you do get blowouts and other hair services regularly, take a look at our membership program. Our membership includes an annual fee in exchange for major discounts on your regular services, including blowouts which are only $20 with the membership program! (Our membership plan is available for a limited time only so be sure to check here for the latest details! However, once you sign up, your prices are guaranteed to be locked in for one year!)


Eyebrow Shaping 

The state of your eyebrows can have an effect on your entire face. Not only does the shape of your eyebrows matter, but the color does as well. We offer eyebrow shaping and tinting services. Eyebrow tinting or eyebrow coloring can help your eyebrows stand out more if your brows are naturally light or white/gray, or it can help your eyebrows and hair go better together if you color your hair differently than your natural color.

Schedule A Service At Our Birmingham Hair Salon Today!

Papillon Blanc is the hair salon Birmingham residents trust with their gorgeous locks. From superior balayage application thanks to the extensive training and experience of our stylists and colorists  Schedule an appointment today!

 If you have any questions or appointment request, fill out the form below with all the details, or simply call us. We respond to massages within 48 h