What is Balayage?

Your Balayage Questions Answered

What is balayage?

"Balayage" (taken from the French word for "sweeping") is a freehand colouring technique and taken from the French word “sweeping".

Colour is painted directly onto designated sections of the hair without using foil. The result is a more natural, sun-kissed hue without any any harsh, distinctive contrast between colours.

What's the difference between balayage and ombre?

Both sombre (meaning "dark") and ombré (meaning "shade") are two-toned looks that are darker at the roots, fading to lighter at the ends. With ombre, you can often detect quite a stark difference in tone, sombre is more natural and blends more seamlessly.

What's the difference between balayage and highlights?

Balayage is a more natural, softer, looking result than traditional foil highlights. Re-growth lines are less prominent, and the lines are more fine, creating a sun-kissed look that recreates a sun holiday.

 

What's the difference between balayage and highlights?

Balayage is a more natural, softer, looking result than traditional foil highlights. Re-growth lines are less prominent, and the lines are more fine, creating a sun-kissed look that recreates a sun holiday.

Do I have to have blonde balayage?

Not at all. If you’ve never coloured hair before, balayage is the ideal option for upgrading your hair colour. Although blonde balayage is the go-to shade, you can experiment with most colours and incorporate a mix of multi-tonal shades to add depth and texture to hair for an fab, cool look.

Do I have to grow out existing foil colour before balayage?

The ease of balayage is it can go over existing colour. The technique itself is about working with the colour of your hair, as highlights are applied from the mid-lengths downwards.

The best balayage starts with a good cut – which ultimately creates an ideal base for adding balayage to suit your features better.

Your stylist will be able to advise the best cut and shape for your face, as well as the perfect colour to suit your skin tone. A good colourist will be able to find the right hue for you.

Pull together some images to show your stylist what you are looking for and they will be able to work out what is best:

  • Balayage for pale skin: blonde, red and light brown or dark brown balayage will work best.
  • Balayage for medium skin tone: avoid any light colours that can wash out the skin. Stick to warm blondes and soft browns if you want a lighter hue. The ideal colours for you would be chocolate browns and reds. If you want to experiment with the colour, cool shades like blues or purples will suit best.

How long does balayage last and how can I maintain it?    

As this technique grows out naturally, it takes a lot less maintenance than a traditional full head of colour. If you're wondering how to maintain balayage, look after it with products to cleanse and reveal beautiful highlights.

"Like a therapist or the local doctor, hairdressers are in a position of trust. We are transforming not just how a person looks but how they feel and, therefore they want to tell us things."

Tabatha Coffee

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