You’ve probably heard the term balayage before as it has been around since the 70s and has really taken off in the last two decades, but is this technique for you?
What is balayage?
The French word balayage means ‘sweeping’ and relates to how you paint the hair using a freehand almost painterly technique. Unlike highlights, there are no foils involved and as a result of the colour placement, you achieve a beautiful blend of tones from the mids to the ends of your hair. It is a completely bespoke service as it works with the tones of the hair.
Balayage is a technique and not a colour!
What colour is balayage?
The simple answer… whatever you want it to be! A lot of balayage you see is on brunette and blonde hair, giving stunning highlights using bleach and toner, however that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this look. As a balayage aims to give you a sun-kissed, soft look, and uses light and shade to create dimension, you can actually have this look with a many different colours. You aren’t just limited to natural hair colours!
How long does it take?
This technique varies in time depending on how you want your style to look. It can take anywhere from around 45 minutes for a simple look to several hours if you want multiple layers. Plus there is the processing time as well to consider. Your stylist will be able to give you an idea of time when you book.
Who might have balayage?
If you typically have an all-over colour you might find that balayage is a great way to add extra dimension to your hair. Similarly, if you have highlights, you might use balayage as a great way to elevate your look – especially if you’ve been having highlights for a while. The freehand technique allows stylists to work with your current colour and style to create an effect that complements your existing hair colours, so it will give depth to your hair whether it’s light or dark.
Will it last long?
The beauty of balayage is that the colour is focused on your mid-section down, meaning that you don’t end up with harsh roots, which can happen with highlights. While it will lose its oomph over time, it is a very low maintained look that can be revived every few months.
Of course, if your base colour isn’t your natural colour you may need to top up your hair a little sooner.
What are the benefits of balayage?
This hairstyle is not only low-maintenance but it is also a more natural version of highlights, meaning it’s less noticeable when it grows out. It’s also less damaging to the hair as you’re not using bleach all over – though a great bond protector such as Brazilianbondbuilder will always help to give that extra protection and sheen.