Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines.
Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in our salon today.
Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.
It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.
How is balayage applied?
Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour.
How long does it take to do balayage?
The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.
What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?
Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights because the finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder. The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face