Hair trends change regularly but it looks like balayage is hear to stay. If you are after a softer colour that blends well with your natural hair and needs less maintenance then balayage is worth considering. The look is less formal, more beachy and 100% individual.
Balayage comes from the French word "to sweep" or "to paint." It is a highlighting technique that allows your hair stylist to create a look for you that cannot be repeated, your personal style. It is our favourite way to refresh a colour without a total colour makeover. The technique uses light and shade to give dimension to your colour. Our lead colourist Stephanie Bean says "It is the most fun, yet natural hair colour to have."
How does is work?
Colour is applied to the surface of the hair, it does not saturate, or it won't offer you the softer effect. Your stylist should have their pieces very close together applying colour softly at the roots, with the ends of the hair having a thicker coverage. Rather than using all foil to conduct heat, your colour is applied and processed very differently.
What colours can be used?
As a highlight, your stylist can use any colours and work with any coloured hair, although it will not cover greys, it is a great way to disguise them. If you want bold reds, stunning blondes or deep brunettes you can have them while looking after your hair health too.
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Less maintenance you say?
Because the colour is more random, balayage grows without strong regrowth lines. It gives you a more natural look like the sunblessed hair you had as a child. Our stylists are finding clients can wait longer between appointments which is a bonus with our busy lives.
Our hot tip is to ask you stylist for babylights. The technique is applied extremely finely to get even longer from your colour. Using good quality shampoo and styling products will also keep your hair fresh.
Can you have balayage with textured or short hair?
It works with all textures, in fact stylists love working with curly hair when using this technique as they can select each individual curl to apply the colour to. If you have short hair it is as simple following your natural growth pattern.
Is it the same as ombré?
Ombré is a seamless gradiation from darker to lighter and people often confuse the two styles. It is possible to use both ombré and balayage to achieve results that will amaze. Ombré is more of a statement with the colour generally starting mid way down the length of you hair.
'Balayage is the most fun yet natural hair colour to have.'
If you would like to try balayage but are not quite ready to part with your foils, discuss it with your stylist during your consultation.
At Anton Hair we have found that we can use balayage techniques around the hair line with traditional foils to ease our clients into trying a fresh new look.
Balayage is not just free hand colour, it is a specialised art form.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"Love love love my new cut, don't know why i waited soooo long thank you. I'm still twirling in front of the mirror. Going forward looking great."