We’ve all heard the word cropping up in magazines and in salons with no real explanation – what exactly is balayage? This timeless hair technique is becoming widely used across the industry and this gradient trend looks like it’s here to stay. Our go-to guide on balayage colour will make sure you’re clued up on this fashion-forward look, giving you the confidence to request it at your next salon visit.
What is Balayage?
Stemming from the French word meaning “to sweep”, balayage is the freehand, painting effect used to give hair colour a natural and organic look. The overall style is softer, with highlights emulating the sun-kissed tones that can seemingly only be achieved at the beach. Offering an alternative to foil dyes, the technique has been around
for a while, making sure colour is less uniform and leaving you with a more beachy finish.
How is it Achieved?
Balayage is a freehand technique allowing highlights to be created without the use of typical colouring foils. Se-
ctions of hair are hand painted on the surface against a backing board, combining a lightening agent through to the very tips allowing colour to come alive. Hair swatches can then be covered in cellophane in order to set the dye, leaving you with random sections of lighter tresses for an effortless look.
Benefits of Balayage
So, why choose balayage? This colouring method ensures regrowth is softer and less noticeable than tradi-tional foil highlights. Conventional highlights are neat and precise where dense streaks of colour are dis-
tributed commonly from the root, whereas the balayage effect creates an individual and bespoke colour. No
one person will have the same colour as you and the overall finish will be original and unique.
Maintenance is low for this type of dye, so you won’t need to stress about unsightly roots and hair appoint-ments. It will grow out beautifully and naturally, giving you plenty of time in between going to the salon. It re-
quires the exact same colour protection as any other colour, so don’t forget to keep your heat protection
sprays and colour shampoos handy.
Highly skilled colourists will be able to perfectly match the colour shades to your skin tone, and they will
also be able to evenly allocate areas of colour in all the right places for a flawless finish. Your features will
be lifted and you will be able to achieve that post-holiday glow all year round!
Don’t be fooled in thinking it’s just for blondes too. No matter your hair colour, this effect can be subtly
added to brighten up a look – darker haired girls will be able to try out lighter shades for a neutral finish
where as blondes can opt for some caramel lowlights. Even those with red hair can add some cinnamon
or copper balayage colourings for a stunning new look.
Celebrity Balayage Fans
Even though it’s not exactly a new technique, celebrities are requesting this look and taking it to the red
carpet. Well-known A-listers such as Lily Aldridge, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel have all adopted this style
in their own unique way proving it’s the choice of the moment. Becoming a step away from the usual Ombré colours, balayage looks stunning on both long and short locks, giving it the high-fashion status we’re seeing today.