What is Balayage?
Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour – similar to what nature gives us as children – with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks.
What’s making it so popular recently?
It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Now it’s becoming better known because all the models and A-listers are wearing it. Clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets and want to get that finish rather than the uniform highlights that foils give.
Why have Balayage?
If you want a hairstyle that is considered to be low-maintenance, won’t leave you in the salon every few weeks, doesn’t matter if you let your roots grow, you need to look no further. The answer is simple – balayage.
Almost like ombre but less structured than that, the balayage style is a free-hand design normally incorporating light and dark shades of browns, blondes, reds, coppers and more. There’s a look to suit everyone – that’s the greatest thing about the balayage highlights!
If you want to get balayage hair just right, you need to do things in the right order. First, you need to determine the cut of your hair and then you need to go ahead and add the color. If you do this the wrong way around, cutting your hair after dying can change the entire look and dynamic of the effect. You might find that you don’t see it at all.
Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?
It works on both light and dark hair, so anyone really. Both Rihanna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are great examples of balayage poster girls. We’re currently doing a technique called ‘bronde’ popular amongst celebs such as Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo. It’s the perfect combination of brown and blonde tones, bronde is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter colour, it can be warm neutral or cool. The choice is really between you and your colourist. Balayage pretty much works for all lengths except very short cropped hair.