What is Balayage Hair?
It’s a good question, and here is a short explanation of what it is, how to achieve it, and if it is right for you.
As with many fashion and hair trends, the word ‘balayage’ is from the French, and means ‘sweeping’. It is a way for you to go for a natural, sun-bleached look in which hair color is used sparingly, so that the result is a blended, multi-tonal look.
2. How To
The hair dye is dabbed on to the surface of the hair; not too deep, and with a freehand approach in which no meche or foil is required. The coloring doesn’t need to be applied thoroughly and doesn’t need to reach the tips of the hair.
3. How Long?
It can take anything from several minutes to three hours, depending on whether you want to go for the triple process – a more multi-tonal, layered balayage with different shades of color. However, if you go for this longer approach it will last much longer.
4. Why Different?
Unlike traditional highlights, balayage is painted on freehand, rather than via foil. The effect is a less uniform, block-colored look, and you won’t tend to get a marked contrast between your original hair color and the applied dye. It can be uniquely suited to you (just ask your stylist) and can either complement or divert attention from various facial features, as desired.
5. Why Now?
Recently some major celebs such as Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, have all been spotted sporting balayage, giving it a heightened profile. It has evolved to become more subtle – low-fi color but high-fi condition – the more multi-tonal and natural the better. Even those celebs with shorter hair, like Ruby Rose, have been seen with balayage.
6. Suitable For All?
Balayage works well on all hair lengths apart from those which are particularly short. Unfortunately, it won’t conceal grey hair because it is deliberately stranded and not totally immersive.
7. High Maintenance?
With balayage there are no strong regrowth lines, so you don’t need to visit the salon as often. A ‘babylight’ is the best color to opt for if you want to make it last for as long as possible. It’s well worth investing in better quality color styling products because they will retain the color for longer. And if the color turns a little rusty over time, it can be refreshed with a toner without you having to have the full treatment.